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US Data Centre Scheduled Maintenance 8th October 2014

The US data centre have informed us that one of their upstream bandwidth suppliers, Time Warner, will be performing scheduled maintenance on the 8th October 2014 between 8am and 1pm BST. The Time Warner Cable Engineering department will perform network … Continue reading

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Bash ‘Shellshock’ Vulnerability (CVE-2014-6271 & CVE-2014-7169)

A very serious flaw in a critical piece of software that runs on almost all Linux operating systems has been found. BBC news story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-29361794 Dubbed ‘Shellshock’ the flaw allows attackers to potentially take control of a vulnerable system and … Continue reading

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Modern Anti-Spam and E2E Crypto Article

Nice write up of the long drawn out war against spammers and protecting email services from abuse: https://moderncrypto.org/mail-archive/messaging/2014/000780.html Written by Mike Hearn, a very smart/savvy ex-Googler Found via tweet by Matt Cutts: http://twitter.com/mattcutts/status/508108603253743616 As mentioned in the above article, a … Continue reading

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WordPress Attack on UK Systems 24th August 2014

We are sorry to have to report that on the 24th August there was a significant security event on our UK based shared hosting systems. As at the time of writing I have already personally spent over 20 hours straight … Continue reading

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Office Closed 26th July to 3rd August 2014

Notice: Office Closed 26th July to 3rd August Please be aware we will be closed 26th July 2014 to 3rd August 2014. As such, please do not plan any major changes during this week, or changes that require technical input … Continue reading

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Telephone Contact Numbers Update

As from today we only have two telephone numbers: +44 (0)1773 747722 Office +44 (0)7931 381818 Out of hours emergency only support Please see our contact page for further information regarding use of these two telephone numbers. If you have … Continue reading

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OpenSSL ‘Heartbleed’ Vulnerability (CVE-2014-0160)

There has been a lot of coverage concerning the following vulnerability: https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts/TA14-098A We are pleased to be able to report that none of our systems are affected because we are currently running OpenSSL version 0.9.8 across the board. During the … Continue reading

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Sucuri Blog – Unmasking “Free” Premium WordPress Plugins

Sucuri (a web monitoring and malware clean up service) have posted an excellent article about WordPress plugins and their security implications: http://blog.sucuri.net/2014/03/unmasking-free-premium-wordpress-plugins.html If you don’t realise the security threat to your website, other sites in your FTP area and potentially … Continue reading

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Nominet’s Knowthenet launches The Social Age campaign

Nominet’s Internet advice site, knowthenet.org.uk has launched a campaign aimed at supporting parents so they can keep up with their kids and help them stay safe online. Knowthenet’s ‘The Social Age’ survey of parents and 8-16 year olds found that … Continue reading

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Google Discontinuing Classic Google Apps for Business Admin Console

Google have informed us that they are discontinuing the classic Admin console on 3rd February 2014. On that date, administrators who previously opted to use the classic Admin console will automatically be switched to the new Admin console, and the … Continue reading

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Whois Privacy and Domain Pricing Changes Effective 2nd January 2013

On the 2nd January 2014, Tucows, the registrar we use to register top level domains (.com .net .org and many others) introduced a completely new pricing structure and also started charging for their whois privacy service; prior to this date … Continue reading

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New ICANN Registrant Data Validation Process Now Live

New regulations and procedures as per ICANN’s 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement are now live. The following information affects all gTLD domains (i.e. .com .org .net etc). Please also refer to the following page for further links and information: Tucows Terms … Continue reading

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WordPress wp-login Attacks

Please click here if you wish to skip the document updates section and jump to the start of the article. Updates: News article first published: 23 May 2013 19:02 26 June 2013: Server automated defences improved with a system that … Continue reading

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.dk (Denmark) registry domain renewal process change effective 8th October 2013

On Tuesday 8th October 2013, the .dk domain registry changed the way .dk names are registered and managed. It is no longer possible for us to explicitly renew .dk domains. Instead we have to set them to “auto renew” or … Continue reading

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WordPress 3.6.1 Security Update

WordPress 3.6.1 has been released. This is a critical security update that resolves several security vulnerabilities, including one that could result in remote code execution on your site. If your website is running WordPress, in order to help keep your … Continue reading

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Registry cost increases for .biz and .info effective 1st September 2013

The following Generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) registry cost increases are effective from 1st September 2013: Afilias, the registry operator for the .info domain extension has announced a price increase of $0.74/year Neustar, the registry operator for the .biz domain … Continue reading

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Planned Maintenance at UK Data Centre 5th September 2013

The UK data centre we use have informed us of planned maintenance occurring overnight starting at 10pm on 5th September 2013. If you are an existing customer, please review the information below and if you have any questions, please do … Continue reading

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Planned Maintenance at UK Data Centre 30th August & 3rd September 2013

The UK data centre we use have informed us of planned maintenance events occurring 30th August 2013 and 3rd September 2013. No loss of service is expected during the planned maintenance windows. If you are an existing customer, please review … Continue reading

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