European web host announces data breach comprising passwords, bank accounts and credit scores

DomainFactory, a subsidiary of Host Europe Group, claims its customers’ personal data was accessible to ‘outside parties’ as of 29th January 2018. Some sources claim the attack originated from a DomainFactory customer.

A German web hosting company, Domain Factory, has announced a data breach that may have compromised its customers’ DomainFactory phone passwords, bank account numbers and credit scores, as well as other personal data.

DomainFactory is a subsidiary of Host Europe Group, which owns a number of other web hosting companies including 123-Reg and Heart Internet.

The vulnerability was discovered on 3rd July 2018 and announced on 6th July 2018. According to the announcement on DomainFactory’s website, an “inadvertent system change” made customer data accessible to third parties as of 29th January 2018.

It also states the data wasn’t just exposed but accessed by an “outside party without authorization”.

In a subsequent update published on 8th July, DomainFactory is also encouraging its customers to update their email, FTP, SSH and MySQL database passwords.

As it provides web hosting services it’s conceivable that any third-party with access to a customer’s account could also gain access to a database powering that customer’s website.

According to an automatically translated report from Heise, the attacker allegedly acquired access to one of DomainFactory’s shared web servers to take revenge on another DomainFactory customer for owing him money.

DomainFactory claims the vulnerability has been patched and that it has reported the incident to Germany’s data protection authority.

Aside from DomainFactory phone passwords, bank accounts and credit scores, DomainFactory states the following personal data was also made accessible to outside parties:

  • Customer name;
  • Company name;
  • Customer number;
  • Address;
  • Email address;
  • Telephone number; and
  • Date of birth.

It claims it has put in place “increased security” to prevent further unauthorized access, however it’s also advising all customers to change their DomainFactory account passwords.

As a third-party with access to this data could setup direct debits in another person’s name, DomainFactory is also encouraging customers to monitor their bank statements for any suspicious activity.

Based on the timeline provided by DomainFactory, the breach may fall under the provisions of the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation, which came into effect on 25th May.

According to Article 33 of the GDPR, organizations must report a data breach within 72 hours of discovering it. Organizations found to be contravening the new regulation can incur fines of up to 20 million EUR or 4 percent of annual revenue, whichever is higher.

The web host claims it has instructed an “external security company” to assist in a forensic investigation of its systems.

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Ready to Set Up a Website? You Have 4 Toggle Choices to Make.

You are ready to take your business online. It might be an established business in the community. Or it could be a brand-new venture. Or you might be moving from selling just over social media to setting up your own website.

You have choices to make.

The first three are multiple choice: the business name, the domain name and the web host. There are so many options for each.

Then come the “toggle choices”. A toggle choice is a choice between two options; you can toggle either way.

Toggle choices when setting up a website

You have to choose between hard coding and a content management system (CMS). For most people this is easy. Hard coding gives you absolute flexibility. But it is also a lot more work to code a website from scratch. And new businesses don’t like a lot more work. They like shortcuts. Most companies these days go with a CMS, which is like a shortcut. Most of the coding is already done; it just needs to be customized for your business.

The choice of CMS is technically a multiple choice decision. There are dozens of them out there. But for most people, the choice is binary. Go with WordPress or go with Joomla or Drupal. I like WordPress for the simple reason that there is a huge development community. Somebody is always building pretty much whatever is needed. And what they build is often free. But each CMS has its advantages, so it’s worth comparing WordPress vs Joomla vs Drupal before making the selection. I’ve worked in all three at one point or another.

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Before coding begins, there are a couple more toggle choices. The first is between http and https. The “s” in “https” stands for “secure”. While there was debate on the value of https for several years, that debate is over. Web browsers are showing users when a website is not considered secure. Google Chrome will be marking pages “unsecure” in its search results soon. If you don’t want to scare away nervous prospects, get https.

The second toggle choice before coding begins is responsive design versus accelerated mobile pages (AMP). A responsive website is one that changes placement and size of page elements to fit the user’s screen. This means that your pages look different on an iPhone than they do on a wall screen or a laptop. AMP is a stripped down version of your website, stored by Google for quick loading. Although there might be future advantages to AMP, for now I am sticking with responsive. AMP is proprietary technology and offers you less control.

You might also want to choose between search engine optimization (SEO) and advertising, such as pay-per-click (PPC) early on. SEO affects so many aspects of a website. I don’t like this choice. Even though it is often presented as a one-or-the-other choice, there is no reason you can’t use both. Unless your website is very temporary, SEO should be part of every plan. Over the long run, it’s almost always a great investment.

However, SEO does take time to mature, just as fruit takes time to ripen. To avoid starving while waiting for SEO to bear fruit, advertising can fill the gap. Once search engine rankings start to improve, you might not want to give up the paid advertising that reaches a different market.

Another toggle choice is delayed response versus instant contact. Delayed response includes:

  • an email address
  • a feedback or query form
  • a phone number for prospects to call

Instant contact would be on-page chat, so that people can ask questions even as they browse. This can be very effective at pushing more sales. But on-page chat might cost more than you think. A Google search for chat pricing or for budgeting for live chat will tell you only how much the software subscription costs. Nobody mentions the cost to have people constantly on standby, which can be huge for a small company just starting out. A good approach is to start with delayed response until you can afford a 24/7 chat presence.

Life is about choices and so is business. Although there are some multiple choice decisions to make, many are toggle choices. You go one way or the other. These four toggle choices will make or break your online success.

How to Choose Best Web Host

By SiliconIndia   |   Monday, 02 July 2018, 11:59 Hrs


Choosing a web host service that works well for a customer’s needs can prevent a lot of headaches and confusion later on. While there are thousands of professional web hosting solutions available, the search can be made more manageable by focusing on the most critical needs in a web host service.



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A business web host is easy to find online but it’s important to prioritize and narrow these choices based on some key factors, such as:



Capacity – What is the disk size and bandwidth limit on the account? Most small businesses are best served by shared hosting plans but for high traffic websites, a dedicated server web hosting solution may be best.



Reliability – What is the server’s percentage uptime? What is the reputation?



Price – Is it inexpensive web hosting? How does the pricing compare to others given the features of the web site host?



Customer Support – When and how is technical support available?



Usability – Do they offer an easy-to-use control panel, tutorials, and other help for web page hosting?



Technical Features –How many websites can you host on the web hosting packages? What scripting languages and analytics are available?



Based on key needs, it is best to do the research and cull a list of best web hosts down to about three to five potential web hosting solutions. With a shorter list, carefully review each of the best web hosts for information that meets your important criteria in a top web host. What may be most critical to one webmaster is likely to be different from others, so it is best to look for a web host service that makes the most sense depending on the objectives.



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When webmasters compare web hosting, it’s evident that prices can vary widely but many offer affordable web hosting packages. For a small business web host, it’s typical to buy a smaller package at first. Most shared web hosting plans are more than sufficient for a typical website’s needs, and can always be upgraded later if the website outgrows the web hosting package in size or traffic.



Web hosting prices generally range from free to less than $10 a month. Customers can buy a web hosting solution by the month or as an annual prepaid package for more savings.



For a dependable web hosting solution, website owners may not be able to rely on a free domain hosting service that may have cumbersome requirements, place unwanted ads, or go out of business at any time. However, for a beginner webmaster who is on a budget or creating a hobby website, a free web site host may be a worthwhile way to experiment.



Best Web Hosts: Making the Decision



When deciding on a web site host, it makes sense to carefully compare web hosting plans and determine which of the top web hosts best serve critical needs. The biggest factor for web page hosting may be pricing, customer support, or certain technical requirements. With a little planning and research, webmasters can find the best web hosts for inexpensive or free web hosting.



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Shared web hosting

Launch your website quickly and affordably with shared web hosting.

If you’re looking for an inexpensive and convenient way to launch your small website, you should consider shared web hosting.

Shared hosting, the most commonly used web hosting type, allows you to house your website or blog on a shared server. Though you’ll share space and resources with other sites, your neighbouring users will not be able to access your files.

Shared web hosting is easy to set up and manage for beginners with no prior technical experience. But with convenience and low costs come limited resources, bandwidth and performance capabilities. You should carefully consider the needs of your website or business, and the future plans you have for your site before choosing a web hosting provider. Read on to find out if shared hosting is the right option for you.

You need a web host in order for your website to be viewed on the Internet, but not all web hosting types are created equal. If you’re launching a small business, blog or website and have a limited budget and little-to-no technical experience, shared web hosting might be for you.

In order to launch your website, your files, data, documents and software will need to be housed on a server, which will allow your site to be viewed on the Internet. With shared hosting, you share the physical server with other users. This means storage space, memory and CPU will be shared among all the users on the server.

Though the behaviour and traffic of your neighbour sites can affect the performance of your website, shared resources might not be a problem for you if your website is small, has modest processing needs and limited traffic.

How much does shared hosting cost?

Shared web hosting basic plans start at just a few dollars per month. Cost will increase for more premium plans with additional memory, available CPUs and space. Choose a plan based on your budget and the needs of your website. Be sure check if your web host includes any features in your plan such as domain name registration or 24/7 customer service.

  • Affordability. Shared hosting is by far the most economical type of web hosting, with basic plans starting at just a few dollars per month.
  • Convenience. Shared hosting plans are easy to set up and manage. Your hosting provider will take care of the maintenance and administration of your server, making your life much simpler. You don’t need to have any special knowledge or server management experience to maintain your website on a shared web host.
  • Many options available. From basic plans to premium packages, you’ a wide range of options available to cover your specific needs and budget.
  • Customisation. Though your resources will be shared, you’ll be able to manage your own website individually and customise a wide range of features such as email and uploaded images. You’ll be provided with a user-friendly application that will help you customise your website to your specifications.
  • Technical support. One benefit of sharing resources with other users is that you’ll generally receive fast technical support because any problem that’s affecting your website will probably be affecting all of the neighbouring sites. Many shared hosting plans provide 24/7 maintenance, supervision and support.
  • Availability. Almost all web hosting providers offer a shared hosting plan.
  • Ability to upgrade. If you choose a provider that offers a variety of services, it’s relatively easy to migrate your website from shared hosting plan to a virtual private server (VPS) or dedicated hosting plan. As your site outgrows the resources of your shared hosting plan your provider should be able to help you migrate to a plan that better suits your growing needs.

Shared hosting is the most popular web hosting type for a reason. Shared hosting can be particularly useful for:

  • Personal bloggers
  • Small businesses
  • Websites with low to moderate traffic

If you fall under one of these groups, a shared web hosting plan can provide everything you need at a low cost. However, if you need more resources and guaranteed security than a shared hosting plan offers, you should consider another web hosting type.

Shared hosting may not be for you if you fall under the following:

  • You have a large business
  • A website with high traffic
  • Sensitive information stored on your site

While a shared hosting plan may be the best option when your business is small, as your business grows and traffic to your website increases you may wish to migrate to another hosting type to satisfy your needs.

  • Security. The biggest downside to shared hosting is the potential for security breaches. When one user makes a mistake or experiences a security breach, it will likely affect all the other sites on the shared server.
  • Performance. With shared hosting, your site can be impacted by other sites on the server. Increased activity or traffic spikes on your neighbouring sites can lead to performance lags on your website.
  • Limited resources. A shared server will have a maximum amount of space, available CPUs and memory. If your website becomes popular and starts experiencing significantly increased traffic, you may outgrow the resources available to you.
  • Crashes. Any physical server has the potential for crashes and failures. Ask your potential web host what measures they take to prevent crashes and protect your site.
  • Limited apps. With a shared web hosting plan, you will only be able to use the applications and software offered by your provider.
  • No root access. Root access gives you administrative control across the server, and is only available with VPS and dedicated web hosting. Without root access, you will not be able to install server wide apps, edit files on the server or reconfigure software.
  • Reduced flexibility. Less flexibility than other hosting types, only really meant for smaller websites.

  1. Choose a web host. The first and most important part of setting up shared web hosting is picking the best web hosting provider for your website. Be sure to check the terms of service for all the details of your potential shared server.
  2. Register a domain name. This is where people will find your website. Many web hosting providers allow you to do this for free, but you can also use a domain registration service. Consider which domain extension would be most appropriate for your site e.g. “.com”, “.org”, “.au”, “.net” or “.edu”. Keep in mind, the price may differ based on the extension you want.
  3. Build your website. Use a website builder or content management system (CMS) such as WordPress or Joomla, depending on what is offered by your web host to design your website.
  4. Upload content. Once your website has been established you can continue to add content and focus on growing your site traffic.
  5. Manage growth. If your website or business expands beyond what you had initially predicted, you might want to consider migrating to a web hosting type that can accommodate your higher performance needs.
  • Can I buy a domain from one company and use it at another web host?

    Yes, it’s possible to get a web host if you already have a domain name. Keep in mind, some web hosts offer free domain name registration as part of a shared hosting plan, so it could be more cost effective to buy your domain directly from your web host.

  • How secure is shared web hosting?

    Shared web hosting is generally considered safe, but security cannot be 100% guaranteed. A security breach of another user on the shared server can affect your site. If you have sensitive personal data, you should consider another web hosting type.

  • Is shared web hosting reliable?

    While reliable is a relative term, different web hosting providers have different degrees of reliability in performance and security. Check out reviews or recommendations of a potential web host to see if current customers consider it a reliable provider.

  • Is shared hosting unlimited?

    Not really. Many web hosting providers offer “unlimited” shared hosting, but they really mean “unlimited” within the reasonable usage expected of a small website. The server itself will have limitations in terms of space, available CPUs and memory, and your site will only be able to expand a finite amount. Check the terms of service of any potential web host for specifics.

  • What other types of web hosting are available?

    • VPS hosting
    • Dedicated hosting
    • Cloud hosting
    • Reseller hosting
    • WordPress hosting
  • How does shared hosting differ from VPS hosting?

    While shared hosting gives you space on a shared server, VPS hosts give you use of a private virtual server within a shared hosting system. This gives you more control, security and ability to customise your site for a higher cost.

  • What is the difference between shared and dedicated hosting?

    Dedicated web hosting gives you the use of an entire server effectively eliminating the problems associated with sharing a server, but it comes at a much higher cost than shared hosting. Dedicated hosting is useful for large businesses with high performance needs.

  • If I choose shared hosting, how can I migrate to another hosting type if my website expands?

    If you choose a web host that offers other web hosting types, the support staff will be able to help you transfer your site to another plan. If you foresee your business or website outgrowing shared hosting, make sure to choose a web host that offers multiple options. Before you migrate your site remember to export your database and download all site files.

Web Host Rankings June 2018: Bluehost, Hostinger and GreenGeeks perform best overall

Bluehost, Hostinger and GreenGeeks all maintained uptime of 100 percent for the month of June 2018. They also maintained response times of 472ms, 506ms and 584ms respectively.

Bluehost, GreenGeeks and Hostinger each maintained uptime of 100 performed and performed best overall in our web host rankings for June 2018. The full rankings can be viewed in a table below. Our web host rankings are updated monthly and are also available for March, April and May.

Fat Cow, Just Host and Namecheap also maintained uptime of 100 percent however performed poorer than the aforementioned web hosts for response time.

To determine the rankings, we monitor the performance of 18 of the world’s biggest web hosts on a second-by-second basis using third-party monitoring software. All selected web hosts are monitored for uptime and response time.

Uptime is a measure of the availability of a web server over a given period of time, while response time is a measure of how long it takes a client to retrieve the first byte of data (TTFB), load HTML and receive HTTP headers.

Response time is not the same as page load time, with the latter being a measure of how long it takes to load all of a page’s assets or dependent files.

GoDaddy, which has maintained uptime of 100 percent for 3 months in a row, slipped in this month’s rankings after maintaining uptime of 99.98 percent.

Bluehost, which like Just Host, iPage, FatCow and HostGator is an Endurance International Group brand, performed best overall for both uptime and response time. Bluehost, Hostinger and GreenGeeks maintained response times of 472ms, 506ms and 584ms respectively.

When analyzing the data it’s important to account for variables like scheduled maintenance (the conditions surrounding this are typically outlined in a web host’s terms and conditions).

It’s also important to note that uptime and response time are merely two of many factors that should be considered when evaluating a web host’s performance.