040Hosting News

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.

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Added new payment methods

New payment methods

Mister Cash (belgium)
Banktransfer online
Bitcoin (no refunds!)
iDeal (more banks added like Knab)

Mister Cash/Bankcontact; Anyone in belgium with a smartphone or tablet connected to the internet and who has a Bancontact/Mister Cash bank card of one of the 16 participating banks can use this payment method. (more info: http://www.bancontact.com/en/faq/who-can-use-the-app )

Banktransfer online; by using our banktransfer online tool the payments are handled automatically even though the banktransfer can take several days for international SEPA transfers this method of payment is automated; no longer you need to wait for our administrative department to verify your payments manually during business hours / days.

Bitcoin; The new digital age asks for new digital payments; now you can pay with Bitcoins; please note however we can not send refunds for bitcoin payments, however valid refunds will be offered in a credit on your online account with us but can not be monitized.

iDeal; is the dutch telebanking solution; while we already supported the major banks we now offer iDeal payments from smaller or new banks as well; this list will be automatically updated over time.

This makes  040Hosting now accept the following payment methods: Paypal, Creditcards (2Checkout & paypal), Bank Transfers (SEPA), iDeal, BitCoin and Mister Cash.

Asia: Singapore webhosting lowered in pricing

Today we changed the pricing of our Asian Singapore Webhosting to the same amount as our packages cost in 6 other global locations, due to the higher cost of infrastructure we needed to start out with a little higher pricing plan but since we have grown we now can provide our Singapore hosting at the same costs. Also our existing clients on this infrastructure will pay the lower fee as from today, we do not stop there they will receive an extra discount on their packages in July 2014 to compensate for the additional payed months. That is our way to say thank you to those customers which launched the Singapore Location.

 

 

Startup Company Program

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-images-car-rental-company-image28637184We at 040Hosting believe in helping out new startup companies in the technology market segment, if you are a serious Tech startup company and need a server feel free to contact us and we are more than glad to see what is possible.

Our team at 040Hosting can give you our technical view and help you get started from the Hosting perspective of your business, but can also assist you and explain to you what is the best way to get around Social Media and help you get your word spread of your new tech startup in the right and constructive way.

040Hosting and our Partners are more than happy to get you in control of your business with the help of our expertise !

About 040Hosting: 040hosting provides quality high performance hosting services at affordable prices to individuals and businesses all over the world. Our hosting plans are designed according to different clients needs and comes with full technical support and 100% customer satisfaction guarantee. 040Hosting has European servers located in Strasbourg (FR), London (UK), Amsterdam (NL), Haarlem (NL) and the USA (Dallas and St. Louis) as well in Asia (Singapore). Next to offering shared hosting and reseller plans 040hosting also offers European and US based Managed and unmanaged dedicated servers and are an Official CloudFlare Optimized Partner.

Spring Deals 2014

While we had a very mild winter back here in The Netherlands we can finally say spring has started, Easter just passed, temperatures are going up and everything starts to turn green again. We like to celebrate this with our clients and offer this week a 10% OFF on any new server ordered. unmanaged or managed in either Strasbourg (Europe) or St.Louis (USA), for the lifetime of the account (so not just the first month!)

If you like to use this offer you must provide us with the coupon: spring10pct during the order process; please note that very strict anti-fraud checks are done on dedicated servers to avoid abuse of our offers.

Now; where are you waiting for, get your dedicated server today with our special Spring Deals 2014 offer !

Special Update: Currently we offer on top of this promotion an additional 16GB memory to our enterprise servers: E1S4.0 Server and E1S4.0 Managed server so instead of 16GB you get 32GB in these machines.

Use the coupon to get the additional 10% off on your server order.

 

New webhosting location in The Netherlands (Amsterdam)

Next to our existing servers in EvoSwitch Datacenter in Haarlem, The Netherlands we have added our new infrastructure  in the Interxion datacenter in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Services provided in the new Amsterdam location are:

– Shared Hosting
– Reseller Hosting
– Semi-Dedicated Hosting
– Dedicated Hosting (on request only).
– DNS Services

Other locations 040Hosting offers its services are: Haarlem, NL ; London, UK ; Strasbourg, FR; Dallas, TX;  St.Louis, MO and Singapore, Asia

Get 75% off on your first month in our new Amsterdam based facility by using coupon AMSTERDAM01 on shared- reseller- or semi dedicated-hosting

Above promotion is valid till: 10 March 2014
More new TLD’s available

Last week the following TLD’s became available, this week a new list of TLD’s become available

.BIKE
.CAMERA
.CLOTHING
.EQUIPMENT
.ESTATE
.GALLERY
.GRAPHICS
.GURU
.HOLDINGS
.LIGHTING
.PHOTOGRAPHY
.PLUMBING
.SINGLES
.VENTURES

The new TLD’s available this week (as from tomorrow):

.construction
.contractors
.directory
.kitchen
.land
.technology
.today

Check if your TLD is still available and Order it before it is taken

New TLD’s available

As from today the following new TLD’s are available for registration, during the coming month we will introduce more new TLD’s when they become available.
If you want to pre-register a domain on any of the new TLDs coming please let us know and we will be able to assist you with this process.

Available for direct registration are:

.BIKE
.CAMERA
.CLOTHING
.EQUIPMENT
.ESTATE
.GALLERY
.GRAPHICS
.GURU
.HOLDINGS
.LIGHTING
.PHOTOGRAPHY
.PLUMBING
.SINGLES
.VENTURES

Pricing will be announced soon.

The following TLD’s will follow this month:

19-02-2014:
.construction, .contractors, .directory, .kitchen, .land, .technology, .today, diamonds, .enterprises, tips and .voyage

25-02-2014:
.sexy, .tattoo

[Resources] Stop WordPress Bruteforce Logins

There are many different wordpress plugins, some work locally, some work with a community; if you are looking for a plugin to secure your site against bruteforce (and likely other hack attempts) you can use the BruteProtect plugin.

BruteProtect is a cloud-powered Brute Force attack prevention plugin and the ONLY SECURITY PLUGIN able to guard against botnet attacks.

BruteProtect logs every failed attempt community-wide

When an IP has too many failed attempts in a specific period of time BruteProtect logs and blocks that IP across the entire BruteProtect network (your site included). The more users of BruteProtect the safer we all are from traditional brute force attacks, and distributed brute force attacks that use many different servers and IP addresses

Website: http://bruteprotect.com/