Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Can we expect a future free from passwords and PINs?

by John Hawes


Global authentication working group the FIDO Alliance has released the final draft of version 1.0 of its authentication specifications, which it hopes will reduce or even end our reliance on passwords for online authentication.


FIDO, short for Fast IDentity Online, says its new set of rules for designing interoperable authentication systems should "make authentication simpler and stronger for all".
The group's president Michael Barrett goes even further, describing the 1.0 release as:
...an achievement that will define the point at which the old world order of passwords and PINs started to wither and die.
FIDO was officially formed in 2012 and publicly launched in February 2013, making the speed of progress in agreeing on an initial set of standards fairly impressive given the diverse range of people involved.


FIDO members cover a broad spectrum, from financial firms such as PayPal, Visa, MasterCard and Bank of America, to tech players including Google, Microsoft, ARM, Lenovo and.....


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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Disabling SSL 3.0 Support for Accounts We Manage

Due to a critical security vulnerability with SSL 3.0 (an 18-year-old, outdated technology), we are disabling it on the following products:
  • Website Builder
  • Quick Shopping Cart
  • Shared hosting
  • Managed WordPress
  • Gateway-based VPS and Dedicated servers
  • Managed Hosting
  • Servers with Assisted Service Plan
It's important to note that this change does not require any action on your part.

 

How does this change affect me?

By removing SSL 3.0 support, we ensure websites hosted on your account remain immune against attackers trying to leverage the POODLE vulnerability. You can read more about the vulnerable component and what it means in Google's Online Security Blog.

If your website is protected with an SSL, removing SSL 3.0 support will prevent visitors using very outdated browsers from accessing secure content on your page. This will primarily affect Windows XP visitors using Internet Explorer 6, which Microsoft completely stopped supporting as of April 8, 2014.

Friday, September 19, 2014

World's Top 500 Supercomputers

With 233 supercomputers churning away in the USA, it’s clear that Americans have a definite advantage over say the UK or Austria. Without removing the merits of those latter two nations to also innovate in areas of their core competences, they do face a formidable challenge.

Interestingly, Switzerland, a tiny country of 8 million, has more supercomputers than a massive country like Russia. But of course it should rather be weighed on the basis of computing cores and petaflop per second on the Linpack benchmark.

Ranking 6th on the 500 list is Switzerland with a Piz Daint CRAY XC30 system in Lugano. It features 115,984 cores of Xeon 8-core E5-2670 @ 2.6 GHz processors with a 6,271 TFlop/s Linpack performance and a theoretical peak of 7,788.85 TFlop/s. It uses NVIDIA GPUs to accelerate computation and works with a Linux platform (CLE). It’s a fact, Switzerland’s Piz Daint is the fastest supercomputer in Europe. What’s more, it has now been named the greenest petaflop computer in the world… at SC13 in Denver, Colorado (USA).  See www.top500.org for more.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

What is IPv6 and why should I care?

In June 2012 the Internet started changing in a big way under the hood, with websites and Internet service providers turning on a new technology to transmit data.

The Internet's been running on a system that was originally developed over 35 years ago as part of an experimental project called ARPAnet in the U.S. Defense Department. That's when researchers created something called Internet Protocol version 4, or IPv4.

A key component of the system was how many addresses it created, since in theory, every gadget on the Internet needs its own unique number, called an IP address, so data can find it. IPv4 created about 4.3 billion addresses — overkill for an experiment, but not enough for a planet. IP addresses started running out in 2011 in some parts of the world.

There have been many tricks to stretch the number of IP addresses. For example, every Internet-connected device in your home probably shares the IP address of your modem, similar to how telephones in an office have extensions to share the one main number.

What's New?

We've been busy this year cleaning up our inventory of moribund products while also adding new ones on our eCommerce: www.swisstronix.net.

Keep an eye out for exciting new promotions and take a look at a few recent developments:
  • Over 200 TLDs are now proposed, with still more on the way.
  • Website Protection Site Scanner is retiring in favor of SiteLock Website Security which can automatically scan and remove malware.
  • We've rolled out Web Hosting for Linux with cPanel® and we're putting the finishing touches on a powerful new Managed WordPress offering.
Visit also our web design service at www.swisstronix.com

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Phasing out Intranet Names and IP Addresses in SSLs

Last Updated: November 26, 2013 10:16 PM  
The Internet security community is phasing out the use of intranet names and IP addresses as primary domain names or Subject Alternative Names (SANs) in SSL certificates. This is an industry-wide decision, not one specific to our company.
 
As of July 1, 2012, we no longer accept new requests, rekeys or renewals for SSL certificates that contain intranet names or IP addresses and are valid beyond Nov. 1, 2015. In addition, we do not support SSL certificates that secure public IP addresses or IPv6 addresses.
 
An intranet name is the name of a private network, such as server1, mail or server2.local, that public Domain Name Servers (DNS) cannot access. An IP address is a string of numbers, such as 123.45.67.890, that defines a computer's location.

Why the change?
To create a safer online environment, members of the Certificate Authorities Browser Forum met to define implementation guidelines for SSL certificates. As a result, effective October 1, 2016, Certification Authorities (CAs) must revoke SSL certificates that use intranet names or IP addresses.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Multiple Products' Retirement Details

We are retiring the following products on June 25, 2014:
  • InstantPage®
  • SmartSpace®
  • Quick Blogcast®
  • For Sales & Starter Pages
  • Website Protection Site Scanner (more info below)
Because this may impact your business, we wanted to let you know about our schedule to complete these tasks.

Retirement Details:
March 14, 2014 — The products we're retiring are no longer available for sale on our storefront.
 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Top Level Domains (TLD)

We are pleased to announce that effective immediately we have added 30% more TLD extensions to our domains offering.

Several country TLDs were added to the Latin America list, as well as some more in Asia-Pacific, Africa and Europe.

We plan to further extend the list during Spring 2014.

 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Encryption without compromise.

Protect your data on computers, shared folders, removable media and even the cloud.
 
 

Monday, March 10, 2014

Internet Speed Test

Should you feel your connectivity to the Internet is slow, here's where to verify if the speed you pay for is what you get. www.speedtest.net

They claim to have the world's most popular internet speed test – with over 5 million tests per day and a global coverage where users can test from more than 2'500 servers worldwide.