New Year – 2015

New Year is not about changing the Dates but Direction;
It’s not about changing the Calendar but Commitment;
It’s not about changing the Actions but Attitude;
It’s not about changing the Fruit but Faith, Force and Focus!
May you Commit and Create the best New Year ever!

From your friends at 040Hosting‬ 

 

 

Changes to VAT on digital services in the European Union 2015

Changes to VAT on digital services in the European Union

The European Directive 2002/38/EC* has introduced new VAT rules involving business to consumer supplies of digital services, which will come into force on the 1st January 2015. The EU has introduced a unique online service, the VAT Mini One Stop Shop (VAT MOSS). We explain the impact of this decision.

Changes for individuals

The new rules are being introduced so that citizens of the EU will be charged the VAT rate of their country of residence and no longer the VAT rate in the jurisdiction where their digital services provider is based. This means that European individuals will be subject to the VAT of their country of residence, regardless of the country from which they purchase a digital service. A UK resident who buys an e-service from a provider based in the Netherlands will be subject to the UK VAT in force (20%), for example.

VAT rates vary from 15% in Luxembourg to 27% in Hungary. This new directive may increase or decrease these rates in some countries (see the list of VAT rates in EU countries**).

Please make sure you have your address details correct in our billing system so that the correct VAT can be calculated.

Recurring payments; important update:

This above means that if you have setup a recurring payment this recurring payment may be wrong, if your tax rate in your country is 21% there is no need ot change at this moment in time as the Tax rate on your account was before also 21%; but if your tax rate in your country is Higher or Lower you have to cancel your recurring payment with your payment provider (Either by logging into Paypal or 2Checkout to remove the recurring payment) at the next invoice you are able to setup a recurring payment again. Please note that if your country changes its tax rate you must also update your recurring payments !

If you are a customer within the EU and your country has a different tax rate as 21% please follow the following steps  for your recurring payment to stop:

To cancel your recurring payment in Paypal:

– Log in to your PayPal account.
– Click the ‘Settings’ icon at the top of the page.
– Under ‘Payment settings’, click Pre-approved payments..
– Use the filter to select the seller whose agreement you want to cancel and click Cancel.
– Click Cancel Profile to confirm your request.

To cancel your  recurring payment in 2Checkout:

– Please contact our sales department for assistance at least 5 working days prior the recurring payment.

Changes for Companies

If your company is located within Europe and you have a valid VATid added to our portal nothing will change for you. If you are located within Europe but do not have a VATid you will not be considered a company and will pay VAT as described above.

For companies or consumers outside of Europe nothing will change.


 

Please also read our earlier article here.

*http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/taxation/vat/how_vat_works/telecom/index_en.htm#new_rules
**VAT rates in EU countries http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/resources/documents/taxation/vat/how_vat_works/rates/vat_rates_en.pdf

Terms of Service Change

Please note our latest Terms of Service update:
As per today we have changed our late fee terms for due invoices as follows:

Late fee for accounts overdue for 30 days is: 5% of the due fee.
There is a minimum late fee for accounts overdue of: EUR 5,00

We changed this policy from EUR 25,00 after 30 days.
When an account is 14 days overdue we will start suspending the service.

Unsuspension will only be possible after the full due invoice (including the late fees if applicable) have been payed.

 

Dinah Washington

Version 4.1 of WordPress, named “Dinah” in honor of jazz singer Dinah Washington, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. New features in WordPress 4.1 help you focus on your writing, and the new default theme lets you show it off in style.

Real everything about this release here: https://wordpress.org/news/2014/12/dinah/

Johannesburg: CloudFlare’s 30th data center

Fire up the celebration braai, Jozi! CloudFlare is here, and it’s a big one. An important milestone (Cloudflare’s 30th data center) calls for an equally important new location: Johannesburg, South Africa, Cloudflare’s first data center in Africa.

For the local audience: Steek aan ‘n braai ter viering, Jozi! CloudFlare is hier en dis ‘n groot een. ‘n Belangrike mylpaal (30ste datasentrum), vra vir ewe belangrike en nuwe ligging: Johannesburg, Suid-Afrika, die eerste datasentrum in Afrika.

Now serving Southern Africa

Prior to now nearly all CloudFlare traffic delivered to Africa was served from Cloudflare’s London, Amsterdam and Hong Kong data centers with round trip latency of 200-350ms. Bandwidth in the region is notoriously expensive (it would make even the Australians blush) making it prohibitive to enter into the continent. That is, before now. Just a few months ago we were fortunate to enter into discussions with a number of partners in the region that share CloudFlare’s vision to help build a better Internet.

 

Our Johannesburg data center will not only make sites on CloudFlare more performant for Internet users in South Africa, but also for Internet users across all of Southern Africa (and beyond). From Botswana to Kenya, users across the region will see a significant performance improvement when visiting any site or mobile app using CloudFlare

Cloudflare keeps growing in 2015

After the additional of many Cloudflare locations in 2014, cloudflare is still not ready, check out the map below:

cloudflare-network-expansion

Lima, Peru: CloudFlare’s 29th data center

Just when you thought Cloudflare reached the end, CloudFlare’s Latin America data center expansion continues. Hot on the heels of their recent expansion into Santiago, São Paulo, and Medellin, this holiday season commences in Lima with the 29th cloudflare data center globally, and the fourth in Latin America.

Latin America is the fastest growing source of traffic to CloudFlare’s network, with nearly 10x growth in just the last twelve months. The new data center in Lima reduces the latency to access any site using CloudFlare, increases web performance for users in the region from Iquitos to Tacna, and adds another point of redundancy. It also increases the capacity and surface area of the CloudFlare network to absorb massive cyber attacks. This is of particular benefit to CloudFlare customers the Presidency of Peru and the ONPE, Peru’s National Election Office. In the lead up to the Peruvian elections this month, CloudFlare partnered with the Government of Peru to ensure that local elections go off without a hitch — no easy feat when voter turnout is expected to reach nearly 90%.

Our Cyber Monday Offer, Act now !

Cyber Monday, the Monday after black Friday

We have a very special offer for you, you can order the servers already during the weekend but we will not handle the setup till Monday as the offer is ONLY valid for Monday, to make sure we handle all time zones we allow orders from now till Tuesday for this exceptional order. If you are looking for other great servers check out our unmanaged dedicated server other offers here.040Hosting Cyber Monday offer

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Quad-Core 4×2,4Ghz
4GB DDR2 (667 MHz)
2x500GB SATAII 7.200rpm
4 IP’s maximum
100Mbit Unmetered
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This Cyber Monday offer is only valid in our Strasbourg (Europe) datacenter.

Price EUR 40,00 per month + EUR 75,00 Setup fee
or order for 6 months @ EUR 270,00 no setup fee

Prices are exclusive VAT where and when applicable. Offer valid from 28-11-2014 – 2-12-2014, setup as from 1-12-2014 onward.

 

 

 

Critical Security Update WordPress 4.01

WordPress has published a new critical security release : WordPress 4.01 see below what issue are resolved:

WordPress 4.0.1 is now available. This is a critical security release for all previous versions and we strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately.

Sites that support automatic background updates will be updated to WordPress 4.0.1 within the next few hours. If you are still on WordPress 3.9.2, 3.8.4, or 3.7.4, you will be updated to 3.9.3, 3.8.5, or 3.7.5 to keep everything secure. (We don’t support older versions, so please update to 4.0.1 for the latest and greatest.)

WordPress versions 3.9.2 and earlier are affected by a critical cross-site scripting vulnerability, which could enable anonymous users to compromise a site. This was reported by Jouko Pynnonen. This issue does not affect version 4.0, but version 4.0.1 does address these eight security issues:

  • Three cross-site scripting issues that a contributor or author could use to compromise a site. Discovered by Jon Cave, Robert Chapin, and John Blackbournof the WordPress security team.
  • A cross-site request forgery that could be used to trick a user into changing their password.
  • An issue that could lead to a denial of service when passwords are checked. Reported by Javier Nieto Arevalo and Andres Rojas Guerrero.
  • Additional protections for server-side request forgery attacks when WordPress makes HTTP requests. Reported by Ben Bidner (vortfu).
  • An extremely unlikely hash collision could allow a user’s account to be compromised, that also required that they haven’t logged in since 2008 (I wish I were kidding). Reported by David Anderson.
  • WordPress now invalidates the links in a password reset email if the user remembers their password, logs in, and changes their email address. Reported separately by Momen Bassel, Tanoy Bose, and Bojan Slavković of ManageWP.

Version 4.0.1 also fixes 23 bugs with 4.0, and we’ve made two hardening changes, including better validation of EXIF data we are extracting from uploaded photos. Reported by Chris Andrè Dale.

We appreciated the responsible disclosure of these issues directly to our security team. For more information, see the release notes or consult the list of changes.

Download WordPress 4.0.1 or venture over to Dashboard → Updates and simply click “Update Now”.

Cloudflare network keeps expanding

CloudFlare’s network continues to expand! We’re excited to announce the expantion of the cloudflare network with  6 new data centers before the end of 2014. The new data centers will be located in Johannesburg, Melbourne, Auckland, Lima, Buenos Aires and Dusseldorf. As a result, the CloudFlare network will grow to 34 data centers worldwide.

Cloudflare also just launched a new status monitoring page at cloudflarestatus.com. This is now your first port of call for any status updates (taking over from the previous Twitter handle of @cloudflaresys). The page shows status by each of cloudflare’s current 28 locations as well as historical view of activity and will of course be updated with the additional data centers when they are operational.