Changing your hosting passwords

…to change your web hosting-related passwords regularly. For other Internet security recommendations, please see Cruzio’s Security Tips. Changing your Control Panel password Log in to your control panel. Click one of the following icons (different control panels use slightly different wording): Under Tools, click Edit icon. OR Under Account, click the Change Password icon. Enter your new password in the Password field, then enter it again in the Co…

Cruzio and the Loma Fire: Night One

…and zoomed our camera remotely, this is what we saw: Loma fire from Cruzio security camera, 8:24 pm Loma Fire from Cruzio security camera, 8:11 pm At about 6 pm, PG&E had cut power for safety reasons. You don’t want live electrical wires on burning poles. How We Prepare for Emergencies Like the Loma Fire Now back a step, to Cruzio’s long years of planning. In 2009, when we started using mountaintop facilities, we had limited power backup at those…

On Internet Privacy & Digital Freedom

…tion using a National Security Letterhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_security_letter, a written demand for records which is not ordered by a court. Cruzio has not been served with an NSL as of this writing. Under the statute known as the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, CALEA, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communications_Assistance_for_Law_Enforcement_Act Cruzio is legally bound to allow law enforcement agencies who serve a…

Inbox Siege: Spam on the Rise

…a 70% drop in spam worldwide. Unfortunately, this created a false sense of security and spam levels quickly picked up again and have been steadily rising. Google reports that within 4 months of the takedown, spam levels were back to pre-McColo levels, a trend which continued through June 4th, 2009, when 3FN , another large spam source, was “reported to have been dismantled.” This resulted in another 30% drop in spam. Since this last drop, in less…

Using Secure Image URLs in ShopSite

…the “Preferences” icon. Click the “Hosting Service” button. Under the SSL Security Settings section, locate “Use SSL security in Shopping Cart”. If that checkbox in not checked, click it to enable it. Locate “Secure Store URL”. If you are on Classic hosting, this should be set to: https://www#.cruzio.com/shopsite-images Where # will match the number you see while logged into your ShopSite admin page in the URL at the top of your browser following…

Using Secure Email (SSL)

…e left, select Server Settings. Set “Use secure connection” or “Connection Security” to SSL or SSL/TLS. On the left, select “Outgoing Server (SMTP)”. Select your outgoing mail server and click Edit. Set Port to 465 and set “Use secure connection” or “Connection security” to SSL or SSL/TLS. Click OK. You should now be back in the Account Settings window. Click OK. Outlook 2007 In the Tools menu, select Account Settings. Select your mail account and…

We’ve Got Your Back – How Cruzio Handles Phishing Schemes

…suspicious you should be. For example, no one should ever want your Social Security number from an email message * The more urgent the message, the more suspicious you should be * There are so many scams, we can’t report every one. But if you see one you feel is serious, or if it’s for a small company, report it to the FBI https://www.ic3.gov/complaint/default.aspx Bottom line: if you ever have any doubts about an email that purports to be from Cr…

Spot Simple Spam That Fools Everyone

…hen compromised in their turn. It’s an effective scheme, and hard to stop. Security Tips: Don’t click on links in unusual email, even from friends or family. (Unsure? Ask them!) Don’t type personal information like passwords or social security numbers into websites you reach from an email. Don’t say yes to installing files on your computer from email unless you are positive they’re safe. Do make sure your friends and family know this, too! from Se…

Securing your VPS

…le, store your backups in a fireproof and waterproof safe at a site other than where your server is located. This will help prevent your server and backups both being destroyed by theft, fire, or natural disaster. Subscribe to your operating system and application vendors’ security or news lists. It will notify you of new security updates or temporary fixes to prevent a compromise until an official update is released. Feel free to contact me for a…

Watch Out: Lots of Phony (Phishing) Email During the Pandemic

…company should already have or which they shouldn’t need, like your social security number. Cruzio Gets Phony Sites Down Quickly For our part, Cruzio is on the lookout, Most phishing schemes are caught before they even get to customers’ mailboxes. Scams that do get through are escalated quickly and our specialized team takes action immediately to report and disable the link. Crooks love to operate on holidays and weekends, so our pager team — who’…