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The Holiday Winter Season 2018/2019

As you all undoubtedly know the holiday seasons has kicked off, as usual with a large amount of hackers and script kiddies trying to gain access to websites for their malicious intent. Oh the joys of our Holiday Season which starts for us as early as October and will extend usually till half of January just to start up again around Easter. And of course also the good things happen around these times, sales usually raises and the amount of accounts needing upgrades usually too. 

Because of the busy times for our support engineers and sales department we will CLOSE the SALES department from 24th of December 2018 till 7th of January 2019
our SUPPORT departmnet will be only available for urgent/high priority tickets.

If we are around we may answer other support tickets and sales inqueries, but please understand that you may not receive a reply till the 7th of January. 

So in short:
24-12-2018 till 7-01-2019 our Sales department is closed.
24-12-2018 till 7-01-2019 our Support department will only handle emergency tickets.

WP Page Builder

Want to build a WordPress site, but simple using a template and filling it up with your content is not what you want, you can use a pagebuilder instead, i.e. WP Page Builder, it not only makes it easy to create your wordpress websites, in combination with our optimized wordpress hosting packages that it will even be lighting fast.

WP Page Builder is a free drag and drop WordPress page builder to create websites easily. Whether you’re an experienced developer or just a beginner, you can build stunning websites independently with this tool. Create beautiful web pages effortlessly using the intuitive live page composer without coding in minutes. No design experience needed.

WP Page Builder is a free and completely front-end based tool with plenty of design options.

Download the WP Page Builder plugin here: https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-pagebuilder/

PHP EOL Information

Some important information about upcoming changes in the support of PHP by the PHP developers; we like to inform you beforehand on what changes you may make now to make sure your site keeps working properly and secure after December 2018

Version PHP 5.6.x as well as PHP 7.0.x will both be EOL (End of Life) as from December 2018 as from that time no updates will be done by the PHP developers on these versions, not even security updates. So make sure you update your PHP EOL version as soon as possible.

PHP EOL List

You should upgrade to PHP 7.2.x as soon as possible, if you use the latest versions of WordPress, Joomla or Drupal you should be able to upgrade without issues, if you use any other scripts you should check with your developer(s) if they are ready for PHP 7.2.x

Note that PHP 7.2.x is also much faster as i.e. PHP 5.6 so also from having your scripts run as fast as possible its a good thing to use the latest version.

But what if you really can’t change the PHP version, do not worry immediately, here at 040Hosting we also provide Hardened PHP, Hardened PHP is a component that ensures your web server security by patching all PHP versions against known vulnerabilities, allowing you to run any version of PHP without having to update programs to accommodate newer versions. Which is part of the protective shields we implemented through Imunify360. We would still advise to look for upgrading as soon as possible as this will not be for ever but rather as a temporary workaround, besides you would want your scripts run as fast as possible.

You can change your PHP version in cPanel, go to cPanel -> Software -> Select PHP version -> PHP 7.2

also to use older versions of PHP we advise to use the Select PHP Version button under software and choose the older version from there; these are the Hardened PHP versions as part of Cloudlinux/Imunify360
you can also choose versions through the MultiPHP Manager but these versions are provided by cPanel and NOT the Hardened secured versions.

If you have trouble or need assistance please contact our support department and we are glad to assist you with updating your PHP version.

 

CloudLinux acquired Revisium

On August 20th, CloudLinux acquired Revisium, a company which is specializing in automated website malware cleanup. Revisium has 7 years of experience in malware cleanup automation. CloudLinux is committed to continue growing and promoting the Revisium brand and its products.

In the next version of Imunify360, releasing within the next few days, the Revisium malware scanner will be the main website malware scanning engine. This will improve detection rates even further and dramatically improve the speed of the scan, especially for servers with many websites, a typical feature of shared hosting servers. In combination with recently-released Imunify360 Proactive Defense, that stops new zero-day malware, it will provide an unprecedented defense against known and unknown attacks, making it the ultimate security solution available.

In the near future, Imunify360 will incorporate Revisium’s automated malware cleanup technology, letting service providers and website owners self-clean infections with one click. The technology will be part of Imunify360 at no extra cost.

By the end of 2018, Revisium’s domain reputation check and blacklist monitoring technology will be integrated into Imunify360. Revisium’s unique technology checks websites against 60 different blacklists, telling website owners to know if their sites’ reputations are in doubt.

Read the full article here.

 

Proactive Defense on all shared packages

Proactive Defense™ stops even the malware that scanners are unable to detect!

Software vulnerabilities are constantly being exploited and monetized. In fact, the number of new Linux malware programs increases threefold each year. Malware scanners focus on scanning and identifying infected files already on your system, but how do you protect against new security threats? The solution is Proactive Defense, an unprecedented defense against known and unknown attacks.

Proactive Defense protects websites running PHP, the most common programming language, against zero-day attacks. It identifies attacks on your Linux web servers in real time, then blocks potentially malicious executions automatically and with zero latency. Proactive Defense uses a unique method of identifying security risks – it analyzes what scripts do rather than what is actually in the code or file.

Proactive Defense

Unlike malware scanners that consistently scan and rescan files while negatively impacting I/O, Proactive Defense has only a minimal performance impact. With zero I/O impact and less than 3.5% overhead, your site will still load blazing fast and you do not need to choose between speed and security.

Imunify360 now protects against both known and unknown vulnerabilities, giving you complete, automated security to combat viruses, adware, spyware, Trojans, and worms. The combination of Proactive Defense, Malware Scanning, and WAF ensures that all incoming and existing data and traffic gets scanned for malware and blocked once detected. Installed in just minutes, it starts defending servers instantly.

Want to learn more about Imunify360 check out our page here https://www.040hosting.eu/imunify360/ or check out the vendors page here.

cPanel 72 (version: Current)

Note that this blog post is about the cPanel 72 Current version, our client servers will run the RELEASE version. So this article contains features which are NOT yet available in your cPanel/WHM but will soon be added when the the version goes from Current to Release. Usually if no big show stoppers are found this happens within the same month.

Please note that not all features and updates will be noticeable to you as end-user, for the more technical users and server owners. Some features may not be provided to end-users.

What to expect in cPanel v72

Read the full change document here.

 

PHP Updates for non CloudLinux systems by cPanel

Removal of PHP 5.4 and PHP 5.5 in EasyApache Profiles

The week of June 18th cPanel will be removing PHP version 5.4 and 5.5 from all cPanel-provided EasyApache 4 profiles. To help users understand what to do, and how to react when that change occurs, cPanel did put together a quick list of questions that they think will frequently be asked. Read the article from cPanel here: https://blog.cpanel.com/removal-of-php-5-4-and-php-5-5-in-easyapache-profiles/

Note for our Shared Hosting, Reseller Hosting and Elastic Site Hosting customers: 

We utilize CloudLinux on all our servers which uses their own PHP system, our servers will remain to offer PHP 5.4 and PHP 5.5 through CloudLinux as long they keep supporting these versions.

Note for our Managed Dedicated Hosting Customers:

If you use Cloudlinux, your servers will remain to offer PHP 5.4 and PHP 5.5 through CloudLinux as long they keep supporting these versions.

If you use CentOS, your server will stop supporting the above mentioned versions as described in cPanels article. If you need PHP 5.4 of PHP 5.5 in your environment you may contact our sales department so we can see if an upgrade of your server to CloudLinux is possible for you.

Privacy Policy and DPA for GDPR

Mailboxes are like live streams these days with day after day news about some company which updated their Privacy Policy informing you about GDPR.

Of course 040Hosting did work hard to get GDPR compliant and part of the efforts is our new privacy policy (introduced on 1st of April 2018) and our DPA (Data Processing Agreement) for our clients introduced mid-May 2018

If you are a client or visitor to our website(s) please check our privacy policy at https://www.040hosting.eu/privacy-policy/
For obtaining your DPA (Data Processing Agreement); please login to our Portal at https://www.040support.nl go to Support -> Downloads -> GDPR

 

cPanel will deprecate support for SquirrelMail

As of cPanel & WHM version 74, cPanel will begin to deprecate their support of SquirrelMail, one of the bundled webmail applications in cPanel. cPanel expects to stop shipping SquirrelMail for new installations of cPanel & WHM in version 76 and will remove support of it with version 78. As this change will disrupt many users, cPanel is taking this opportunity to explain the reasons behind their decision in the below URL. cPanel also is opening a dialogue with you, their community, about their next steps.

https://blog.cpanel.com/the-death-of-squirrelmail/

Please note that we are now about to switch to cPanel version 70 in the stable tree (which will be introduced around Q2 2018 to the stable repository), it is however important that users which are currently using squirrelmail will need to start looking at an alternative.

cPanel keeps supporting Horde and Roundcube for now. We as 040Hosting will no longer support squirrelmail at the moment cPanel stops supporting it as well.

Cloudflare March Madness :)

Cloudflare did grow a LOT this month, as there are two many locations added to create a blog post we will gather them all in this article.

Cloudflare started out in March with:

Istanbul (not Constantinople): Cloudflare’s 124th Data Center

This is Cloudflare’s 124th data center globally (and 62nd country), and it is throwing a curve-ball in their data center by continent tracking. Istanbul is one of the only cities in the world to span two continents: Europe and Asia. Technically, we’ll specify this is our 34th data center in Europe. In the coming weeks, Cloudflare will  continue to attract more traffic to this deployment as more networks interconnect with them locally.

Reykjavík, Cloudflare’s northernmost location

The geology and climate creates unique conditions for running compute power. With an abundance of green electricity and natural cooling, many companies are placing high power machines in Iceland to run power intensive, heat generating operations. Reykjavík is Cloudflare’s 125th location globally.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Cloudflare Data Center #126

Cloudflare’s 126th data center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (only hours after launching in Reykjavík!). This joins Cloudflare’s existing Middle East facilities to provide even stronger coverage and resilience for over 7 million Internet properties across the region.

Cloudflare’s 127th data center is now live in Macau

helping make over 7 million Internet facing applications safer and faster. This is Cloudflare’s 44th data center in Asia.

Cloudflare 將在澳門啟用全球第127個數據中心, 幫助超過 7,000,000 客戶的互聯網資產運行得更快、更安全。

Baghdad, Iraq: Cloudflare’s 128th Data Center

Cloudflare’s newest data center is located in Baghdad, Iraq, in the region often known as the cradle of civilization. This expands Cloudflare’s growing Middle East presence, while serving as their 45th data center in Asia, and 128th data center globally.

Even while accelerating over 7 million Internet properties, this deployment helps Cloudflare’s effort to be closer to every Internet user. Previous, ISPs such as Earthlink were served from the Frankfurt data center. Nearly 40 million people live in Iraq.

Multiple Datacenter’s in the USA #129 to #133

Today, Cloudflare did expand their network in the United States even further by adding five new locations: Houston (Texas), Indianapolis (Indiana), Montgomery (Alabama), Pittsburgh(Pennsylvania) and Sacramento (California) as Cloudflare’s 129th, 130th, 131st, 132nd and 133rd data centers respectively. They represent states that collectively span nearly 100 million people. In North America alone, the Cloudflare network now spans 37 cities, including thirty in the US.

Mexico City, Mexico: Cloudflare Data Center #134

This data center marks our entrance into the Aztec Nation. Prior to this, traffic to Mexico was served from some of Cloudflare’s other datacenters (Primarily Mcallen, TX, Dallas, TX and Los Angeles, CA).

Tel Aviv, Israel: Cloudflare’s 135th Data Center

The 135th data center is now live in Tel Aviv, Israel! This expands Cloudflare’s global network even further to span 135 cities across 68 countries.

Cloudflare Global Network Spans 137 Cities: Launching Durban and Port Louis Data Centers

Cloudflare’s newest data centers in Durban (South Africa) and Port Louis (Mauritius) expand the Cloudflare network to 137 cities globally. Cloudflare is delighted to reach this special milestone, and even more excited to help improve the performance and security of over 7 million Internet properties (and growing!) across 69 countries.

Cebu City, Philippines: Cloudflare’s 138th Data Center

Cebu City, the second most populous metro area, but oldest city in the Philippines is the home of Cloudflare’s newest Data Center.

Located centrally in the Philippines, Cebu has had a long standing tradition of trade and business activity, the word itself “Cebu” meaning trade. It’s central location brings excellent coverage to central and southern Philippines, while Cloudflare’s existing location in Manila, serving the Manila Metro and northern Philippines.

Edinburgh: 139th Cloudflare city

Cloudflare’s newest data center in Edinburgh expands the current total to 139 cities globally with a Cloudflare deployment. It also brings Cloudflare’s UK total to 3 cities, after London and Manchester.

Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius: Launching three new European Cloudflare data centers

Cloudflare announces the turn up of their newest data centers located in Riga (Latvia), Tallinn (Estonia) and Vilnius (Lithuania). They represent the 140th, 141st and 142nd cities across Cloudflare’s growing global network, and their 37th, 38th, 39th cities in Europe. Cloudflare is very excited to help improve the security and performance of over 7 million Internet properties across 72 countries including the Baltic states.

Cloudflare Arrives in the Canadian Prairies! Welcome Calgary, Saskatoon and Winnipeg

Cloudflare just turned up Calgary, Saskatoon and Winnipeg – Cloudflare’s 143rd, 144th, and 145th data centers. This brings their Canadian presence to six cities, joining Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.

Three more US data centers! Jacksonville, Memphis and Tallahassee

Good things come in threes! Following the launch of three data centers each in the Baltics (Riga, Tallinn, Vilnius) and in the Canadian Prairies (Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg), Cloudflareis thrilled to announce three new data centers in the Southern United States!

Located in Jacksonville (Florida), Memphis (Tennessee), and Tallahassee (Florida), they represent the 146th, 147th and 148th cities across Cloudflare’s growing global network, and our 40th, 41st and 42nd cities just in North America. They join existing Cloudflare facilities in the US, including other Florida / Tennessee deployments such as Miami, Tampa and Nashville.

2,600 meters closer to the stars: Cloudflare Data Center #149 in Bogotá, Colombia

At 2625 meters (8612 feet) above sea level, Bogotá (Colombia) is one of the four highest capital cities in the world. Now, it is also home to Cloudflare’s 149th data center.

This is the 29th city to be added just in March, and joins Cloudflare’s existing Colombia datacenter in Medellín, launched four years ago.

Welcome, Luxembourg City and Chișinău! Cloudflare Global Network Spans 151 Cities

Hot off the presses! Cloudflare just completed provisioning our Luxembourg City and Chișinău data centers, expanding Cloudflare’s Europe network to 41 cities, and their global network to 151 cities across 74 countries. In the coming days, they will ramp up traffic from across millions of websites using Cloudflare, and get routes optimized across all networks. Cloudflare is a participant at the Chișinău Internet Exchange (KIVIX), Luxembourg Commercial Internet eXchange (LU-CIX), and Moldova Internet Exchange (MD-IX), amongst ~180 other interconnection points.

So wow, that is a long list of data centers being added this March alone ! with last but not least Moldova and Luxembourg.