Sony Data Hack Security Lessons

You may have never enjoyed playing a video game on a PlayStation, and might not watch many movies, use a camera, or listen to a lot of music - even if you have trouble spelling the company name - each of us can learn a valuable lesson from the fallout of the recent data breach that happened at Sony. By now everyone should be aware of the basics of online security and protecting password information. The next time that you have logged into one of your favourite ecommece websites and are preparing to buy something... after you have checked for the https secure website lock and entered your credit card number, but before you press the enter key to make that online purchase, remember that even multi-national mega-uber-conglamerate companies like Sony have been victims of data breaches. Life is full of risks and there are very few things in life that you can always rely on, however there is ONE thing that is always true online. Nothing on the internet is 100% secure.

Data backup and disaster Recovery

A good rule with web hosting is to always have a back-up and disaster recovery plan in place for a worst case scenario, if your data disappears. Many hosts will offer a backup service, and there are a number of options available for increased protection. One good method is to setup a RAID array for your server.  There are several different ways you can configure RAID, essentially it gives protection by spreading or copying your data over two or more redundant hard drives. Many people choose to augment this with an additional hard drive outside of the RAID array, and also do backups there. For yet another level of redundancy you could also do backups to a remote workstation. Many larger and more popular websites also choose to setup a failover to another server in a different network operations center. This can be a bit tricky for complex websites, or if there are databases involved, the team at PingPipe has over a decade of experience assisting clients with all levels of data backup and disaster recovery, and would be pleased to help you set-up the most cost-effective solution that meets your needs. For additional information on data backup and disaster recovery please contact the PingPipe sales team today. PingPipe is maximum dedicated to your business' online success.

big security update

This week Microsoft released a huge update for Windows Vista.  Make sure that your operating system on your computers is up-to-date, if you are running Vista and don't have it configured for automatic security downloads (we recommend this), download and install the latest updates from the start button in the lower right hand corner of your desktop.
Posted in news, Online Security, Windows at October 16th, 2009. No Comments.

Linux kernel exploit

There has been a new vulnerability discovered  in most versions of Linux. In order to address this, clients using Linux as their operating system are strongly advised to run the YUM feature (or updates, if they are using Cpanel or Plesk) and then enter a support ticket to have their server rebooted.
Posted in Linux, news, Online Security at September 9th, 2009. No Comments.