040Hosting News

HTTPS as a ranking signal for Google

So you are making your site to rank as high as possible in google ? please be aware of the latest HTTPS ranking change; for now it will only affect your ranking a bit, but it will become more important over time so get ready for the next big step in google’s ranking system.

From google’s webmaster central blog

Security is a top priority for Google. We invest a lot in making sure that our services use industry-leading security, like strong HTTPS encryption by default. That means that people using Search, Gmail and Google Drive, for example, automatically have a secure connection to Google.

Beyond our own stuff, we’re also working to make the Internet safer more broadly. A big part of that is making sure that websites people access from Google are secure. For instance, we have created resources to help webmasters prevent and fix security breaches on their sites.

We want to go even further. At Google I/O a few months ago, we called for “HTTPS everywhere” on the web.

We’ve also seen more and more webmasters adopting HTTPS (also known as HTTP over TLS, or Transport Layer Security), on their website, which is encouraging.

For these reasons, over the past few months we’ve been running tests taking into account whether sites use secure, encrypted connections as a signal in our search ranking algorithms. We’ve seen positive results, so we’re starting to use HTTPS as a ranking signal. For now it’s only a very lightweight signal — affecting fewer than 1% of global queries, and carrying less weight than other signals such as high-quality content — while we give webmasters time to switch to HTTPS. But over time, we may decide to strengthen it, because we’d like to encourage all website owners to switch from HTTP to HTTPS to keep everyone safe on the web.

Read their full article on Google’s Webmaster Central Blog

Prepare for the future, get your SSL certificate today

1 billion passwords exposed ?

Today in the news:

Russian hackers steal more than 1 billion passwords.

That is a lot of passwords; from this 500 million appear from e-mail accounts. At the moment of writing we do not know which companies where affected but from reports it is clear that Large and Small websites have been infected. We have no way to verify if your site is infected at the moment nor do we have any more information as currently is provided by the media. But one thing is clear; users should change their Passwords. This is an official recommendation of several national cyber security centers around the world.

Do you need to change your password ? 

If you follow good security practices you should always;

  •  change your password regularly, so now would be a good time.
  •  have non-dictionary words as a password
  •  include special characters in your password
  •  not use the same password for multiple accounts on different sites, if one gets hacked the others at least have a different password.

And where possible use a 2factor authentication system to render the passwords useless without the 2factor code from i.e. your phone. (note that for security reasons its still a very good practice to change your passwords, even when using 2factor authentication).

We will update this article if more information becomes available to us.


Cloudflare added a new location: Colombia

With the World Cup at an end, so too is our latest round of data center expansion. Following deployments in MadridMilan and São Paulo, we are thrilled to announce our 28th data center in Medellin, Colombia. Most of Colombia’s 22 million Internet users are now mere milliseconds away from a CloudFlare data center.

Read the full article here: http://blog.cloudflare.com/listo-medellin-colombia-cloudflares-28th-data-center

Cloudflare’s Australian Peering is expanding

In the coming weeks, connectivity to CloudFlare in Australia is going to a new level. As part of CloudFlare’s ongoing upgrades program, we established connections to three new Internet exchanges: the Megaport Internet exchanges in Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne. These connections doubled the number of Australian Internet exchanges we reach and marked the first exchanges outside of Sydney that Cloudflare participates in.

Want to know more about peering and the new setup of Cloudflare read their article on their blog.

New and more attacks by random systems clients need anti virus

040Hosting is monitoring their network 24×7 and we act where needed to counter attacks, sometimes we see things which are different, this morning we saw a larger attack on one of our wordpress clients, this time it was not a bruteforce attack by 1 IP only but as we saw in December 2013 an attack from single systems likely being infected by malware. Obviously it is harder to stop many single systems as only 1 IP, but we found a way to recognize the stream and block it in our own global block list.

But what can you do as client or as visitor of such website ?

Well first of all, if you are the owner of a website, make sure you have installed all plugins needed to keep your site safe; for wordpress we highly recommend to use the bruteprotect plugin. For more details see our blog post earlier this year.

As a visitor you should make sure your system has no malware and is protected with a anti virus application, we recommend to use a good virus-scanner and keep it up to date.

We recommend BitDefender as it is one of the fastest but also uses less resources of your system, keeping your system secure while still having your performance.

Bitdefender Total Security 2013 builds on #1 ranked antivirus technology to secure online transactions, protect mobile devices from loss/theft, automatically back up files, and tune-up PCs.

Cloudflare opens new datacenter in Brazil

Today CloudFlare opens its 27th datacenter, this time in the south Americas ; in Brazil.

This additional datacenter will increase the performance of the 2 million+ sites using CloudFlare for Brasil’s 100 million Internet users. This launch also means that the millions of web sites and mobile apps hosted in Brazil can now use CloudFlare to increase the performance and security of their online presence both in Brazil and around the world.

Read the full article here: http://blog.cloudflare.com/parabens-brasil-cloudflares-27th-data-center-now-live

040Hosting is a Optimzed CloudFlare Partner.

Secure VPN connections while on holidays

040Hosting’s Secure VPN Service is committed to protecting your privacy across all your devices. It doesn’t matter if you are using devices running Windows, Mac OS, Android, iOS, Linux, DD-WRT or some other OS, 040VPN continues to maintain your internet freedom, privacy, security and anonymity from more as 45 different countries with more as 300+ servers.

As the holiday season almost is started it might be a good time to beef up your security when you are on the road; by using VPN access on public wifi locations you will encrypt your datastream so nobody can listen in.

Get your Secure VPN connection now, and enjoy it during your holidays

New TLD’s and price change for .be domains

As you may have read there have come a lot of new TLD’s available for domain registrations; the following TLD’s can now be registered (please note that not all of them are already in our system but they will be added soon, if you need a TLD not in our system yet just send us a sales ticket and we get it sorted for you.

Academy, actor, agency, associates, bargains, bayern, berlin, bid, bike, blackfriday, boutique, builders, cab, camera, camp, capital, cards, care, careers, cash, catering, center, cheap, christmas, claims, cleaning, clinic, clothing, club, codes, coffee, community, company, computer, condos, construction, consulting, contractors, cool, credit, creditcard, cruises, dance, dating, democrat, dental, diamonds, directory, discount, domains, education, email, engineering, enterprises, equipment, estate, events, exchange, expert, exposed, fail, farm, financial, fish, fitness, flights, florist, foundation, fund, furniture, futbol, gallery, gift, glass, graphics, gratis, gripe, guitars, guru, haus, holdings, holiday, house, immobilien, industries, institute, international, investments, jetzt, kaufen, kitchen, land, lease, lighting, limited, limo, link, maison, management, marketing, media, moda, ninja, nyc, partners, parts, photo, photography, photos, pics, pictures, plumbing, productions, properties, pub, recipes, reise, reisen, rentals, repair, report, reviews, rocks, ruhr, schule, services, sexy, shoes, singles, social, solar, solutions, supplies, supply, support, surgery, systems, tattoo, tax, technology, tienda, tips, today, tools, town, toys, trade, training, university, uno, vacations, ventures, versicherung, viajes, villas, vision, voyage, watch, webcam, wiki, works, wtf, xyz, zone.

Unfortunately also some bad news, for the .BE domain owners, it changes its operation to business standard and therefor a price hike on the TLD is inevitable, all .BE domains will be automatically charged with the new costs when this is available to us at their next registration period.

Holiday Season – Limited Sales Support

The Summer holidays have started and as every year this means our Sales and Administration department will be limited available.

Please note that sales and administration will be closed from 12th of July 2014 till 31st of July 2014 ; during this period our sales team may answer your inquiries when possible but answers may take longer as you are used to.

Our Technical support team is available 24×7 as usual through our ticket system.


Cloudflare datacenter opened in Milano, Italy

Cloudflare opened after Madrid, Spain a new location in Milano, Italy

This is great news for our South European and especially our customers hosting in Italy,  their Cloudflare websites will even load faster as ever before !

The complete article on the launch can be found at the Cloudflare blog here: http://blog.cloudflare.com/buongiorno-milano-cloudflares-26th-data-center-now-live