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Among the many service plans in the website hosting field, there’s a bit of confusion between two similar-sounding names: Shared Hosting and Reseller Hosting. So let’s clear this up. Shared Hosting This means that the original web hosting company sells several accounts on one server. A server is a dedicated PC used to host websites and interface with the World Wide Web. The opposite is dedicated hosting – one computer, one website. On a shared hosting plan, one computer can serve for many websites. Since disk space is cheap and websites on a typical shared host plan are only going to run a WordPress blog anyway, this makes practical sense. A shared host plan is similar to renting an apartment in a larger building with other tenants, all of you paying a share of the rent. Reseller Hosting By contrast, a reseller account lets you play the landlord. You still pay for server space, but like an AirBnB, you can turn around and sell portions of your server space to other…
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Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) has become a must-have asset for businesses of all sizes. It is being used in IT environments to build and host internal and customer applications. However, in the rush of adopting IaaS, the businesses are not paying enough attention to security. According to a new report by McAfee, 99% of the misconfigurations in IaaS remain unnoticed. This shows that the businesses aren’t aware of the new Cloud-Native Breaches (CNB). They are expecting only the cloud provider to handle the security. However, IaaS is a cloud shared-responsibility model. Not having security practices in place can put the cloud and sensitive data at risk. IaaS security: Key findings of McAfee IaaS Adoption and Risk Report McAfee’s IaaS Adoption and Risk Report covers the IaaS security incidents in the cloud. Here are highlights of the report: Rise of Cloud-Native Breaches IaaS environments experience several security incidents, but these incidents are different from the typical…
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So . . . You have a website, now you need to decide on the type of web hosting you need to pay for each month. It’s complicated: Not least by all the less than truthful reviews you read when you try to check out your options. Read on. Web Hosting 101 Your website needs to be on a computer that is accessible to everyone. You could host your site on your office PC, but don’t go there because there are all sorts of technical and security issues if you do that. Image source Web hosting companies specialize in holding website code on their computers. They have the technical expertise to protect your website against hackers and to advise site owners. The best hosting companies also invest in replacing hard disks before they fail, ultra-fast data connections to the internet, and in training their support engineers. All this costs money, so don’t expect good web hosting to be free. Hosting Technical Terms Web hosting sites attempt to bamboozle readers with statistics and technical terms. They…
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At the DEF CON 27 security conference in Las Vegas, Eclypsium security research team uncovered serious security flaws in more than 40 device drivers from 20 different vendors. These flaws could allow attackers to deploy malware on the vulnerable devices. “Drivers that provide access to system BIOS or system components for the purposes of updating firmware, running diagnostics, or customizing options on the component can allow attackers to turn the very tools used to manage a system into powerful threats that can escalate privileges and persist invisibly on the host,” Eclypsium wrote in its report. These drivers can provide an attacker the most privileged access that can be used to launch malicious actions within all versions of Windows including Windows Kernel. All the affected drivers are certified by Microsoft. In a statement to ZDNet, Mickey Shkatov, Principal Researcher at Eclypsium noted that the design flaw in Windows device drivers have a functionality that can be misused to…
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Microsoft has announced the preview of a brand-new Azure service called Azure Dedicated Host, that will allow Windows and Linux virtual machines (VMs) to run on single-tenant physical servers. The new service will provide users the full control and visibility over everything that goes on the server without sharing its resources. “With an Azure Dedicated Host, you can control all host-level platform maintenance initiated by Azure (e.g., host OS updates). An Azure Dedicated Host gives you the option to defer host maintenance operations and apply them within a defined maintenance window, 35 days,” explained Ziv Rafalovich, Principal Program Manager, Azure Compute, Microsoft, in a blog post. “During this self-maintenance window, you can apply maintenance to your hosts at your convenience, thus gaining full control over the sequence and velocity of the maintenance process.” Azure Dedicated Host enables enterprises to place Azure VMs on a specific and dedicated physical server. This will…
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Microsoft has announced a new managed PaaS service that will provide enterprises secure and seamless RDP and SSH access to virtual machines directly through the Azure Portal. Called Azure Bastion, the new service has been designed as an additional safeguard for the organizations that don’t want to connect to Azure VMs through public internet connections, as it can sometimes lead to the security and connectivity issues. “Azure Bastion is a new managed PaaS service that provides seamless RDP and SSH connectivity to your virtual machines over the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). This is completed without any exposure of the public IPs on your virtual machines,” Yousef Khalidi, Microsoft wrote in a blog post. “Azure Bastion provisions directly in your Azure Virtual Network, providing bastion host or jump server as-a-service and integrated connectivity to all virtual machines in your virtual networking using RDP/SSH directly from and through your browser and the Azure portal experience. This…
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