040Hosting News

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

CloudFlare’s 25th data center turns up in Spain, Europe

With Madrid (Spain)  now live on Cloudflare, internet traffic previously routed through Paris and London will stay much closer to Plaza Mayor. For those counting, Madrid brings us to 9 data centers in Europe including (in order of launch) AmsterdamParisFrankfurtLondonViennaPrague,Stockholm and Warsaw.

Read the full article at the Cloudflare Blog here: http://blog.cloudflare.com/madrid-spain-cloudflares-25th-data

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Rio Festival Time is here

In a few weeks the Soccer World Cup is going to start and as every time we will have some great promotions during this time.

We created a special page with coupons during the games, the coupons are only available for a limited time; i.e. on the day of a game or sometimes for a longer period of time. Also some very special promotions will only be available if a certain team wins.  Curious to which offer might be for you ? head to the RiO Festival page and see which promotions are upcoming as many more will be introduced during the games itself.

Curious? take a look at our Rio Festival coupon page


Joomla and WordPress Brute Force attacks

If you are using Joomla or WordPress  there is a high chance your site will be under attack now or in the near feature by a so called Brute Force Attacks.
The attacker tries to gain access to your application by guessing the password; often because users have the default username or simple passwords.

But such an attack has also an impact on the system resources, when an attack comes from an other infected server and multiple of these infectes sites are going to target your site together it actually works a bit like a ddos ; because all resources of your account get used and your account will be slowed down, with very large attacks it might even affect server performance in general.

While we take many precautions against such an attack the best way to counter such an attack is to install a script which stops IP after (some) failed login.
As well for WordPress and Joomla there are such a scripts. If you do not use WordPress or Joomla please check with your software developer if a login limit exists or can be implemented.

WordPress – We have seen good results with the following plugins:

Bruteprotect: https://wordpress.org/plugins/bruteprotect/
Wordfence: https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordfence/

Joomla – While no direct experience the following plugin should help:

Brute Force Stop: http://extensions.joomla.org/extensions/access-a-security/site-security/login-protection/22982
an other plugin one of our customers recommend is: https://www.akeebabackup.com/products/admin-tools.html

It is possible in some cases to protect the /wp-admin/ (wordpress) or /administrator/ (joomla) directory with a .htaccess authentication script; as .htaccess functions on a server level our WAF (Web Application Firewall) will work as a login limitter as block IPs which fail.