I am extremely happy to report that our first webinar about Joomla speed was a great success – we had a very big crowd of people showing up, loads of questions in the end, and excellent feedback from our attendees!
Tenko tells us how old he was when he got his first computer, why our philosophy about technology and innovation is different, and goes into the depths of the brute force attacks and what’s their target – you’ll be surprised – it’s not your website. Make sure to listen until the very end of the episode; Tenko shares some quite useful tips and tricks on how to remain safe and protected from similar attacks.
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We’ve been thinking for quite some time now what will be a cool way to extend our resources and help you get your websites and business up and running, and here we are – starting a fresh educational initiative through webinars. We’ve got some of our partners excited about this idea too and will cooperate with them to bring you first hand experience and knowledge on the nitty-gritty of setting up and running an online business.
At the time we post this there were not many official statements made by other web hosts, now more than 24 hours later we have seen several official statements how other approach the problem, and we would like to turn your attention to the fact that the solution to the Global WordPress brute force attack, proposed by the majority of the other hosts has some serious limitations. It is based on editing .htaccess files. We believe that this is only a partial fix to the problem. If your host relies only on .htaccess rules to stop the attackers, they actually allow them to reach your server, make requests, process those requests, check whether they should be blocked and then finally reject them. All that causes server load and makes your site slower, even if the brute-force attempt is stopped. Last but not least, this causes problems for the people who don't know about the attack and only see themselves unable to access their sites.
We at SiteGround have taken a different approach preventing attackers from even reaching the server. This means that no load is caused on the server, no sites are slowed down and all targeted sites are protected in a way that most of our customers won't even notice the attack!
It seems spammers and hackers didn't get much sleep the last few weeks. We're seeing an abnormal amount of hacking and bruteforce attempts towards Joomla and WordPress sites the last two and a half weeks. Additionally, the popular WordPress plugin Social Media Widget was reported to have suddenly started to insert hidden spam SEO links. Solving these problems immediately became our security team's goal number one. There were some easy solutions like fully restricting the access to the application login forms for the time of the attacks and forceful removal of all faulty plugins. We saw other hosts take these actions. However, we do not like easy security solutions that make customers feel punished, while other people are the real wrong-doers. Guided by this belief we once again solved the problems in our own way – efficiently and at the same time user-friendly.
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If we had to sum up web hosting in a simple formula, it would be: servers + people. The first part is easy - anyone could get servers. Maybe not the best ones out there, but essentially, servers are relatively easy to find. But what makes the big difference, are the people. Combine good hardware with the unique approach of skilled professionals and the attitude of great people and you get a unique product. That’s our company’s philosophy and in order to achieve it, we need unique HR practices. We recently had a new wave of fresh talent hired for the SiteGround Technical and Customer service departments and in the heat of the new training season, we decided to tell you a little bit more about what it takes to become part of our team.
Yes, we turned 9 last week! So many things have happened since we initially registered our domain name (on 22nd of March, 2004, which date we have chosen to celebrate as our birthday), that I feel like we have started it all in another lifetime! But what is SiteGround now, nine years after it was founded? As part of the birthday event there were lightning talks given by different people from the company, who felt like sharing some thoughts and ideas with the others. There were no rules who will talk and what will be the topic covered. However, what people chose to talk about naturally became a very good representation of what SiteGround is curently really about:
SiteGround, a leading web hosting provider, has recently extended its partnership with Cloudflare, a web performance optimization company. Besides providing the general Cloudflare CDN, optimization and security features for free to its customers SiteGround has now also developed several unique tools to improve user experience with the services and has added Railgun – one of the most advanced Cloudflare speed options.
Few days ago our security team has come across a JCE related vulnerability that has the potential to affect many Joomla 1.5.x based websites. The problem is that an old version of one of the JCE addons called ImageManager has turned out to be vulnerable to attacks. The number of the affected websites is big, because many templates providers include the JCE editor together with ImageManager as part of their template bundle installations. So many Joomla users have these extensions without having installed them themselves.