DDoS Protection on Shared Hosting Servers

DDoS ProtectionWith DDoS attacks becoming an everyday occurrence on the Internet today, it is very important  to have a proper DDoS Protection solution in place. This is especially true if we are talking about shared hosting servers, as there may be several hundreds of domains hosted on them, which means that the likelihood of a DDoS attack is very high.

Over the past week we have experienced three DDoS attacks which affected network performance. Unsurprisingly, all three attacks were aimed at the shared hosting servers. As is the case with DDoS and shared hosting, it is not possible to figure out which particular domain on the server is being attacked. This is because the attack is aimed at the IP of the server, rather than a particular domain name. So what can be done?

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Free SSL Certificate from SharkServers

SharkServersFree SSL Certificate is happy to announce that free SSL certificates are now available for users of Advanced and Ultimate shared hosting plans. The Free SSL certificate are issued by Let’s Encrypt and are valid for 90 days. Don’t worry about the short time though – they are automatically renewed about 5 days prior to expiry. The best part – you don’t even need to do anything, as that happens automatically.

SSL Certificate benefits your site by establishing a level of trust for your customers. This is especially important when running an e-commerce site, or any other website where a user may be asked to enter their personal data. Having an SSL certificate means that the certificate issuer has verified that the website is what it says it is, and that data being sent to it (or data being received) has not been intercepted or modified.

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Fast Windows VPS or Linux VPS – Helping You Choose

Fast Windows VPS or Fast Linux VPSSo you’ve decided that a virtual private server is the way to go for your business. Awesome! Control, privacy, dedicated resources, ridiculously fast hardware. Do I need a fast Windows VPS or a Linux VPS? Wait… What? If you have no idea what I’m talking about – read on!

Now that you’ve certain that a VPS is what you need, it’s time to make your next VPS hosting decision – what type of operating system is best for you?

You have two OS options: either Linux or Windows. They are similar in a lot of ways and cover the same basic functions, such as allowing you to store your data, run applications and scale up your resources as needed – in a nutshell – what a VPS is all about. But there are some pretty important differences between the two as well, so let’s take a look in a little more detail at the pros and cons of Windows and Linux to aid with your decision making process.

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How to Install VNC on Debian VPS

VNC is a remote desktop sharing system that will allow you to connect your home PC to a GUI (graphical interface) hosted on your VPS, for easy remote management. This guide will walk you through the steps required to setup and access a VNC server hosted on a Debian VPS.

Before beginning, ensure you are logged in to your VPS as the root user, and run the following to make sure your system is up to date:

# apt-get update
# apt-get upgrade

1. Install GNOME:

#apt-get install gnome-desktop-environment

2. Install required fonts:

# apt-get install xfonts-100dpi
# apt-get install xfonts-100dpi-transcoded
# apt-get install xfonts-75dpi
# apt-get install xfonts-75dpi-transcoded
# apt-get install xfonts-base

3. Install TightVNCServer:

# apt-get install tightvncserver

4. Start TightVNCServer for the first time, it will copy config files and prompt you for a password:

# tightvncserver :1

5. Stop the VNC server, so we can continue to configure it:

# tightvncserver -kill :1

6. Edit the xstartup file:

# vi ~/.vnc/xstartup

Press “A” to enter edit mode. Replace the contents of the file with the following (or edit to match):

#!/bin/shxrdb $HOME/.Xresources
xsetroot -solid grey
x-terminal-emulator -geometry 80x24+10+10 -ls -title "$VNCDESKTOP Desktop" &
# x-window-manager &
gnome-session &

Press ESC, type :wq, then press enter to save and close the file.

7. Start the VNC server with your desired resolution:

# tightvncserver -geometry 1024x768 :1

You can now access your server’s remote GNOME desktop with a desktop VNC client. Enter your server’s main IP address, Port 1 (or 5901, alternately), and the password you set earlier to connect to the desktop.

SharkServers Reward Points

Reward pointsIntroducing SharkServers Rewards!

We are happy to announce that starting today all our clients will earn reward points as a ‘Thank you’ from SharkServers for being with us. The earned points can then be exchanged for credit which can, in turn, be used to order new web hosting services or buy that domain name that you always wanted.

Points are awarded for almost everything – paying your invoices (invoices paid before due date give your more points), ordering new services and more. Points can also be taken away for some things. The minimum points you can exchange for credit is 100, which is $1 when exchanged.

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Dedicated Server: Choosing the right one

If you’ve decided that a dedicated server makes the most sense for you or your company, the next decision you have to make is just as important. Choosing the right dedicated server will be the difference between this being a good decision and one that is a complete waste of money.

The first thing you have to consider are your own resources. Specifically, do you have the technical knowledge necessary to handle the maintenance required for system administration? If you don’t, does someone in your company (most likely in the IT department)?

If the answer is “no”, don’t worry. It just means you need to pay for management services from the hosting company. Literally tell them that you have no experience with handling administrative duties and they’ll know what you need.

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SharkServers has a new home

It’s been a while since anything was posted on our blog, so I think it’s time to tell you a bit more about things going on at SharkServers.

The most important event for us this year was the datacenter migration from Coventry, UK to our own facility in Reading, UK that has just opened. The move was completed on June 14, and it went better than we expected. You see, with any migrations of such scale, you expect that something will go wrong. Luckily, this was not the case, and while we were prepared for some problems, everything was in order. That said, SharkServers now has a new place to call home – B5 Data Centers, owned and operated by B5 Ltd – SharkServers parent company.

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Do I Need a Dedicated IP Address?

Of the numerous hosting features and extras available from just about every hosting provider out there, the dedicated IP may just be the one that gives Web publishers the most pause. Is it necessary? Does it have any benefit? Do I really need one at all?

The debate rages on. Ultimately, whether you spring for a dedicated IP address or not is your decision, but knowing a few facts, and then throwing in a bit of opinion, may help you make an educated decision. Let’s start with the basics.

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Happy new year, all! 2014 was a pretty fantastic year for us at SharkServers – we opened our doors up, and we’re pretty pleased with the results. We hope you are too! The New Year is a time when lots of people start making resolutions: exercise more, eat healthier, volunteer more, quit smoking – lots of options! We’ve got our resolutions set, but what about yours?

Perhaps we’re a bit biased, but we definitely recommend blogging more as a resolution – and what better way to blog than with us? The Basic plan ends up being only $24.99 for a year, and that includes your own domain name, too! And with that, you get fantastic hosting and support, ready to help in any way we can! Fork out some cash, and maybe it’ll help you keep a “blog more” resolution going!

Go take a look at our hosting packages, grab one that catches your eye! We promise you won’t be disappointed!

Black Friday is around the corner…

… and we got a promotion to celebrate that. Effective now, use promotion code “BLACKFRIDAY” to get 55% off any shared hosting or VPS (Windows or Linux) plan for your next 6 invoices. You read it right – invoices, and not months.

How does that work?

If you pay monthly, you will get 55% off each invoice for the next 6 months (6 invoices). Quarterly billing will get you 18 months at 55% off (6 invoices over 18 months). Semi annual – 3 years with the discount, and annual terms – 6 years at 55% off.

With so huge discounts, you can’t go wrong! Sign up now and enjoy one of the best hosting services around.

Shared Hosting

Linux VPS (OpenVZ)

Windows VPS

P.S. The promotion is for new signups only. Existing orders do not qualify.