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August
21
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A Few Things You Didn’t Know Hostwinds Offered

We have great news for all of our current and future clients! That news is the addition of new features that enables clients to manage their accounts with much more ease. At Hostwinds, we constantly strive to be a leader in the technological advancements of the web hosting world, so we hope that our newly added features do just that. We are excited to now offer cacti graphs and the function of resetting your own dedicated server or VPS. So now let’s take a tour of how to access the features.           Step 1: Go to https://www.hostwinds.com/ and at the top right corner of the page, click “Client Login” and login using your client information. Step…

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April
28
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The Tech World Is Reaching Out To Help Nepal

As information and statistics keep flowing in regarding the recent earthquake in Nepal, many of us are wondering what we can do to help. The good news is, you can make a difference simply by using technology that you probably already do every day! Technology has created a wide array of unique ways to help out in times of disaster –  from monetary donations to donated phone/text useage and advanced drone technology. Here are some of the technology companies who are extending help to those who are in desperate need (listed alphabetically), as well as ways you can get involved. Apple Apple has made it incredibly easy for users to donate to the American Red Cross. With just one click…

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April
20
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Hostwinds Launches New Affiliate Program

Hostwinds is excited to announce the release of our new and improved Affiliate Program! Whether you are currently a Hostwinds Affiliate or are new to the concept, we promise a premium Affiliate experience with our new program. It’s a great way to put some extra cash in your wallet!   How does an affiliate program work? For those of you who are unfamiliar with how affiliate programs work, here are the basics. First, you sign up for the program. It only requires some basic information and is really easy. Then you help send sales our way. For each sale you help make you earn a commission. You don’t have to have technical knowledge to become an affiliate –  it’s that simple!…

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April
15
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The Technology Effect

Have you ever invested in technology stocks because you were confident they would perform well, despite truly understanding that technology? Do you binge eat junk food while watching Netflix because surely, by the time you are made ill by your bad eating habits there will be new technology to fix the problems your diet has caused? According to recent research from the University of Missouri, these seemingly harmless decisions could end up causing you unexpected troubles. University of Missouri researcher Chris Robert says that “Technology has advanced to the extent that people may not understand how a particular technology works, but they do assume that it will work”, meaning that this way of thinking can lead to people making important…

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April
01
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The President Vs Cybercrime

Data breaches increased by almost half since 2013. I’ll let that sink in. In 2014 alone there were over 1,500 data breaches worldwide. Major companies such as Target, Staples, Neiman Marcus, Home Depot and more were attacked and millions of customers credit card information was compromised. If you are one of the lucky folks who have never had your credit card stolen, I’m happy for you. It’s a pretty awful experience. Imagine going to your bank and finding out the employees have been draining the account in order to fund mass production of tiny hats for rabbits. First, you become royally ticked off. Then you think of all the things you need to use your money on that are infinitely…

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March
26
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The ‘Thing’ about the Internet of Things

Every morning at 6:30 my phone alarm blares “It’s a Wonderful World” while my exercise tracker valiantly attempts to vibrate me awake. I get ready for the day, help my 3 year old get ready and we head out the door. Once we’re buckled in the car, I open an application on my smartphone to set the burglar alarm on our house. Sometimes, I even change the temperature for our thermostat via the same smartphone app. Easy peasey. Gone are the days of hitting the “arm-away” button on the home alarm control panel, running frantically through the house while trying to get my toddler to understand words like “urgent”, “move it” and “GO!” before the alarm pierces the air and…

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March
20
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Hostwinds is considered a no-SPAM-tolerance network by Spamhaus!

Hostwinds works hard to provide only the best products and services. That is why we are incredibly excited that Hostwinds is considered a no-SPAM-tolerance network by Spamhaus Block List. Because Spamhaus is the cost common and trusted block list in the industry, we are proud of our good standing. In a world where 90% of incoming email traffic is SPAM, it is invigorating to see someone step up and call out spammers on their misdeeds. Spamhaus is an international not-for-profit group dedicated to protecting the Internet from SPAM. You hate SPAM, your friends hate SPAM, we all hate SPAM! Spamhaus tracks SPAM operations, works with law enforcement in order to identify and pursue SPAM and malware gangs and lobbies for anti-SPAM…

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March
16
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McConnell: “We’ve Never, Ever Not Found Chinese Malware”

Has China hacked all major businesses in the United States? Have they stolen valuable information? According to former NSA director Mike McConnell, China has been behind the majority of the security breaches at U.S. companies. McConnell was the director at the National Security Agency under President George W. Bush. While speaking at the University of Missouri McConnell stated that “The Chinese have penetrated every major corporation of any consequence in the United States and taken information.” In May 2014, an indictment accused Chinese hackers of stealing blueprints and business plans from companies such as Alcoa, U.S. Steel Corp., Westinghouse, Allegheny Technologies and others. Information extracted includes “planning information for advanced concepts, windmills, automobiles, airplanes, spaceships, manufacturing design and software.” While…

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March
09
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Hostwinds: The Web Hosting Company That Not Only Provides, But Truly Serves

The web hosting market is full of companies that are eager to get you signed up for their services. It is a daunting task to sort through all of them to decide which host would best serve your needs and fit in your budget. At Hostwinds, we are a unique alternative to your everyday web hosting company. Yes, we provide basic web hosting services, such as shared hosting, VPS hosting, Linux and Windows SSD hosting and dedicated servers, but that’s just the beginning. Hostwinds combines great products and services with outstanding customer support, making it the best choice for your web hosting needs. Hostwinds was created in order to address the flaws with typical web hosting companies. Many providers offer cheap web…

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February
26
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Most Wanted: $3M Reward Offered By FBI For Russian Hacking Suspect

Russian hacking suspect Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev is wanted by the FBI for alleged responsibility for the GameOver ZeuS botnet. The sizeable $3 million reward for his arrest and/or conviction is the largest amount ever offered by United States authorities in a cybercrime case. It is believed that Bogachev is still in Russia. GameOver ZeuS first reared its ugly head in 2011. A vital component to making GameOver ZeuS possible was the use of a type of ransomware called Cryptolocker. Cryptolocker works by installing itself onto a victim’s computer, typically via spam emails with an attachment that would be enticing for the victim to open. The attacker then has the ability to encrypt the victim’s personal files and hold them for…

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