Free webserver encryption? It is almost here, mid-2015.

Did you know what google gives a very slight ranking boost to websites that use SSL (https://…) encryption?

There are other more significant reasons for your website to offer secure connections to your website visitors, especially if your website conducts ecommerce or credit card transactions.

Nowadays, people everywhere have to purchase a SSL certificate if they want to offer secure/private connections to their website visitors. However, that might just be a thing of the past with https://letsencrypt.org/2014/11/18/announcing-lets-encrypt.html

As their website explains:

“ The challenge is server certificates. The anchor for any TLS-protected communication is a public-key certificate which demonstrates that the server you’re actually talking to is the server you intended to talk to. For many server operators, getting even a basic server certificate is just too much of a hassle. The application process can be confusing. It usually costs money. It’s tricky to install correctly. It’s a pain to update.

Let’s Encrypt is a new free certificate authority, built on a foundation of cooperation and openness, that lets everyone be up and running with basic server certificates for their domains through a simple one-click process.

Mozilla Corporation, Cisco Systems, Inc., Akamai Technologies, Electronic Frontier Foundation, IdenTrust, Inc., and researchers at the University of Michigan are working through the Internet Security Research Group (“ISRG”), a California public benefit corporation, to deliver this much-needed infrastructure in Q2 2015. The ISRG welcomes other organizations dedicated to the same ideal of ubiquitous, open Internet security.

The key principles behind Let’s Encrypt are:

  • Free:
    Anyone who owns a domain can get a certificate validated for that domain at zero cost.
  • Automatic:

    The entire enrollment process for certificates occurs painlessly during the server’s native installation or configuration process, while renewal occurs automatically in the background.

  • Secure:

    Let’s Encrypt will serve as a platform for implementing modern security techniques and best practices.

  • Transparent:

    All records of certificate issuance and revocation will be available to anyone who wishes to inspect them.

  • Open:

    The automated issuance and renewal protocol will be an open standard and as much of the software as possible will be open source.

  • Cooperative:

    Much like the underlying Internet protocols themselves, Let’s Encrypt is a joint effort to benefit the entire community, beyond the control of any one organization. “

We hope the above initiative will be successful, but until then we still offer the lowest-cost and also highest quality SSL certificates available:

http://4goodhosting.com/sslcertificates.html

So if you want to offer secure encrypted connections to you website, you can get started with a SSL today, and in about a year’s time the above free encryption standard should be available starting in mid-2015. For more information on the project please see: https://letsencrypt.org

About the Value of Privacy

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Dear Customer and/or blog visitor,

Please do see this important video presentation. It is certainly worth the time it takes us to wake up to what has really being going on: http://vimeo.com/106681730

For your information, when people send you email to your 4GoodHosting hosted website account (for example: me@my-very-own-site.ca ), or when you send email to another person at another 4GoodHosting hosted website, your email conversation is ‘really’ or ‘actually’ “private” – just like real snail-mail used to be.

We actually do honor your right to control your private information and to guard it from information wholesaling. We don’t look, share, or sell any of your private information. We believe in doing this, and we base our business model on respecting your wishes.

But when you email somebody at a @gmail.com account, then your email is definitely wide open to at least google (and who-knows-who-else ultimately gets a copy of it from them throughout the future). Basically if you have a conversation with somebody using google mail (gmail, or yahoo mail, etc.) then your conversation is being recorded for prying eyes and will be potentially/possibly used to profile you to interested parties throughout the future.

That’s just one point of this eye-opening presentation. We are recommending this video been seen by you, because we believe in the old-fashioned concepts of personal privacy. If you feel the same way, please share the link of this article with your friends.

https://4goodhosting.com/blog/value-privacy/

Close variant keyword matching – the cost just went up for pay-per-click advertising

One effective, yet costly, way to help drive traffic to a website is through the use of PPC (pay per click; google-adwords) advertisements. Yet google has found a way and, by the end of the this month, are enforcing us all to use the new adwords policy termed “Close variant keyword matching”. But what does this really mean?

This article is not authored by google, therefore we will skim over the positive spin that they would automatically inject into their new campaigns, but rather focus on some potential drawbacks.

If you read google’s articles about it, it sounds like a good thing; and google plays it up that advertisers already using the new close variant method claim to see an increase in traffic. That may be true: but what is the cost of all the extra ad-impressions being served out?; and perhaps also errant click-thrus by people searching for something ‘slightly different ‘.

So say that you have been used to paying google to advertise your site for keywords ” women’s floral skirts “. So, under the new policy, on he default close-variant matching option “Broad match”, web searchers typing in “women’s floral shirts ” or even “colorful female shirts ” might be presented with your ad. Google might *think* there is a possibility that perhaps a typographical error happened when a person typed in ‘shirts’ and your ad for ‘skirts’ might pop up. This is just one tiny example, as the total domain of possibilities is immense. Perhaps you can quickly think of your own example(s) too.

Why would your website need Windows server for hosting?

Why would your website need Windows server for hosting?

Today, websites mostly run either on a Linux or a Windows based web server. However, a large chunk of sites run using Linux hardware. If your site is a HTML-based static web site, the operating system of your hosting server won’t make any difference but, it makes difference when your site uses dynamic scripting languages like ASP or PHP/Perl (Linux technologies). Yet there has been success when websites run on PHP and Perl on Windows OS for years together. But, the licensing and technology for running ASP and Microsoft databases is being ironed out. A Windows server runs an MS Windows IIS (Internet Information Server) and is important for websites based on ASP/.NET scripting languages whereas, a Linux server is used for running the remaining websites, which is more in usage because of its availability at no cost.

How the hosting computer is compatible with your home computer?

Some people are worried about the compatibility of their system with the web hosting system. They are unnecessarily worried whether their system is compatible with the web hosting system. In reality, you won’t run any program from your system on host’s web server. And, the host won’t run anything on your system. So, it doesn’t matter what type of system you use. The only thing that makes a big difference visible is a Windows server runs a Plesk control panel. On the other hand, Linux uses cPanel to manage the hosting accounts of the users.

Benefits of Shared and VPS Web Hosting

4GH Shared vs VPS
Benefits of Shared Web Hosting

Affordable cost – The benefits shared hosting come in terms of cost as you share a common server with other clients of the web hosting company. With this, we can save money so that we can offer you the services at a lower cost. With less than $10 per month, you can get two different plans of shared hosting. If you consider the features that you are able to get today, our web hosting packages will be more effective and gives excellent value.

Simplicity – We maintain the servers and their associated hardware in our peer data center, provide you with the connectivity and along with it, we will maintain all the server administrative tasks that are complex for you. For those people who don’t know or who don’t have the necessary manpower to run severer or who just need to focus on the critical aspects of their business, shared hosting is a perfect solution.

It’s a Year Since Snowden Leaks – Still Efforts On to Restore Trust on Online

It has been roughly a year back the truth that US national security agency NSA has been accumulating huge amounts of personal data on American and other international citizens secretly.

This year, a year after Edward Snowden leaked the documents on how and to what extent government has collected huge amounts of personal data, he has become an icon of the movement that demands more transparency from government agencies when they are using Internet technologies for the purpose of surveillance.

However, transparency is just a one-way street in that regard to this heavily corrupted and non-constitutional government. They want to know everything you are doing but they want you not to know how they are spying on you, and are secretive in dozens if not hundreds of other ways.

Dauntless and strident calls for reforms in government government surveillance are coming from the companies that hold large amount of customer and client data on the Web. The compulsions come in the form of threats of prosecution through court orders issued by the Foreign International Surveillance Court. The orders seek the information without intimation of such a move to the customer. This sounds like the Nazi era during World War II. The companies who are responsible for personal data are working over strengthening their security backbone through encryption of customer’s data at least at some key junctions. The move came after NSA managed to intercept customer data flowing between various private data centers of Google.

Because Net Neutrality is currently a very important topic…

Net Neutrality is an Important Topic Today

 

‘Net Neutrality’ is a widely discussed topic today. Therefore, we feel it’s right explain to our customers for more clarity.

 

We found http://www.theopeninter.net/ to be useful. It helps you grasp complex issues easily.

 

Network neutrality implies websites and services should be able to generate equal satisfaction among users across devices: cable, cellular, or via phone connection.

 

Companies such as AT&T, Verizon and Comcast intend to consider each site and service differently so that they can sell their services at different prices to different users.

 

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is proposing a law to frame limits for Internet Service Providers (ISPs). This is likely to result in keeping the Internet accessible to all – without discriminating any websites or services.

 

If the Internet is offered via cable connections and bills, it might become hard to restore as it’s today. We should build completely an independent Internet service. Make sure to inform your friends and family.

 

 

Those who are vigilant and informed strive to Hold Net Neutrality in place during Government Negotiations

100+ major tech companies have voiced some opposition in defense from a new proposal from Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler that would make concessions to a “pay to play” model of network management; which would allow ISPs to charge companies for preferential treatment.

These new rules, which are supposed to be voted on May 15, are anticipated to make a major stand against “net neutrality,” which is the idea of a level playing field for all: ISPs should treat all data that travels over their networks equally.

The good principled proposal by Wheeler, a former government lobbyist has been opposed in writing by the likes of Google, Reddit, Facebook, Amazon, and others. The proposal reads that the FCC should *not* permit “individualized bargaining and discrimination.”

The Open Internet Order, a prior attempt by the FCC to set forth regulations in favor of net neutrality, was shot down in January by a federal court that stated that it exceeded the FCC’s authority.

Companies to Let You Know When Government Requests for Your Data

Date posted: May 6th , 2014

An increased number of big tech companies are denying compliance with government with regard to personal data by updating their terms and conditions and other policies.

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News that raises concern

Washington Post has published that many businesses such as Apple, Google, Facebook and Microsoft will be notifying their users when their personal data will be asked by the government. They are changing their company policies to suit this. They would comply with such requests only if a judge or other agencies to do so secretly.

 

Many of the protectors of law are concerned that these moves of the company will intimate the criminals before hand and they will try to destroy the evidence of the crimes committed. The government can loose important information on the case. But they need to know that it is criminal and not just on the part of the government to spy on their citizens seeking their personal information.