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This guide walks you through setting up and configuring an SSH key in the Hostwinds Cloud Control Panel, assuming you don't already have one setup. If you are unfamiliar with locating your Cloud Control Panel, please let us know via Live Chat, and we could help. Creating an...

The use of VPNs, or Virtual Private Networks, has exploded in popularity within recent years, but you might ask why you would want to have one. The answer varies a lot based on what you use your computer for and what you want to do with it. The most common answers are below....

This guide is intended for Hostwinds clients whose service is older than 30 days and have found that their IP has been blacklisted. Reasons If you find yourself on an email blacklist, there could be several reasons: The previous owner of your service's IP you're using had...

Domain registration is the process of registering a domain name for a period of time so you own it and can use it for your site. You decide on the name of a domain you'd like, check to see if it's available through a domain registrar and if so, register it. Normally the...

Anyone that owns a website is a current or former Hostwinds client or otherwise has perhaps heard of an IP address. Most of the time, it's a sequence of four numbers, separated by periods. If you've set up DNS, the chances are that you've had to find your IP address. This...

You might have heard a lot about VPNs lately. They're a popular tech topic to bring up, and your job or business might use them. But you might not know what, exactly they are, or why they're useful. The premise, and the reason for a VPN, are quite simple and straightforward....

Generally speaking, a blacklist is any list of domains, IP addresses, or computers that communication is not allowed. Many kinds of blacklists are used in computing, and this guide is about blacklists from third parties that are maintained to prevent spam, bulk, and...

What Are the Benefits of SSH Key-Based Authentication? SSH (Secure Shell) is an open-source--and most trusted--network protocol used for logging into servers remotely. This allows the execution of commands and programs through the server itself. SSH may also transfer files...

Password resets can be confusing, and there are many usernames and passwords to manage. This guide will assist you with resetting various passwords for several different Hostwinds services. We will cover the following: Email Accounts Hostwinds Client Area Cloud VPS Servers...

When you lose your password, you have a couple of options to find or restore it to gain access and full functionality back to your server. The two options we offer are laid out below. Lost Password, But Still Functions This is where you have an active password that works but...

If you have ordered a new Hostwinds service and are receiving bounce-back messages about being on a blacklist and your service is within the first 30 days, please open a ticket to our Technical Support with the details below. This guide is intended for Hostwinds clients who...

The modern business uses email as their primary methods of communication. It's quick, simple, and lets you provide detailed information that can be reviewed at any time by either party. However, many business (and even personal) emails can get classified as spam by your...

Domain ID Protection is a service that "masks" the contact details of the domain registrant/owner from services that provide publicly available WHOIS information. We highly suggest adding this service when registering your domain name with Hostwinds to protect your personal...

What is CSF? CSF stands for ConfigServer Security & Firewall. CSF is a Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) firewall. It is used primarily used to limit types of connections and public access. This guide goes over how to check if CSF is running and how to disable it on CentOS 7....

Hotlink Protection is a security measure that you can enable in your cPanel to prevent external sources (i.e., other websites) from fetching and loading certain filetypes that you want to be protected for use only on your site. This can be a good way to help prevent other...

It is highly recommended to change your passwords every few months to keep your account secure. This may increase the chances of having forgotten your password. While this can cause some worry, it is actually a simple and straightforward process to reset the password, as...