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31Oct/140

Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) adds extra protection for .ca users


CIRA adds extra security/Canadian Web Hosting

Many Canadian businesses use .ca domains and they will benefit as the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) has recently added secondary security for all .ca domain subscribers. Domain Name Systems (DNS) are often under attack and this service helps reduce the impact of attacks on the DNS infrastructure.

CIRA created the D-Zone Anycast DNS as a secondary service that will run atop the original DNS. This new service has two Anycast clouds that include 22 nodes installed in a global network of Internet exchange points (IT World Canada). The new architecture has higher performance, fault tolerance and reliability, which helps keep websites and other clouds continuously available on the internet (CIRA). The added security will help eliminate DNS outage and protect online operations of businesses and organizations.

As internet and hosting security become more advanced in Canada, more and more businesses are turning to Canadian hosting companies to take advantage of the unique compliancy and security features. Canadian Web Hosting is a company well-versed in minimizing users’ exposure to common threats, identify and assessing systems and application vulnerabilities, and providing for 24/7 monitoring, management, and response of web hosting.

For more information, visit www.canadianwebhosting.com or email them at sales@canadianwebhosting.com

Sheila W.
@CAWebHosting
@CWHUpdates

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26Sep/140

Improve your business with a better digital infrastructure

With an increase in online business trends, a company’s digital infrastructure should be beneficial to your business and not interfering with its growth. A strong framework is therefore essential to a business’ performance.

Learn the qualities of a good digital infrastructure:

1. Have options.
Your employees should have multiple ways of accessing business applications. With a soaring number of portable electronics being used, employees should have the ability to access their work applications on their phones, tablets, laptops, etc. This increases the rate of communication internally and with customers.

2. Have multi-media applications.
Business applications should be able to handle any type of communication, not just text-based. Think of videos, voice, and other data that could be easily passed between employees and with other businesses and clients.

3. Allow for collaboration.
Increase productivity by using applications that allow for collaboration in real time. Employees that can view and edit projects together save time and get better results.

Understand your current digital infrastructure:

1. Know what your current infrastructure can and cannot do.
Do you know what components you have and whether are necessary?

2. Employees need to know how to use it.
Your employees should have a clear understanding of how to use your digital infrastructure.

3. Think about your physical limitations.
The digital infrastructure needs to be able to handle the environment it is in, such as extreme weather conditions. And when problems arise and employees can’t physically get to work, they need to be able to access your digital infrastructure remotely. Customers also need to be able to get in touch for support.

How to improve your digital infrastructure:

1. Ask your employees and customers.
Find out what they think is missing. Employees and clients are the ones using your infrastructure and providing business.

2. Modify applications and come up with your own if necessary.
Find what’s right for your company and tweak it to make it perfect.

3. Virtualize it.
Use business applications that are accessible outside of your office. Store these systems on a remote server. Virtualizing also helps save you money by lowering support cost.

4. Be up to date.
Consult IT professionals and stay on top of your game. Don’t be spending money and time on developing applications that are soon out of date.

 

 Sheila W.

@CAWebHosting
@CWHUpdates

6Jun/140

Is Your House Smart?

Are the dishes done? Are your clothes spinning or rinsing? Have you made the weekly grocery list? Though the majority of us still need to physically check the dishwasher, the washing machine and the refrigerator to determine the phase of our household chores, many have made the switch to smart appliances. While smart appliances can and will relay to you the progress of its task, they have the capability to do so much more by utilizing cloud technology, truly altering the way we live at home.

Smart houses go beyond washers, dryers, and dishwashers, in fact, smart technology can be found in your home’s lighting, windows, doors and many other fixtures that can be installed into every room of your house. Acquired by Google for $3.2 Billion in early 2014, Nest presents a strong front when it comes to thermostatic technology in your home. This “must have” gadget of 2014 is changing the way we heat our homes, and saving us money along the way. After making your initial heating/cooling settings, Nest will learn and adapt to your preferences—with the help of cloud-based technology, keeping costs low, and saving energy. We live in a time where technology adapts to our preferences, learns our habits and continually changes to fit our needs. Dads around the world can rest easy knowing that no one touched the thermostat, it changed all by itself.

Though household appliances and gadgets are making the smart transition, the increasing number of apps required to manage them are beginning to take up space on our mobile devices. This opens the door for companies like Apple, who recently announced their arrival into the smart home revelation with HomeKit, and Google (who has yet to actually launch an app, but will most likely follow in Apple’s footsteps) to consolidate the information into one seamless application. In the not so distant future will we be able to control our entire house, from the front door to the back, from any mobile devise around the world. This concept may seem overwhelming but cloud-based technology allows us to access information from nearly any port around the world, eliminating the tether felt between us and our possessions.

If you’re the type of person who needs an app telling you when to drink water, how many calories you’ve burned, what to have for dinner…etc., then this is an investment you should consider. Making the transition to smart technology will not only save you time and money, but it also offers piece of mind to home owners concerned with the safety and security of their house and family. Additionally, many of these appliances and gadgets are environmentally friendly (for those who are actively trying to reduce their carbon footprint). Conversely, for those still yearning for a tech-free world, a basic fridge will suffice, and you can live happily knowing who controls the thermostat.

Kevin Liang
CTO / SEO Guru

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30May/140

Where Startups Get Their Start

 

Incubators and Accelerators have gained momentum in recent years (primarily outside the tech world) so much so, even HBO has dedicated a series to this venture. Evidently, there is a large audience of people—both tech-savvy and other, eager to learn how geeky college drop-outs can become billionaires essentially overnight.

What’s the difference between an incubator and an accelerator anyway? An accelerator is a condensed, structured program (typically 3-4 months) that aims to rapidly grow the size and value of the subsequent company.  An incubator, however, fosters an idea developed internally. There is no specific timeline, to which the project may or may not have an overall goal.  Incubators provide a level of support and similar to accelerators, that is, an intricate network of connections, opportunities and resources.

So you have a great idea, but you need to know which incubators supply the most heat? There are several factors to consider before selecting your curator. Do your research on incubators you are interested in and find out as much information as possible on your potential mentor. Ideally, you’d want to work with someone who can give you valuable advice while also remaining critically objective. Whether you are seeking an accelerator or an incubator, consider the costs associated with each option. Various rent fees may be applicable, not to mention the prospective capital your mentor may be entitled to. Choosing a launch pad sets the course of your startup and the right one can make or break a company, because after all, the dream is to be acquired by Google, right?

Canadian Web Hosting and CA Cloud proudly sponsor Zen Launchpad—a local incubator and accelerator, conveniently located across the harbor from Canadian Web Hosting’s downtown office, in North Vancouver. As the premier North Shore startup hub and collaborative workspace, Zen offers entrepreneurs the support they need to jump start their ideas (not that we’re biased or anything.). Other larger, Canadian launch pads include GrowLab, nGen and INcubes.

Once you’ve chosen your incubation site, there are hundreds of annual startup competitions your business can participate in for cash prizes and international exposure. Depending on the particular goals of your company, this may be the road you intend to take. From major US competitions like Tech Crunch’s Disrupt Cup (as seen on Season 1 of Silicon Valley), to smaller, local events such as the Grizzly Den Elevator Pitch Contest (Last year’s event was held at Zen Launchpad), there is guaranteed to be a competition best suited to your particular business.

Wherever, or whomever you chose to collaborate your idea with, be sure to do your research and understand both the risks and benefits associated with incubators and accelerators. Ultimately, your launch pad and mentor is there to help foster and grow your company in order for it to reach its full potential.

Kevin Liang
CTO / SEO Guru

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8Apr/140

Heartbleed Bug Targets OpenSSL

According to recent reports, there has been a vulnerability discovered with certain versions of OpenSSL. OpenSSL is a toolkit which implements SSL/TLS protocols as well as general cryptography for various operating systems. This vulnerability can provide a back door for attackers to gain access to confidential information.

Canadian Web Hosting is aware of this issue and we are taking the proper steps in order to mitigate the risk to our end users. We will be performing an update of the OpenSSL versions present on our shared servers. This will not be a service impacting upgrade.

For clients with VPS/dedicated servers, check your OpenSSL version using the following command through SSH:

openssl version

The output will determine if your version of OpenSSL is vulnerable.

OpenSSL 1.0.1 through 1.0.1f (inclusive) are vulnerable

OpenSSL 1.0.1g is NOT vulnerable

OpenSSL 1.0.0 branch is NOT vulnerable

OpenSSL 0.9.8 branch is NOT vulnerable

Further information can be obtained from the following link:

http://heartbleed.com/

Only CentOS 6.5 with OpenSSL 1.0.1e-15 is affected. It's recommended to patch any CentOS 6.x version.

CentOS 5.x are not affected.

CentOS released an update earlier today and can be updated by logging into shell and running

#yum update openssl

then run

#rpm -q --changelog openssl | grep -iE 'CVE-2014-0160'

and you should see "- fix CVE-2014-0160 - information disclosure in TLS heartbeat extension"

One thing to note is the rpm is backport number. Even though the version is -e (openssl-1.0.1e-16.el6_5.7.x86_64), look at the backport number "5.7" as that is the latest.

Then restart all the services that rely on the ssl library

cPanel recommends rebooting the server as a precaution.

You can test your website by going to Heartbleed Test or Heartbleed Test2

For other distros, contact our support dept.

NOTE: Window Servers are not affected.

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Iptable Rules

Here are iptables rules to block all heartbeat queries using the very powerful u32 module.

The rules allow you to mitigate systems that can't yet be patched by blocking ALL the heartbeat handshakes.

The rules have been specifically created for HTTPS traffic and may be adapted for other protocols; SMTPS/IMAPS/...

# Log rules
iptables -t filter -A INPUT -p tcp --dport 443 -m u32 --u32 "52=0x18030000:0x1803FFFF" -j LOG --log-prefix "BLOCKED: HEARTBEAT"

# Block rules
iptables -t filter -A INPUT -p tcp --dport 443 -m u32 --u32 "52=0x18030000:0x1803FFFF" -j DROP

 

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