Archive for the “Technology” Category

How Do Data Centers Keep Information Safe?

by Kelly Kirkham

When you partner with a web host, you are trusting them with your sensitive information, and believing that they will keep it away from prying eyes. But just how secure is it? Popular television shows often include hacking methods in their storylines. A typecast “nerdy” actor must quickly access sensitive information to save the day….

Historic Hacks: Spamhaus

by Kelly Kirkham

You may have noticed that today’s Historic Hack title is a little bit different. Today we are featuring the target rather than the attacker, due to the fact that the attacker is still unknown. In this installment of Historic Hack, we will look at Spamhaus as the target of one of the biggest DDoS attacks…

Historic Hacks – Melissa

by Chris Pinnock

In this historic hacks article, we’ll be taking a trip back to 1999, and looking at the Melissa macro virus, known as the first successful mass-mailing virus. Unsavory Files On the 26th March 1999, David L. Smith uploaded a Microsoft Word document to the alt.sex Usenet group with a macro hidden inside of it. The…

Historic Hacks – Kevin Mitnick

by Chris Pinnock

This time on historic hacks, rather than concentrating on a specific hack or piece of malware, we’ll be looking at the hacker’s profile. In this case, we’ll be looking at some of the exploits of one of the most famous hackers: Kevin Mitnick. Mitnick started hacking as a teenager. At just 13 years old, he…

Historic Hacks – The Morris Worm

by Chris Pinnock

Welcome to Historic Hacks, where we’ll be shining a light on some of the more notable hacks in history. Today we’ll be traveling back to the 2nd November 1988, and looking at the Morris worm. The Morris Worm story The Morris Worm was created by Robert Tappan Morris, whose claimed intent was to try to…

GDPR, Consent And You

by Chris Pinnock

You have likely have noticed (unless you have been on another planet over the past year) is that the General Data Protection Regulation came into force in May this year. This is a European Union regulation that affects anyone who handles any information about anyone within the European Union. This makes it a fairly wide-ranging…

5 Things To Look For When Choosing A VPS Hosting Company

by Kelly Kirkham

When searching for a new VPS hosting company, it’s easy to be wooed by free or low-cost systems. This is especially true for anyone who may be new to hosting. However, many find that when choosing so-called “cheap” hosting companies, you truly get what you pay for. It can be difficult for a beginner to…

What Is cPanel? An Overview

by Chris Pinnock

At VPS.NET, we offer a wide range of options for operating systems to set up your VPS. Some packages include cPanel for an additional license cost. So, to help you make well-informed web hosting decisions and avoid unnecessary confusion, we’ll be covering what cPanel is and what it can do for you. What can cPanel…

Server Monitoring And Alerting – Why Do You Need Them?

by Chris Pinnock

What is your server doing right now? What is its load like? How much RAM is free? Is it running low on disk space? All of these are valid questions to be asking at any time when running a server, especially during busy periods when resources may be tight. Regularly checking your servers to ensure…

The Importance Of IP Addresses

by Chris Pinnock

Anyone who has been using the internet for any length of time will have come across IP addresses. These special groups of numbers are used to identify a computer connected to a network. These addresses are unique to specific computers or smaller networks on the internet and are used to send data from one place…

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