Tag Archives: Web hosting control panel

Password ideas for your webhosting Control Panel

A common topic that I see in current news trends relates to the security breaches of various platforms. Whether it’s a popular web host that’s being targeted, or as we’ve seen recently in the tech oriented news; WordPress hacks, and often email account breaches. One of the most obvious and yet most overlooked points for protecting ourselves begins with the password.

In this article I won’t go over good password practices, instead I’m going to show you how easy it is for computers to algorithmically crack the password access. I hope this in turn adapts your approach to protecting your web hosting security.

5 Myths of Password Security

5 Myths of Password Security | Stormpath | How to Grow Your Business Online | Scoop.it

From www.stormpath.com – May 7, 11:55 PM

The reason has everything to do with password entropy: a representation of how much uncertainty there is in a password. This translates to how computationally difficult a password is to crack. Simply put, adding length increases entropy more efficiently than replacing letters with symbols.

Juliana Payson‘s insight:

Using people’s names, repeating characters, sequential numbers or well-known keyboard entries like `qwerty` are expected – the opposite of random. In a similar way when MySQL databases are created with auto-script installers on your web hosting control panel, the sequence of the database name and usernames are more predictable, meaning one less obstacle to crack: the password

The Effect of Password Strength Meters | Privacy PC

The Effect of Password Strength Meters | Privacy PC | How to Grow Your Business Online | Scoop.it

From privacy-pc.com – May 7, 11:58 PM

Carnegie Mellon’s computer security and privacy expert Blase Ur presents an in-depth research of password strength meters at USENIX Security conference.

Juliana Payson‘s insight:

A dictionary check is performed against OpenWall’s mangled wordlist, which is a cracking dictionary; and if it’s in this cracking dictionary, you are told: “your password is in our dictionary of common passwords” Getting feedback from a computer algorithm on the predictability of your password is interesting but as Stormcloud from the previous article suggests; Password checkers are only as intelligent as the algorithm, so it’s useful to know what these things are based on.

Next we follow Tech Go Simple’s blog, on simple methods to fool the password generators that you can actually remember yourself

Best ways to make memorable and secure passwords

Tech Go Simple: Best ways to make memorable and secure passwords | How to Grow Your Business Online | Scoop.it

From techgosimple.blogspot.comToday, 12:00 AM

Follow @techgosimple on Twitter : What would happen if my password manager stopped working. Then there would be no way out such that I could get them back and all my accounts would be lost.

Juliana Payson‘s insight:

Here are some cool tips. Motor patterns are not about remembering actual passwords. Rather, you remember the pattern your fingers take when typing that password on your keyboard. Although, I have tried this before and still failed at remembering my starting point…

by – Juliana





Noteable Control Panel Blogs

If you’re setting up a webhosting account for the first time, then you’re likely to run into either a choice of control panels, or some learning curve to familiarize yourself with setting up your new web hosting space. In today’s featured list, I’ll be taking a look at some of the most up-to-date and technically specific blogs that will help you through that learning curve, especially when you bump into a difficulty.

Rather than winding up in some technical support forum, for a non-problem issue (usually being just a matter of misunderstanding or sheepish ignorance) your experience can be more motivated if guided in the hands of experts who can explain stuff you need to know in the correct terminology. There are many times when I have been guilty of consuming time in frustration on chat support, because I simply didn’t know what the correct words were to type in and ask the right questions.

Example: “When I go here and click there I can’t find the thingy that’s supposed to load/upload/… blah” you get the message…  Ever been guilty of that?

Most Popular Web Hosting Control Panels

Most Popular Web Hosting Control Panels | LLA Tech | How to Grow Your Business Online | Scoop.it
From llatech.com – Today, 9:41 PM

When you sign up for your first hosting plan your provider will most likely also provide you with a web hosting control panel.

Juliana Payson‘s insight:

Some of the things you’ll be able to do in your web hosting control panel are to manage your email accounts, FTP accounts, add-on domains, access your site statistics, manage files, build pages for your website, install certain scripts with the push of a button, MySQL database management and a multitude of other functions. This blog is written by web hosting experts who have chosen to compare two of the most popular control panels: Plesk and cPanel

Plesk Server Management – 3 weeks ago

The Parallels Plesk Panel is the popular control panel to run, configure, and secure your web servers. Easily deploy websites and applications and reduce your time spent on managing complex tasks. Ples…

Juliana Payson‘s insight:

Here is a dedicated Plesk blog, it seems regularly updated with the latest Plesk features and even sums up in easy to read bullet point lists what features and 3rd party installations to expect:

  • ZendOptimizer
  • Ioncube
  • GD
  • Curl
  • Freetype
  • Eaccelerator
  • ImageMagick
  • Advance Perl modules etc.

Finally – and this is my favorite blog of the week, because the author has an extensive archive of helpful pointers for each item you presented as a bug or problem to chat support. Instead, Renjith has documented every little query and even command line code to provide quick fixes and clarity for finding your way around your new Linux server:

“Help! Parallels Plesk Panel shows incorrect disk usage”

From linuxtechme.wordpress.com – Today, 9:45 PM

Parallels Plesk Panel shows incorrect disk usage Linux : To update traffic and disk usage for a single domain, run: /usr/local/psa/admin/sbin/statistics –calculate-one –domain-name=domain.tld …

Juliana Payson‘s insight:

Check out this blog specific from a Linux system administrator. I like it because there is every nerdy fix for every possible query you might have from Various web hosting control panels, to MySQL databases, and Virtuozzo auto-script installers. If you’re hosting your sites on Linux, bookmark this blog, he might well help you be able to trouble shoot things you never even thought about.

Renjith Raju is the type of tech nerd I admire, if it’s not broken fix it anyway – make it even better!

by – Juliana