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November
20
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Hostwinds Now Accepts Bitcoin and 14 Other Major Cryptocurrencies

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  We’re excited to announce that Hostwinds is now among the growing number hosting companies that accept bitcoin payments. We want to give you the opportunity to use the payment method that you’re comfortable with and prefer. Many clients have asked about paying with cryptocoins and we can understand why… Bitcoin payments are normally confirmed very fast, so you aren’t waiting around for some other payment method to clear. The transaction fees are generally very low (take that credit card companies!). And if you’re outside of the U.S. there’s no need to worry about currency conversion or any of that mess. And guess what? You can pay for your hosting in not only bitcoin, but you can also use 15…

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June
08
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Alternatives to TOR for Anonymous Browsing

Alternatives to TOR for anonymous, private browsing

    For data collectors, analyzing network traffic can prove to be extremely valuable. Your browsing history and behavior is then basically up for sale to advertisers, marketers and those with ulterior motives. Even if your exact identity isn’t given (just information about browsing behavior), it’s still likely possible to use that dataset to identify you. Unfortunately, it’s very difficult and maybe even impossible to completely hide 100% of the time. But if you’re proactive, you can dramatically decrease what you leave on the table for others to find. Where should you start? One of the easiest things you can do is be mindful about the browser you use to access the internet. And this article will help you do…

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April
20
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Hostwinds Newsletter Signup

  We are launching a new source packed with information for you, The Hostwinds Newsletter.  Stay up to date on all things company and industry related when we send you a short, 3 article, curated news feed of information once each month. Top and trending industry news What new innovations are happening at Hostwinds Monthly promotion codes and giveaways To signup click the image link above or fill out the information below and stay current. Enter details   * indicates required Email Address * First Name * Last Name * Product Type (Check all that apply) Shared       Business       Reseller       White Label       Budget Linux Windows       SSD Windows       SSD Linux  …

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April
15
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The FCC, You and Your ISP: Protect Your Browsing History

  You probably know by now that the Federal Communications Commision’s guidelines to protect your internet usage history will no longer be. The regulations, put into action during the Obama administration, would have taken effect this coming December. But it was voted down, and now your ISP will have the right to sell data it knows about you to anyone, unless other restrictions get put into place. There was little hope that maybe President Trump would surprise everyone and not sign the bill, but that fell flat on April 3rd. Now more than ever that your privacy is up for grabs how do you protect it? Hostwinds can protect your information from your ISP with our VPN. This allows you…

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March
18
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Tech Tools: Increase Productivity with Ghost Browser

  Whether you’re a social media manager, a developer who’s constantly having to log in and out of WordPress as different users or just need to be logged into the same site as different people….Ghost Browser might be just what you need. Today we’ll take a quick look at this new Ghost Browser, a browser that lets you do all this with no hassle. Sure, there’s Chrome’s People Manager, but you still end up with multiple windows scattered around. Ghost Browser is lightning fast and well… you never know if something’s better until you try it, right?     Ghost Browser is a new browser, developed by Loving Cup Productions. They call it “The Productivity Browser for Tech Pros” and…

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March
01
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Cloudflare Leak Security Breach: Change Your Passwords Now

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  A tiny bug in Cloudflare’s code allowed sensitive data to be leaked and cached by search engines. The data included passwords, cookies, API keys, personal messages, IP addresses and more. This Cloudflare leak is being called Cloudbleed and it’s a single character in the code that’s ultimately to blame. Google’s Tavis Ormandy, working with the Project Zero security team, discovered the vulnerability and notified Cloudflare. Cloudflare was extremely quick to react.  A fix for the leak was in place within the hour and completely patched 7 hours later. And Google went to work clearing private information that had been cached. However, the data leaks started in September of last year, so the amount of information leaked and whether the bug…

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February
08
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Why and How You Should Consider Using Retargeting

How many first-time visitors to your site convert into actual customers or clients? Sadly, it’s probably not many. But at least they visited. They were interested in what you offer. Use that to your advantage (and theirs) with retargeting.   What is Retargeting? Retargeting means you basically follow them across the internet and display ads as a reminder for what they were looking at on your site. And a good majority of them will appreciate it (or at least not be put off by it). Maybe they were researching, but not quite ready to buy. They may have visited a lot of sites that offer the same or similar things you do. The last thing you want is for them…

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January
20
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Can You Help Me Create a Backup for My Site?

Creating and maintaining a site today is much easier than it was in the past. But there’s still plenty that can go wrong. And we aren’t just talking about security breaches, which are unfortunately becoming all too common. A simple update to the platform your site is built on or the theme/design it uses could cause unforeseen problems. Or an employee could accidentally delete an important file. We understand that and hopefully you do too. There are just too many scenarios where trouble could strike if you don’t have a plan in place.   Multiple backups One of the main things that your hosting plan should include is the ability to make backups of your site. Yes, plural. Backups. They aren’t…

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December
30
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The Trick to Making your New Years Resolution Stick!

Gone are the days of waiting in the rain to hail a cab or worrying about getting my shirt pressed and starched before tomorrow’s meeting. Instant gratification is the new normal.  On Demand services formerly reserved for the ultra rich and high level executives have now been democratized and available to everyone.  How can you use these services to improve 2017 and maintain your New Year’s Resolutions? We have compiled a list of the most popular resolutions and paired it with an on demand service that can help you realize that goal; New Year’s Resolutions in Order of Popularity; # RESOLUTION SERVICE 1 Lose weight Endomondo, Jefit 2 Get organized Homepolish, Rinse 3 Spend less money and save more Handy…

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December
23
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A Brief History of the Web

The world wide web penetrates every facet of our lives today, from how we connect with friends and family to deciding on what and where to purchase that new 80” TV from. According to WorldWideWebSize.com the Indexed Web contains at least 4.76 billion pages (Thursday, 01 December, 2016). But, the web wasn’t always so robust, before it become the billion page behemoth it is today the web started from humble connectivity beginnings . How did the world wide web start? The idea and implementation of the world wide web started as a way to easily present and share data across a universal platform and language amongst physicists. Tim Berners-Lee identified the issue while working as a contractor at CERN (Conseil…

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