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PHOENIX – Namecheap, the world’s second largest retail domain registrar with over 10 million domains under management, and one of the fastest-growing American companies according to the 2018 Inc. 5000, today announced a partnership with Adobe Portfolio, a platform that enables users to quickly and simply build a website to showcase creative work.

Adobe Portfolio customers can now search, purchase and connect custom domain names from Namecheap in a few clicks without ever leaving the Adobe platform. Additionally, Adobe Portfolio customers will have access to exclusive promotional prices on select top-level domains (TLDs) from Namecheap.


“Namecheap and Adobe Portfolio share a mission to help designers, entrepreneurs, small businesses and startups launch their ideas to the world through their own website,” said Hillan Klein, Namecheap COO. “Namecheap’s custom integration into their platform will make purchasing and connecting a domain name easier than ever before for Adobe Portfolio customers.”

For nearly two decades Namecheap has been steadfast in creating new products and joining partnerships that improve online accessibility and affordability, allowing more people to bring their ideas and dreams to life on the Internet. Namecheap is also committed to providing unparalleled service for its millions of customers.

“Adobe Portfolio’s mission is to help creatives quickly and easily build custom, beautiful websites to showcase their work, and we’re always innovating with the creative in mind. This newest integration with Namecheap is yet another feature that makes Portfolio best-of-breed and allows for creatives to stay true to their unique brand through increased customization capabilities,” said Will Allen, Senior Director, Behance, 99U and Portfolio at Adobe.

Adobe Portfolio enables creatives of all levels to quickly and simply build a custom website to showcase their original projects and establish an online presence for both personal and professional use. The platform is available, free of charge, to all Creative Cloud subscribers, regardless of subscription level. For subscribers, it’s as simple as picking a theme, uploading content and publishing their website using the domain of their choice. With a strong international presence, Adobe Portfolio serves creatives across the globe through localization tools. Adobe Portfolio is available in 19 languages, including English, Portuguese, Chinese, French, German, Italian and Korean.

Customers can purchase a new domain within Adobe Portfolio, which includes a free lifetime subscription of WhoisGuard, Namecheap’s Whois privacy protection software. Additionally all domain purchases within Adobe Portfolio include Namecheap’s amazing signature customer service.

About Namecheap
Namecheap is an ICANN-accredited domain registrar and technology company founded in 2000 by CEO Richard Kirkendall. Celebrating nearly two decades of providing unparalleled levels of service, security, and support, Namecheap has been steadfast in customer satisfaction. With over 10 million domains under management, Namecheap is among the top domain registrar and web hosting providers in the world. To learn more about Namecheap, visit namecheap.com.

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Jigsaw, unit of Google’s parent company Alphabet, has launched a new Android app called Intra to protect users against DNS (domain name system) manipulation. DNS is the phonebook of internet, that helps computers know about the servers connected to domains. Generally, the connection between a computer and DNS is unencrypted. This can allow attackers to interrupt the traffic and manipulate it. If the attackers manipulate the DNS, they can block websites, prevent users from access messaging apps and social channels, or even redirect them to malicious websites. Several governments use DNS manipulation to restrict citizens from accessing certain information. They sometimes shut down the internet in specific areas, restrict media houses to publish certain content, and overwhelm servers with fake traffic. According to a recent study, Venezuela government used DNS manipulation for blocking news websites, social media applications and media organizations. Such tactics are on the rise around…
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Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is finally performing a root zone DNSSEC KSK roll-over to strengthen the security of domain name system (DNS). DNSSEC (Domain Name System Security Extensions) is a set of security protocols used to ensure DNS information isn’t accidentally or maliciously corrupted. It protects against cyberattacks by proving authenticity and integrity of a response from the nameserver. The DNSSEC KSK roll-over means that a new cryptographic public and private key pair will be generated for the DNS root and distributed to intended parties. These parties include internet service providers, enterprise network administrators, DNS resolve operators, DNS resolver software developers, etc. “This is an important move and we have an obligation to ensure that it happens in furtherance of ICANN’s mission, which is to ensure a secure, stable and resilient DNS” said ICANN Board Chair Cherine Chalaby. “There is no way of…
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Cloudflare is expanding the adoption of DNSSEC by allowing users to enable it with the click of a button in the Cloudflare dashboard. The DNSSEC (Domain Name System Security Extensions) is a security technology used to protect against cyberattacks by proving authenticity and integrity of a response from the nameserver. It makes the things difficult for bad actors to inject malicious DNS records into the resolution path through cache poisoning and BGP route leaks. For example, the DNSSEC can prevent malicious actors from obtaining fraudulent certificates for a domain. However, the adoption of DNSSEC has remained a pain point because of complications and costs. Only 14% of DNS requests had DNSSEC validated by a recursive resolver, according to APNIC. Cloudflare blames the default DNS providers for the low DNSSEC validation. The website owners aren’t aware that the DNS (system to translate web addresses into IP addresses) is vulnerable to cyberattacks. It can be attacked and compromised…
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Rzeszow, Poland – HostBill, a popular billing and automation software for web hosting industry has recently launched a set of tools integrated with Plesk: Plesk Key Administrator module to resell Plesk licenses and two new extensions to their Plesk module: Plesk DNS Helper and Plesk Service Plan Sync tool.

Plesk Key Administrator
Plesk Key Administrator module for HostBill allows to resell Plesk Software licenses (such as Plesk, Virtuozzo and more) and add-ons. With HostBill the licenses are created, provisioned and terminated automatically, making the reselling process completely hassle-free. The users can also set automatic renewal that could significantly improve the license management process. The end-clients can display the license details, change license IP, check license keys, activation and content in HostBill’s user-friendly client area. The admin panel on the other hand gives full control over the billing information and account lifecycle. The admin can also choose which client area functions end-customers will have access to.


Plesk DNS Helper
Plesk DNS Helper is and extension to the Plesk module and was created to help connect Plesk installations with one of the HostBill-supported DNS services: Power DNS, Power DNS Slave Zones, OnApp DNS, cPanel DNS or any other DNS that HostBill supports.

As Plesk handles DNS really well, but it’s more suited for single-install deployments, HostBill created the extension for users who want to deploy multiple Plesk instances and manage single DNS server (master) rather than multiple ones. The extension also helps to hook up PowerDNS to store slave zones, while the Plesk would keep master zone records.

With the Plesk DNS Helper extension installed in HostBill, any time new DNS zone is created / updated / deleted in Plesk, the extension notifies HostBill about it and HostBill then “decides” what to do next. It can push this zone to real master nameserver, notify secondary nameserver to create/update slave zone and after exporting such zone, HostBill can assign it to the related customer

As a result slave DNS (any supported by HostBill) will be notified automatically about new zones in Plesk or Plesk DNS will not be used to handle DNS queries, but as a source of data for actual DNS server that handles requests.

With this approach you can benefit from flexible & automated DNS templates built into Plesk on any central DNS server you wish to use with it.

Plesk Service Plan Sync tool
Plesk Service Plan Sync tool was developed to help manage service plans and addons changes across unlimited Plesk installations with ease. This extension is a real problem-solver especially for hosting companies that use more than one Plesk installation. This automated tool will help to keep multiple service plans and addons in sync between different installations.

The tool allows to create multiple configurations (for separate Windows/Linux Plesk installations or different installations for different purposes) that consist of Plesk servers. In each configuration you can select source server, that will serve as a source of actual plans & addons configuration. Other Plesk servers within configuration will have plans updated, and missing plans created according to the source plan with a single click of a button.

The Plesk Service Plan Sync tool will track what plans/addons/plan settings are missing or different compared to the source server and show those differences. You can then run a synchronization process and as a result all plans and addons missing will be added to target server and plansand addons with matching names but conflicting configurations will have their configurations updated to match those in source Plesk. Moreover, if you’re syncing Plesk with minor configuration/version/extensions differences you can setup overrides that will be prevented from overwritting when creating/updating plans and addons on this server, as well as when comparing it with target server.

Plesk Service Plan Sync Tool can be of use to you if you want to update your plans in bulk, add new plan to all your installations or add new Plesk installation.

About HostBill
HostBill is a powerful and flexible, all-in-one automation, billing, client management and support platform for online businesses. HostBill handles all aspects of running a successful online business, from client acquisition, through invoicing and payment collection, automated service provisioning and management, to customer service and support. Extensive range of advanced features, multitude of modules and apps and integration with various various control panels, domain registrars, payment gateways, order pages, client panels and more, make it the most comprehensive solution on the market for Hosting, Cloud/IaaS/VPS Solutions Providers, Domain name and SSL Resellers around the globe to automate and manage their online businesses.

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On the Patch Tuesday this month, Microsoft released the patch updates for several vulnerabilities affecting Windows, MS Office, Exchange Server, etc. Overall there were 50 bugs, of which 11 were considered critical. Windows 10 users who updated to April 2018 version will see the build 17134.112 (KB4284835) in Windows update. This update will mitigate the Spectre Variant 4 vulnerability called Speculative Store Bypass (CVE-2018-3639), exposed last month by Microsoft and Google. The Variant 4 uses speculative execution to expose the data to an attacker with local user access through a side channel. Simply, it allows the attackers to access a computer through a logic problem in the central processing unit. Microsoft stated that a remote code execution vulnerability (CVE-2018-8225) existed in Windows DNS (domain name system). The attackers who exploit this vulnerability could run arbitrary code in local system account. The patch released yesterday addresses this vulnerability by modifying…
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