Easily Manage Your Domains via new DNS Editor Platform

Easily Manage Your Domains via New DNS Editor Platform

Easily Manage Your Domains via new DNS Editor Platform

Managing domain names via your client area can be an easy task with Vodien’s all new DNS Editor function. Before, you can only edit your Domain Name System (DNS) via your web hosting control panel (cPanel). With the latest implementation, you can add or edit your domain name records along with some additional features via your billing client area. We are proud to provide our customers with the convenient, yet powerful DNS editor.

 

Features for the All-New DNS Editor

DNS Editor provides you with these features when managing your domains:

  • Easy access to Billing Account Client Area
  • Edit, add or remove DNS records with a press of a button
  • Advanced integration with 3rd party service providers using a simple template update
  • Manage domains from different web hosting accounts parked under the same billing account

You don’t need to log in to separate cPanel accounts in order to make DNS changes. All these can be managed on your dedicated billing account. To access the DNS editor, simply log in to your billing account and select DNS Editor under Domains.

For users that only have domain name registrations with us, you can also rely on this new feature to make edits to your domain name settings via your billing account client area.

 

More about DNS

DNS stands for Domain Name System, which handles your domain’s website and email settings, providing specific details for your domain. The DNS is similar to your mobile phone’s contact list. You refer to your contact list when you want to call your friends or family members.

Your contact list works the same way as the DNS where it manages a whole directory of domain names. Each domain name contains the actual Internet Protocol (IP) address. For example, whenever you enter www.vodien.com on your browser, the DNS system will direct you to the right IP address and display the requested website on your browser.

To learn more about DNS, please refer to the DNS Records Knowledge Base Article.

 

When do you Need to Use DNS Editor?

You can find instances of using the DNS Editor when you need to point certain services away from Vodien. This includes using your domain name email address to send out your emails through your marketing automation software. It could also be when you have your web hosting service purchased elsewhere, and you have to point the nameservers to that of your other web hosting service provider.

By default, all nameservers and Mail Exchanger records are pointed to Vodien, and you will have to edit the records separately if either of your web hosting or email hosting is hosted elsewhere. With the DNS Editor, you will be able to view, edit or remove DNS records of the domains under your billing account.

 

Advanced Integration to 3rd Party Service Providers

Most of our customers often ask us on how to update their DNS to point certain functions to 3rd party service providers. So, we have created a list of pre-defined DNS templates for such popular service providers to allow customers to easily integrate their service. The current 3rd Party DNS Template Configuration list includes:

    • Vodien SpamGuard
    • Office 365
    • Google – G Suite
    • Map by IP
    • Google G Suite
    • Square Space
    • MailChimp

With your suggestions, we will be able to populate other DNS templates for more 3rd party service providers. Please feel free to reach out to us at support@vodien.com if you like to see another provider on the list.

 

Impressive DNS Management Tool with your Purchased Domains

When you purchase domains from us, you get exclusive access to our proprietary DNS Editor. This all-in-one tool makes it possible for you to manage DNS records and customize other domain settings form a single portal.

if you want to know how to get your own domain and run it with your web hosting service, first check if it’s available on our Domain Name Checker tool. Don’t limit yourself with just .sg or .com domain extensions. Anything can be possible! If you require further assistance, just go right ahead and contact our Domain Name Specialist by clicking on the link below.

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Web Security: How to Avoid the 'Not Secure' Warning from Google Chrome

Web Security: How to Avoid the ‘Not Secure’ Warning from Google Chrome

 

Web Security: How to Avoid the 'Not Secure' Warning from Google Chrome

Keeping the Internet safe is one of the long-term goals that Google is working on for its users. So much so that in September 2016, they announced that they would label HTTP websites (those without SSL certificates) as ‘non-secure’– especially for web pages that collect credit card information and passwords.  Since January 2017, they have started labeling some HTTP websites as non-secure. This is in conjunction with the release of Chrome Browser version 56.

For the past few years, Google has been pushing for website owners to switch their sites to HTTPS. Secure Socket Layer or SSL helps to encrypt data as it travels from the user’s web browser to the web page’s server. This move ensures that users can browse and enter their private information without it being compromised by cyber hackers. We wrote another article that explains more on HTTPs and SSL in great detail: Why You Need to Convert to an HTTPs Website Today

Chrome Browser’s ‘Not Secure’ Warning

When a website has a ‘Not Secure’ label on the URL address bar, it means that data transmits through an unencrypted network. HTTPS is the secure counterpart of HTTP (HyperText Transfer Protocol). It allows for a more secure protection against people with malicious intent to eavesdrop or modify the data.

'Not Secure' Warning on Google Chrome
How the ‘Not Secure’ warning will look like in Chrome version 62                          

Starting October 2017, Google will step up its web security campaign even further by having the Chrome browsers show the ‘Not Secure’ label when users enter any type of data on an HTTP web page, even in Incognito mode. This includes any text entered into the search box.

This extended warning will put pressure on website owners to implement the much-needed SSL /TLS certificates. The security warnings influence the perception of the visitor on the site; visitors may leave your site if they feel that their information transmitted to the site could be intercepted by a third-party operator.

 

Google’s Plan to Distrust Symantec Certificates

Google disclosed its plan to distrust all Symantec certificates issued before June 2016. This is alongside the release of Chrome 66 on  March 15, 2018, and Chrome beta users on April 2018. In September 2017, the Google Chrome team announced their decision to distrust Symantec SSL certificates to ensure that user’s security and privacy when browsing on the Internet are consistently maintained.

It was revealed that Symantec Corporation has issued authentication certificates to suspicious websites based on public reports shared by a Google group – mozilla.dev.security.policy. Symantec’s PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) business runs a series of Certificate Authorities under different brand names which include VeriSign, Thawte, GeoTrust, Equifax, and RapidSSL. These CAs issues a huge number of certificates which do not adhere to the CA/Browser Forum Baseline Requirements.

After several investigations, Google found out that Symantec entrusted various organizations with the power to issue certificates without the need for supervision and has been aware of the security lapses for some time now.  This and other series of security blunders done over the years by Symantec were the reasons why the Chrome team decided to distrust Symantec’s infrastructure.

On October 31, 2017, DigiCert announced that they have acquired Symantec’s Website Security and PKI business as Symantec will work on regaining trust from customer’s with a new infrastructure. DigiCert will manage all affected certificates for free without any interruptions to their service. From December 1, 2017, Chrome will no longer trust all certificates issued from the old Symantec infrastructure. When Chrome 70 will be released on October 23, 2018,  it will completely remove its trust in Symantec’s old infrastructure and all the security certificates it has issued. The rest of the independently-operated and audited CAs trusted by Google will not be affected by this transition.

In lieu of this news, our Vodien Web Security Team will re-issue new SSL certificates to those who are affected. For non-Vodien hosting customers that purchased SSL certificates from us will need to contact our Customer Support to request a re-issue of new certificate and update it by themselves at the externally-hosted website.

Do you have an HTTP Website?

Find out if your website will be affected by this non-secure warning by asking these questions:

  • Is your website still running on HTTP on the web address bar?
  • Do you require users to input their information on your website? This information may include usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, contact forms and the search bar.

If your answer is “yes” to these questions, then you need to implement SSL as soon as possible. This is to ensure that the ‘Not Secure” label won’t show for your site. You need to force HTTPS on your website. Allow pages to redirect to its HTTPS versions so that users will not unintentionally browse the insecure version of your site.

 

Why it’s Important to Convert to HTTPS?

Security

Web security is the very reason why HTTPS came into being. The ‘s’ in HTTPS stands for secure. It indicates that all communications between the browser and server are encrypted or protected against being hijacked by third parties.

The authentication and encryption offered by SSL prevent ‘man-in-the-middle’ attacks by blocking third parties from intercepting your website.

 

User Trust

More than just a tool to protect a user’s access to a certain site, a non-secure warning serves as a wake-up call for website owners who still serve HTTP web pages to their users. Psychologically speaking, users tend to trust sites marked ‘secure’ more than those who aren’t.

It serves as a visual clue for users as they navigate around sites to look for them before they input any personal information.

 

SEO Boost

In 2014, Google said that HTTPS will be part of their ranking signal. While we can’t deny it’s value to users, it’s still a small ranking factor. It may, however, change in the future as Google works aggressively towards keeping the web safe.

How to Avoid the ‘Not Secure’ Warning

You have to install an SSL Certificate and configure your site to run over the HTTPS protocol. It offers more than just encryption when accepting online payments and logins. Having an HTTPS website provides your visitors with a peace of mind, knowing that they can enter their information without any worries of third parties intercepting their information as it travels through several networks.        

 

Beyond Web Security

We understand that along with the security offered by SSL certificates is the obvious concern of additional cost. However, think of it this way. The prospect of avoiding incurring penalties from Google and the benefits of encrypting your user’s access will far outweigh the cost associated with it. 

By installing an SSL certificate, you are adding an extra layer of protection to your site against possible third party attacks that may damage your brand and reputation. Keep your customer’s information private and secure by installing Vodien’s Thawte-certified SSL certificates.

It offers up to 256-bits data encryption on the root level that protects all data against spoofing and phishing.  To know how you can start with Vodien Web SSL certificate today, just click on the link below.

Vodien SSL Certificate

Top 4 Tech Predictions for 2018

We’re now halfway beyond 2017. It’s mind-blowing how technology evolved by leaps and bounds–and before you know it—it’ll be 2018 soon.

Whether we like it or not, our lives will be brimming with more breakthrough technologies driven by a new phase of innovation. For entrepreneurs looking for technology-driven opportunities, these are the top tech trends that will shape 2018 and beyond.

 

Internet of Things

Thanks to Internet of Things or IoT, the future home will be smarter in the years to come. IoT refers to a computing concept where smart devices and ordinary objects are connected together through the Internet to collect and exchange data.

Internet of Things allows you to control and automate the way you communicate with everyday devices like speakers, TV, refrigerator or security cameras. SAP created Leonardo, their IoT platform that allows customers to track sensor data from connected devices and get insights quickly.  Touted as their digital innovation system, SAP Leonardo is an umbrella term for a suite of SAP technologies all designed on top of its platform-as-a-server (PaaS) known as the SAP cloud platform.

The concept behind IoT is nothing new as you’ve probably heard about this for years. One of the reasons why IoT adoption is slow in most homes is due to the rising competition among smart devices with little room for collaboration.

Other no-technical issues like privacy, liability and the complexity of integrating special assistants are also attributed to IoT’s slow adoption. Most of the smart appliances and devices in the market offer hardly any solution to join them together to create a smooth and unified experience.

We hope that in 2018, we’ll see further improvements in this area where smart devices will transition from an individual to collaborative model; to communicate with one another and act as one when executing certain tasks.

 

Machine Learning

Machine learning is often confused with Artificial Intelligence (AI). Both may seem similar on the surface, but they are actually different.

Artificial Intelligence pertains to a general concept of creating intelligent machines that act and react like humans (natural intelligence). AI computers carry specific functions such as learning, planning, problem solving and speech recognition.

On the other hand, machine learning is a subset of AI that allows applications to learn and predict outcomes independently without being explicitly programmed. The basic premise of ML is to create algorithms that collect data and use statistical analysis to predict outcomes within an acceptable range.

Machine learning processes are similar to that of predictive modeling and data mining where machines search through data for patterns and adjust program actions accordingly.

Machine intelligence helps companies create better decisions, install sophisticated analytics that analyses certain human interactions and automate complex tasks with the adoption of bots and robotics.

You might have already experienced machine learning without you knowing it. This is especially true when you do online shopping. Each time you shop on the Internet, notice the related ads that pop after you purchase something. This occurs because recommendation system uses machine learning to personalize ads depending on the buyer’s buying habit. Other processes that use machine learning are spam filtering, fraud detection, and news feeds.

Google Translate already used Machine Learning to provide users with more fluent translations. Before, it was difficult to translate texts from a foreign language because you need to factor in grammar rules and language versions when translating a sentence. Today, we don’t have to struggle so much as Google Translate algorithm introduced more improvements and better results.

In the next few years, we expect more organizations to integrate machine learning seamlessly into their daily operations. It will not only carry out tasks based on experiences but learn from these interactions and recommend new tasks. This will eventually help companies increase productivity and service delivery to their customers.

 

Cloud Computing

With the adoption of cloud services growing for small and medium businesses, researchers are adjusting their forecasts for an upward trend. KPMG predict that Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) will be the fastest-growing cloud computing, soaring 32% in 2017 to 56% in 2020.

The massive growth of the cloud platforms in the coming years will surely drive up the competition and consolidation among cloud service providers.

Steep competition will lead them to differentiate themselves by ease of use, automation, analytics and cognitive computing. In 2018, expect cloud to be simpler, cheaper and more secure for small business and enterprise users.

Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR and AR)

Virtual Reality (VR) is a technology that uses computer-simulated reality that creates an immersive physical experience in either real or imagined environment.

VR is one of the computing ideas that were around for years but only took off just recently. Experts pointed out that reasons for its slow adoption are likely due to its high cost and the previous hardware design didn’t show the best virtual reality experience.

Some of the high profile VR launches were the Oculus Rift  and Playstation VR. Acquired by Facebook for $2 billion, Oculus Rift offers rich, immersive experience with your favorite game and movie featuring intuitive Touch controllers.  

Sony Playstation VR is set to reinvent the immersion VR experience where gamers can step in a virtual world of an extraordinary gaming and entertainment experience.

Unlike virtual reality, augmented reality does not use an artificial environment; instead, it makes use of the existing environment and overlays “augmented” elements on it.  Pokemon Go, an AR mobile game launched in mid-2016 was a global phenomenon with more than 100 million downloads worldwide. Beyond its AR capabilities, Pokemon Go was a huge success partly due to its social impact that brings people together and the exploration of local communities.

Tech experts forecast VR and AR to advance exponentially and become mainstream tools that employees use in different sectors such as manufacturing, healthcare, retail, travel, training and more.

Both are capable of altering the way we normally perceive our presence and interact in an immersive environment. VR can be a great tool for training simulation and remote experiences. On the other hand, AR blends the real and virtual world seamlessly.

Overtime, both VR and AR will go beyond visual immersion and will incorporate the human senses. AR and VR companies are looking into more immersive ways that blends the physical environment with digital systems–creating a hybrid reality that’s uniquely intelligent, natural and smart.

 

The Future of Technology

While trends may come and go, it doesn’t hurt to keep yourself abreast with the latest tech trends. By forecasting what’s in store in technology, you can prepare yourself with your next business move before 2018 sets in.

 

About Vodien

Looking for a forward-thinking hosting partner that operates on cutting-edge technology? Here at Vodien, we constantly research and develop new implementations to boost your website speed and security. With our security sentry and cyber threat prevention architecture in place, you can be sure that your hosting service  is safe.

Introducing AI Sentry, our server-wide security solution that targets malicious behavior and cyber threats from unknown server traffic.

Through webGuard, an all-inclusive web optimisation and security add-on, AI Sentry works via three sectors: Application Security, Network Security and Bot Defence Security that protects against DDoS attacks, unauthorised logins, brute force attacks and other types of cyber attacks.

For more questions about how AI Sentry can enhance the security of your web hosting plan, feel free to get in touch with our SuperSupport Team. Just click on the link below.

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What Happens When you Forget to Backup your Website and Email

What Happens When You Forget to Backup your Website and Email?

What Happens When You Forget to Backup your Website and Email?

Imagine this.

You have a cool website that attracts huge volume of traffic each month.

Your business is doing great and it’s growing more than you could ever imagine. Then one day, due to some unforeseen circumstances, your website’s gone and your customers have no choice but to look elsewhere.

This scenario might sound crazy but it can happen whether we like it or not. It’s no longer a question of will it happen but when. What’s even more painful is when you don’t have a website backup in place. All the time, effort and money you spent are gone along with it.

So, there’s no better time to start a backup plan than TODAY. As a website owner, backing up your website should be a regular habit you need to have. It might be time-consuming but it’s better to always have a backup copy in case something goes wrong.

This article will delve deeper into why you should do a backup. Make sure to bookmark and share this with your team so they, too would understand the importance of backing up.

 

Why Do You Need to Backup your Website?

 

Website hackers

There’s no telling when the next data breach will be released. We’d like to think that our website is small enough to even be bothered with but hackers don’t care about the size of a website at all. Their goal is to steal sensitive information like credit card numbers or simply to just cause trouble.

If you’re using WordPress, your chances of getting hacked could be higher since it’s one of the most widely used online publishing platform. It’s a favorite target among spammers and hackers. Even with a security plugin installed, with no proper maintenance and setup, there’s still a risk that a malicious script might inject a virus or malware to your website.

If they do hack and disable your website, you can try to use a full backup copy to restore it to its last workable copy.

Not all web hosting companies offer free daily backup

Believe it or not, some web hosting service providers don’t offer backup feature to their customers. Here at Vodien, we’re happy to say that we offer free weekly or daily backup to our customers. They can use it to roll back their website to its latest working version in the case that the website isn’t working.

While the regular backup feature from any web host does offer a huge safety net, it’s too risky to depend entirely on them as your only backup solution.

We recommend that you have a secondary backup solution, one that is not stored on the same location as your web host’s servers. You can save a copy on your personal hard drive or better yet, a cloud backup solution. In this way, you have another copy ready if in case your hosting company’s shared servers experience outages.

Faulty Updates

Content Management Systems such as WordPress usually rolls out regular updates every now and then. This is to patch up any security loopholes found and provide users with the latest version of their software. We highly recommend you do a backup before updating any component on your website (plugins, themes, software, etc).

Most of the time, security updates are successful but there might be instances when they don’t go as planned. Any update that goes wrong might take your website offline.

Malwares and Viruses

You might unknowingly inject your websites and emails with viruses and malwares through a third-party plugin or theme. It’s important to read reviews and ratings from other users and check if the plugin has been updated regularly. Of course, a having a backup does not prevent malware attack but it will give you peace of mind when needed.

Human Error

Mistakes do happen even by the most tech savvy website owners. Anyone might erroneously delete or overwrite wrong files or folders. Just a simple command can cause data to update incorrectly. Whatever that mistake is, you’ll be glad that you have a backup ready when such uncertainties occur.

Server Outages

No web host ever can guarantee 100% reliability and uptime no matter how hyped up they seem to be. There might be days when datacenters can experience downtimes or outages from time to time due to network failure or hard drive errors.

It’s awesome when your web host has the capacity to retrieve their data. However, these retrieved data might be on a version that’s already a few days old. You might lose a few days worth of work, should your web host’s servers go down. So, always be prepared for the worst.

 

How to Implement a Website Backup

Now that you understood why it’s important to backup your website files, let’s go and perform one. Here are the different ways:

  • Talk to your web host if they offer free website backup service

          For Vodien customers, we offer free JetBackup service for all web hosting and business web hosting plans. JetBackup offers full backups for accounts, files, databases, emails, and many more.

  • Check your control panel

See if you have a free backup wizard tool to create a backup manually. Check if you have the option for full or partial backup for your home directory, MySQL databases, and email forwarders and filters.

  • Backup plugin

For those on WordPress, there’s a few good choices for you. Check if it the plugin is updated to its latest version and if it has great reviews from other users. Some of these backup plugins allow you to schedule backups and send it automatically to a cloud storage such as Google Drive.

  • Save on Computer

Aside from doing any of the three methods mentioned above, a good rule of thumb is to save a secondary copy to your computer folder or removable storage drive (USB drive). We wrote a similar article on how to save your important files here: The Best Way to Backup your Important Data

 

Don’t Leave it to Chance

Be in control of your website. Data breaches and outages may happen at anytime so it’s a must to perform a backup everyday for your peace of mind. Back up your site today and avoid the stress and anxiety that goes with losing your website files and having to start all over again.

If you’re an existing Vodien customer, we are more than happy to discuss how our JetBackup Restoration service can complement your backup strategy. Simply click on the link below and our SuperSupport will guide on how to get started.

Vodien JetBackup Service