January 28, 2015 – Data Privacy Day!

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On January 28, Canada, along with many countries around the world, will celebrate Data Privacy Day.

It is being recognized by privacy professionals, corporations, government officials, academics and students around the world,

Data Privacy Day highlights the impact that technology is having on our privacy rights and underlines the importance of valuing and protecting personal information.

Please also see the more in-depth article below.

Canadian Privacy Law 101: A quick overview for those who missed the June 2014 Supreme Court Decision

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Forward: Pretty much all of us have heard or know that privacy rights no longer exist in the United States. Gone, finished, beyond recourse (except through using end-to-end encryption techniques ; however the NSA can probably still secretly grab your screenshot or logged keystrokes or live microphone through a backdoor partnership with Microsoft and Apple). Any per-existing privacy laws have been overwritten by new creepier laws that have paved the way for absolute intrusion into the American people’s personal world by their out-of-control government. Even if there are a few scraps of privacy protection in the states, it has become clear that any such laws are completely ignored by large and sophisticated spy organizations such as a the NSA. Edward Snowden’s whistle-blowing reports are a case in point.

But did you know our home country of Canada has some of the most protective laws regarding internet privacy in the world, at least on paper?

Our nation even has appointed a “Privacy Commissioner”: The Commissioner is currently Daniel Therrien. He was appointed on June 5, 2014. [ There have been eight Privacy Commissioners since the office was established in 1977. ] You even have the right to contact him or his office with your own related personal privacy concerns, anytime.

More info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Privacy_Commissioner_of_Canada

Here is his youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/PrivacyComm

The first incarnation of a privacy law came in 1977 when the Canadian government introduced data protection provisions into the Canadian Human Rights Act.

Just what are the advantages of Canadian SSD-VPS web hosing solutions?

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Solid State Devices further compress into the acronym SSDs. This applies for ssd-based shared and vps hosting.

The best advantage of a SSD comes by its random access reading/writing latency, which is 0.01 milliseconds or less; virtually zero delay. Much larger delays are caused by a conventional hard drive’s mechanical read/write head “seek” time, which can take many milliseconds per operation. So when in use with intensive database applications, a SDD offers a new dimension in speed. However, all other kinds of storage memory access are sped up too: access time of webpages, e-commerce applications, and especially databases… are all sped up significantly.

To speed up your web enterprise, it is already time to upgrade to a SSD sharedrather than the traditional shared hosting or hard-disk based shared Hosting. SSDs are also much less likely to ever breakdown or otherwise malfunction. Typical SSD memory is expected to last 4 million hours before a hardware failure – enabling both a speed & reliability perfection in web hosting.

The Top 10 SSD-Web-hosting and SSD-VPS hosting benefits:

1) Super ultra-fast random access read/writes

Comparing a SSD to a HDD (hard drive), is like comparing the difference in speed between a laser printer compared to a dotmatrix printer.

The major benefit is that SSDs are lightning-fast compared to a hard drives since there is no physical read/write head movement required. Again, there is virtually no (zero) latency in SSD data reads or writes. Until something now unknown, such as holographic memory or something such as that, is invented, SSDs are the fastest mass storage devices in this part of the universe and will be for many more years.

2) Super fast transfer speeds

Moving parts in HDD slow down drive performance while SSD has no moving parts within it, which makes data transfer extremely faster. With more disk space, a high traffic site can host multiple images, videos and handle incoming traffic.

3) No disk fragmentation issues – ever!

As there are no moving or mechanical parts on a SSD, slowing because of fragmentation which is always happening on traditional hard disk drives is not an issue with Solid State Drives. Therefore, SSD’s offer “consistently fast performance”.

Canadian VPS Hosting: What’s It All About?

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If you’ve been on the hunt for a web hosting company, you’ve probably heard the term “virtual private server.” A VPS is similar to a dedicated server in look and feel as a web host customer, but essentially they are a different service.

Canadian web hosts offer fast broadband speeds, good technical support, and friendly service. Canada’s infrastructure and Internet backbone are among the world’s top 10 services. You won’t find better service in North America, but what type of service should you get?

Why Move On from Shared Hosting?

If you currently use shared hosting, these plans are great for simple blogs or websites that don’t get much traffic, but there are some disadvantages with shared hosting. First, you share the same servers with hundreds (sometimes thousands) of other customers and their sites. Shared hosting is inherently slower, because you have hundreds of other sites using the server’s resources. If one site gets hacked, your site could be vulnerable if the site left a security hole on the server as a whole. Basically, you are at the mercy of several other site owners, and you have no options.

Next, you can’t customize your server’s settings. Maybe you have a custom API, maybe you have specific site settings, or maybe you just want to set up multiple sites on one account. All of these aren’t possible with shared hosting. VPS gives you these options.

The Average Web Page Size, or Memory Footprint, has Grown About 14% in 2014

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Subject: Responsive Webpage Design

According to statistics gathered by the HTTP Archive the results shown in the below graph show the average web page grew in size 14.6%; about 2 megabytes in the past year. In previous years, 2013, and 2012, the rate at which the ‘average’ webpage grew annually, were at rates of 30%, and 32% respectively.

What were the factors associated with the increases in average size? CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), a typical portion of web page source code, grew 23% in size compared to 2013’s average webpage. Also the amount of and size of images used on the average webpage also expanded by 20%. Javascript was more prevalent too with a 7% increase, but the use of Adobe Flash in web pages decreased around 4%.

Although at home internet surfers are experiencing a richer page viewing experience, this is also a drawback for those surfing on portable devices that rely on slow cell phone network data connections. A solution would be to design mobile-friendly-pages perhaps utilizing a mobile sitebuilder ; and using a javascript function to decide if a regular sized webpage or a more compact mobile version should be sent/downloaded to your website visitor.

The Pentagon has quietly built a multibillion-dollar cyberwarfare capability

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… the Pentagon has quietly built a multibillion-dollar cyberwarfare capability and trained its commanders to integrate these weapons into their battlefield plans.

U.S. Cyber Command was officially stood up in 2010, based at Fort Meade in the Maryland suburbs of the nation’s capital, consolidating intelligence and cyberwarfare capabilities of the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines under one house. Soon, billions of dollars were being invested in the concept that cyberattackers targeting America should be prepared to sustain their own damage.

Little has been discussed in public about U.S. Cyber Command’s specific capabilities since, though budget documents detail a growing commitment to this form of warfare. The Pentagon’s cyberwarfare budget has grown from $3.9 billion in 2013 to $4.7 billion in 2014 and an estimated $5.1 billion in 2015.

More at: original Washington Times December 22nd Article Link

For an additional layer of internet security from many forms of spying and hacking, see information about our SSL certificates .

Canada Places Sixteenth in the Latest Web Index

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With the release of the Web Index Rankings, that measure economic, social and political benefits from countries across the world on December 11, there are some interesting results. The United Kingdom, as well as the Scandinavian countries continue to lead the index, and Canada ranks sixteenth.

The World Wide Web Foundation began to produce this index in 2012. The Foundation utilizes a wide variety of data that measure the web’s contribution to the world in the areas of social, political and economic progress.

The report furthers that the web has allowed a level-playing field with unprecedented access to information as allowed by Sir Time Berners-Lee and CERN when they choose not to patent the creation of the web. The report states, “Today, armed with little more than a smart phone, anyone– regardless of where they were born and or how much they earn– can start a business, record a music video, crowd fund an invention, take courses with Nobel Prize- winning professors, or even launch a successful campaign for office.”

In this new index, some chilling statistics have come back to the Foundation. Up thirty two percent from last years numbers, political censorship has increased to forty percent. This included the blocking of political or socially sensitive content. In the news lately has been the issue of net neutrality both here in Canada and the United States, and there is a lack of net neutrality in seventy four percent of countries. It should be noted that according to the Sunlight Foundation, only one percent of the US public is opposed to net neutrality, and this is after a plea from late night show host John Oliver on Last Week Tonight. Even with an estimated 1.8 billion internet users still with little to no right for privacy nor freedom of expression, the governmental control of the web continues to this day.

Virtual Private Internets(VPIs) or perhaps better named Virtual Private Planets(VPPs)

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What are we talking about in this creative original blog post? How about a freshly deployed “blank content” completely-isolated-new-private-virtual-internet-environment; just like a starter internet on a different planet.

In other words, imagine being on an internet where you and your friends are the only inhabitants of Mars but you are all connected through a common (and private) internet on the surface of that distant planet.

We think you should be able to deploy and command your own completely isolated Virtual Private Internet (VPI) or perhaps better marketing name Virtual Private Planet (VPP); just add users! )

In this new age of omnipresent internet surveillance/spying/intrusions/ddos attacks, etc and creeping and shadowy “Orwellian” state takeovers, we here at 4GoodHosting thought thinking-up a new service offering, as private and secure as possible, could be a big value-add overall for our customers.

So does the idea of a Virtual Private Server(VPS) still sound impressive?

Well, try this instead…

Virtual Private Internet(VPI) – or Virtual Private Planet (VPP – as private and secure as you and your friends and family living on another extremely distant planet and interacting over your own private internet). “Imagine” a virtual instance of an entirely other pre-configured “encapsulated internet” with almost no content stored in it, maybe just a couple of images and some started ‘hello world!’ webpages and templates and web builder programs.

What if all “content” and logfiles were deleted from this internet, with just open-source webservers and virtualization software (vps – virtual private servers, instead of physical ones) and applications, programming languages, and scripts left on it? And then compiled and condensed into a VPI/VPP container with extra starter terabytes of storage (deeply encrypted by the VPP container) available only to itself and using its own entirely unique ip address protocol?

As the whole container is encrypted other than its login sevice, so ,you would need to authenticate into, to get onto, that virtual private internet.

Inside it, or on it, you could only request webpages and emails and voice communications from the other users within that self-contained virtual internet.

Your ‘allowed-in’ VPI/VPP users can even pick their fantasy geographical location in your virtual fantasy world. Your users could even all pretend they were colonizing another planet. A surface map of Mars or Venus could be used instead of Earth in the VPI/VPP; as if there was a functioning internet existing on Mars or Venus. Your ip geolocation could point to a certain crater on the surface of mars, lol – now that’s real privacy!

And another user allowed in to the VPI/VPP could pick some other location on the red planet.

What we are suggesting is the next step in the thought process…

If you can deploy a virtual server on the internet, which is possible now, then you can also deploy a entirely self-contained virtual model of a virtual private internet… Just add

more users and more raw storage to your VPI/VPP with time. The VPI/VPP container itself virtualizes, in software, all the necessary data links of the Earth’s mother internet (high speed bitreams carried by wires/radio/light).

And all services would be free to users on the VPP. Free domain registrations (and they are all still available at first!, lol), free webhosting, free bandwidth, etc.

The whole idea is to set up a completely isolated virtual network all running within the equivalent of a secure impenetrable steel vault.

Anything done or said on that internet stays there. Like when people go to Las Vegas…

Many often like like to say “What happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas…”

People log into the VPI/VPP from an encrypted tunnel connection somewhere on the main mother physical internet.

So we are proposing the idea of deploying new ‘blank virtual internets’ with an extra terabyte of starter raw data storage – with a FREE virtual hosting company in it.

Once in.. just maybe a dozen example websites exist, a free web hosting company like 4GoodHosting.mars with instant automated web server and even simpler hosting account deployments; so users can get started growing the VPI/VPP right away.

Clone websites from the main internet can be imported easily of course through the user’s secure tunnel connection – so setting up an array of new websites within the VPI/VPP can be made easy.

Somebody could purchase a VPI/VPP from us and give out free access to only and all women, for example; therefore you could start a new private internet with 99.9% just females on it – perhaps appropriately named the Venus VPI/VPP. So when one logs into the equivalent of Skype on that VPI/VPP, they can only find or talk or video chat with females that exist there; like lady’s restrooms are partitioned.

Popular open source applications can be included on the VPI deployment. And organized by the free automatic web hosting company on it; all the popular software to enable a whole internet of things could come pre-included with the the VPI/VPP.

Basically you would have a view of a computer desktop once in the VPI/VPP, running Linux perhaps with its own virtual local storage. To create yet another layer of complete isolation, it could use some random and unique ip-protcol as an option, making your VPI completely unhackable from anycreep or anything outside it.

A VPI/VPP customer would be mainly billed by us just how much raw storage the VPI/VPP grows into plus how many parallel processors of computational power their VPI/VPP is using on a daily average.

Since everything on the internet is just application code/services or otherwise digitized content, all the content can be all erased just leaving behind the applications and functionality; it is just a matter of having enough required private storage.

A virtual private internet for just 6 year olds, just 7 year olds, just 8 year olds – it’s all possible; for clubs or companies, counties, societies…

The wires and cables between servers and users just become virtual software wires, all ethernet cable is virtualized in the VPI/VPP container that operates the whole thing, forming a completely virtualuslized and extensible/scalable transport (wires/radio/light links) OSI layer.

Artificial ping delays can be included if desired. Otherwise all VPS servers communicate instantaneously within the VPI/VPP with just always one packet “hop” to each server in the environment as all the various physical data links are virtualized in software.

This is what the VPI outer container does. It is the virtualization of all physical hardware (plus all commonplace non-commercial internet applications) necessary for a new blank internet instance.

Too much processing power would be required? A standalone i7 processor could probably support 100 or 1000 single VPI/VPP instance users, while running all their webservers if they each have their own websites on that virtual private internet.

So do you understand what is being talked about here? If you are connected in through secure tunnel and RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) into a particular VPI/VPP , then you can only browse websites that exist within that VPI/VPP and only email and chat with or video conference with users on that virtual internet.

Right now there are about 4 billion or so users on the main physical internet. The real physical transport layer all over the Earth makes this original internet possible.

But all the physical connections between servers could virtualized in software to where these is only a 1 packet ipv6 “hop” from virtual webserver to virtual webserver within the VPI/VPP completely isolated little virtual internet cloud; completely isolated from the main internet.

When you log in as a user of a VPI/VPP it would be much like booting up another computer – just like how you power on and stare at the screen of your computer to be on this main/mother internet. Once you are into your computer in the VPI/VPP, you cannot browse regular physical earthly websites unless they are physically cloned into the VPI/VPP already – you can only browse virtual webservers that other real users of the VPI/VPP have setup and/or continue to import or develop.

Could bitcoins be used inside VPPs? Probably not…. We aren’t quite sure if the currency would hold any weight on ‘Pluto’ for example. However as king or queen of your own VPP you could probably some kind of funny money to your inhabitant users of some sort, if bitcoins are non-transferable to other planets! Interesting thought there though.

We think we should also also offer access to the very first Mercury VPP, then a Venus VPI , skipping Earth VPP since we have an internet on the Earth already, Mars, Jupiter – for people wishing to pretend they live use an internet located on one of those planets. Nobody from the Jupiter VPP could ever email to or access any data or server directly or spy into the Venus VPP. Two people logged into separate VPI/VPPs would need to minimize the windows displaying the isolated planetary VPP and could only interact directly over the main internet.

People can pretend they live and work an interact on a Martian internet which would naturally be a completely isolated internet from this mother one here on Earth.

There would be no way to email anyone on Earth if logged in as a user on the Mars VPP; only email to other “Martians” is possible – to exemplify this concept…

As nobody or no agency on this mother internet on Earth can hack into or read/save/scan any email communications to each other conducted on Mars theoretically – as they have completely independent “atmospheres” and “planets”. Just like real puffy white atmospheric clouds from Earth do not mix with clouds on Mars – as it is impossible – any data sharing between a VPP and the mother internet would be made impossible; especially with an extra layer of entirely different ip protocol addressing (random key variations of ipv6, for example – the various blocks of different bits defined to be in different locations) different from the mother internet as an additional layer of data isolation.

So how will can anyone exchange email with anyone else?

Again only VPI/VPP users on the same VPP instance container can email each other.

A benefit is that the communication system from one VPI/VPP is completely isolated and different from from the communication protocol of another VPI/VPP and the mother internet itself. Your emails to trusted recipients become entirely private and secure again.

In simplest terms, we can model a virtual internet on another planet. If there really were Martians and they had their own internet, we can’t email them or hack into their emails from Earth – impossible.

All emails between users are entirely contained in the VPI or VPP (Virtual Private Planet) container. Those emails can never be intercepted by anybody. There is no secretive spy agencies or overreaching corporations possible inside a VPP. There would be no physical wires connecting webservers to wiretap!

Basically we can model a functional internet entirely run in software using ip packet routing that is always just one “hop”between VPS’s within the VPI/VPP. On this physical internet, there are like 30 physical “hops” between two servers perhaps. But in a VPI/VPP deployment – all the physical connections (wires/radio/light) are made virtual – no long wires needed between webservers – like two VPSs sharing the same processor and memory bus – there probably is a way each can communicate to each other without bits having to go out and back in the same network interface card (“nic’) and ethernet cable.

And that is all that is needed to create the VPI container functionality itself – virtual NIC cards and virtual packet routers and virtual wires rather than real ones – a completely virtualized functional internet physical transport layer.

Two separate VPI/VPPs’s don’t need to use the same ip protocol or packet structure or bit positions – as they will never communicate between environments; just like Martian air or clouds doesn’t ever mix with Earth air/clouds – the are completely separate and isolated atmospheres

Let’s call the extra security concept random key(structure) ipv6 protocol variations – it is unhackable because the an external intruder will not even have an idea of the VPI/VPP packet structure The packet structure it could be completely randomized upon VPI /VPP deployment as long as it is all homogeneous within the VPI/VPP instance itself. Just like we would have no idea even how to start hacking into some alien planet’s internet – even if we could somehow reach it or tap into it from afar.

So again all a VPI/VPP container does is replace all the physical data links (wires/radio/light) of this mother internet system with internal virtual highspeed bitstreams instead. You could randomly configure your own data/packet protocol so VPS’s running in the VPI container can understandably send packets back and forth to each other. Virtual NIC cards, virtual packet routers, virtual wires…. all within the same VPI/VPP, all hooked up with 0ms(zero) ping response time between all vps’s in the VPI/VPP.

The only thing on the ‘surface’ of a VPI/VPP is the user login/authentication screen with upon successful authentication boots your Linux desktop and then you view that computer screen over secure remote desktop protocol and viewed on the screen in front of your eyes. That tunnel connection has to be just as secure so nobody on the mother internet can view or take over your desktop being streamed to you from the VPI/VPP.

The VPI/VPP. wrapping container itself has a rather simple function – to route and deliver privately(randomly) structured ipv6 packets between VPS’s existing in the same ecosystem/atmosphere/planet. The container replaces/emulates the lowest physical transport layer of the OSI model (wires/radio/light) of the physical mother internet. All the other software that already exists which operates this existing internet would run right on top of all those virtual wires/links within a VPI/VPP instance/container – (Just as secure as Earth is its own separate container or Mars is its a completely isolated atmospheric container.)

Domains name registrations would also be free, naturally, within each VPI/VPP, and all available at first, lol; they can be registered, naturally, logically, for free, as long as they are utilized for something and the VPI container system could also help automatically administrate that. A VPP creator could make up their own TLD’s too – you can choose your own principle TLD for your VPP, such as (domainname).mars .

Did you read all over the above? Would you like to create your own new “planetary” internet? You could make up your own name for your own fantasy planet – it doesn’t have to be one from our solar system; if you think others would like to be an internet pioneer on it with you.

We don’t have the VPI/VPP container software developed yet but we think the code for a the VPI/VPP wrapping container shouldn’t be that extensive; but rather concise – just a lot of similar processing for a purely software mechanism to move ipv6 packets from one VPS to another in the same VPP network ecosystem. The software would model and replace the entire diversely connected physical(hardware) network like the one connecting all these computers on the mother internet that are connecting us right now.

What do you think? We’d need your help to get the word out about this idea so very skilled programmers could be recruited or volunteer to help create the first VPI/VPP for all of us to potentially privately and securely enjoy – to create our own entirely isolated worlds for us to interact within; without any possibility of our conversations or surfing habits being archived or being spied upon.

So tell others who might be able to help make this idea into future 4GoodHosting product offering. The most we offer in this direction so far is our Canadian Virtual Private Servers (link to VPS page). Impossible? Please tell us your thoughts or questions about this next-generation-internets idea, at support@(thishostingcompanydomainname).com

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Also, SSL certificates would not be needed in a VPI as transport links between virtual web servers would no longer need to be encrypted
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software (protocol) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In computer networking, a softwire protocol is a type of tunneling protocol that creates a virtual “wire” that transparently encapsulates another protocol as if was an anonymous point-to-point low-level link.[1] Softwires are used for various purposes, one of which is to carry IPv4 traffic over IPv6 and vice versa, in order to support IPv6 transition mechanisms.[2]

So an Ethernet software cable can be modeled and programmed as a method in a programming language, like Java for instance – to replace Ethernet cable that would normal allow two webservers or vps’s to talk to each other.

Using softwires in between VPSs on the same physical server environment allows websites to interact, without anything plugged into the box besides a keyboard and mouse. Softwires therefore make the VPI/VPP container possible.

It would certainly be the most ambitious software project yet since the creation of Earth’s original mother internet.

Yet another new WordPress Security Issue: CryptoPHP (Nulled Scripts)

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A Scandinavian technology company, Fox IT, was one of the first discovers of a new threat to PHP based programs (such as WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, etc. )

The Fox IT CryptoPHP white paper is quite technical but we will summarize the issue for you here.

It is about something termed ‘Nulled Scripts’ and given another label too, CryptoPHP. This is perhaps a new term to most of our customers.

So what exactly are these so-called Nulled Scripts?

Nulled scripts are scraps of PHP code, which can be found on free or otherwise non-approved WordPress plugin sites or even in WordPress theme archives; which have had their copy-protection removed.

Various *pro* plugins and themes come with a serial number, or key, which enables paid features or provides access to download free upgrades.

Nulled scripts have such protections removed (so that it is become ‘free’).

There are many websites that are offering these nulled-scripts and also nulled WordPress plugins and theme installers.

They shouldn’t be used because of the following problem:

CryptoPHP explained

The programmers who published the white paper have witnessed a drastic increase in the availability of nulled/corrupted scripts.

A Current Day update regarding Bitcoins and Canadian Commerce

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In this day and age being paid using Bitcoins can be a confusing and perplexing and even a daunting experience. Yet current buzz is that the Bank of Canada is considering the advantages of using so called encrypted-currencies, notably Bitcoin. Canadian companies may be able to benefit in various ways by accepting bitcoin and then in turn exchanging those for Canadian dollars.

What should business owners be thinking about cryptocurrencies today and into the next year? Would it ever be advantageous to pay your employees or refund your customers with bitcoins? You might want to check out the Bitcoin Alliance of Canada which explores these type of topics.

The Bitcoin Alliance website states it is: “Dedicated to raising awareness of bitcoin among Canadian consumers, merchants, and policy makers; to promoting bitcoin adoption in Canada; and to furthering study and research in bitcoin.”

The need for bitcoin today

This complex issue can be boiled down to some basic questions:

“What percentage of people are aware of bitcoin at this time?” “What is the general impression and trust of bitcoin as an alternative currency?” “What is the real benefit for a company that isn’t involved in bitcoin as of yet?”

The answer is, unless your customers already believe and and feel comfortable with bitcoin, then otherwise results won’t be so good or ‘worth it’.

However there are some companies that are beginning to trade with bitcoins. For example, the electronics store NewEgg began accepting bitcoins from Canadian customers in June 2014. It even offered bitcoin-only deals for Black Friday. Also, Overstock.com started accepting bitcoin about a year ago and they now process about $15,000 per day in the encrypted currency.

Canadian examples are: BitDeals.ca, Best Sleep Centre, and hundreds of smaller business ranging from restaurants, coffee shops, dentists, butchers, auto supply stores, and beauty spas and others. You can view a more extensive listing of them here.

There are some good reasons to offer bitcoin payment. A customer may feel good buying a product (or service) that is shipped and to make the payment without having to be send private payment information, that they may fear will eventually get leaked somewhere.

Even though Canadian credit cards use chip & PIN authentication, they are still inherently vulnerable for cardholder-not-present-transactions such as those conducted online.

The Canadian Bankers Association reported an 11% increase in online credit and debit card fraud in 2013. The well known Home Depot credit card breach has affected many Canadians, who subsequently experienced a big wave of credit card fraud.