Spam and Virus Protection now available for Shared Hosting Clients!

Dear TCH Family,

If you have a shared hosting account with us please be aware of the following announcement.  This offer only applies to TCH clients and is not available as a stand alone product.

TotalChoice now offers enterprise class Spam & Virus Protection for your email accounts. Our Spam & Virus Protection is built on TotalChoice’s Infrastructure and has the reliability and up time that you’ve come to know from TotalChoice.

For the low price of $1.95 per month you can protect a single domain and all its email accounts from spyware, junk mail, spam mail, phishing attacks, viruses and much more. This service covers one domain and unlimited email accounts and of course unlimited email.

If you would like to add this feature to your hosting account simply login to our client central area located at https://billing.totalchoicehosting.com/ and look for the add new services button on the left page and from there click add on services.

Who would have believed it could be this inexpensive and easy to clean your inbox and keep those nasty viruses out of way.

Thank you for your business and happy hosting.

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Joomla Zero Day Exploit

The Joomla security team has fixed a highly critical zero-day bug, which allows an attacker to take full control of an affected site’s administration area.

The vulnerability affects Joomla versions 1.5 to 3.4.5, it involves an object injection vulnerability via the HTTP user agent that leads to a full remote command execution.

You can determine your Joomla version by logging into your administrator area, the version will be displayed either in the top right hand corner or at the bottom of your administrator panel.

This is a serious vulnerability that can be easily exploited and is already in the wild. If you are using Joomla, it is essential that you upgrade to the latest version

For EOL versions a patch has been provided which can be found at the link below, however we strongly recommend clients upgrade to the latest version as soon as possible.

Joomla EOL patches for  CVE-2015-8562

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POP before SMTP no longer supported

Many of you recently awoke to the sudden issue of not being able to send mail. The issue you were experiencing with your email was due to the “POP before SMTP” feature being automatically disabled by a cPanel update. This feature allows you to continue to send mail for a time period after successfully receiving/checking your email.

POP before SMTP is antiquated alternative method of authentication that was never officially supported nor very secure. If you are still using this method, we recommend you enable SMTP Authentication in your mail client.

We have now reverted this change and enabled the POP before SMTP feature to allow users time to make changes to thier mail client. We do not currently have a time frame for how long we will continue to keep this feature active, but we will announce before it is removed.

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The unlimited game

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Web Site running slow?  Maybe your unlimited hosting is not really unlimited!

Choosing the right hosting company to host your business or personal web site can be a daunting task.  So many Hosting companies in the market place are misrepresenting their services by offering unlimited hosting.

Truth of the matter is Unlimited Hosting does not exist.  It is a sales gimmick to lure customers in by offering them everything for little or nothing. In reality,  everything has a limit.  These unscrupulous hosts bet on the fact that the vast majority of the clients that they trick into signing up with them will in fact never use very many resources.  The clients that use a lot of resources are kicked to the curb and terminated without notice. This is done by citing the Terms of Service (TOS) which spells out in very fine terms what can be used.  This is a highlight from a TOS from such a company:

10.2. Enforced resource limits for shared and reseller packages:
10% CPU Usage
5% Memory Usage (or 512 MB)
50 Running Processes
15 Minute Max Execution Time
100,000 Total Inodes
500 outgoing email messages per 60 minute period (all excess messages will be discarded and not delivered)

This is horrible considering the fact that when these poor clients signed up for service they were told everything was unlimited.  At TotalChoice we do not place limits on our clients, because we do NOT oversell our servers.  Unlimited hosts can stay in business because they depend on people not using the resources that they purchase.  At TCH we want our clients to use the resources they bought and we leave it on the table for them to use at any time they need.  This is why our hosting packages are very defined and the client knows what they are buying, it is their money after all.

Choose wisely my friends.

Happy Hosting

Bill Kish

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Dedicated Servers – Thoughts from a TCH Linux Admin

When it comes to choosing hosting for your business, it is important to choose wisely. Dedicated web hosting is simply the best type of hosting you can get for your website, if you are serious about your site. It will give you the entire server as your own resources, the ability to customize nearly everything, and you will be able to handle more traffic than any type of shared and VPS hosting.

Advantages:

* Dedicated web hosting can handle a higher volume of page requests than shared hosting or VPS hosting. This is because all the resources are yours and your hosting will be much faster. You will have faster site load times and visitors will be able to see your website or blog without any issues.

* Another big advantage of using a dedicated server is the ability to customize the security. Security is a very important part of your hosting. You will have to make the decision if you can risk being hacked by sharing a server with hundreds of other hosting accounts. Even with VPS hosting you are still sharing a server. VPS hosting will give you some custom security features, but it is not like dedicated hosting.

* When a server is shared between several clients, the host cannot allow any of them to access to certain features. However, when the server is used solely by your website you will be granted much greater access allowing you more control over the server. This affords businesses much more flexibility.

A dedicated server means you will have less to worry about and you will be able to make more money from your website. Dedicated server hosting may seem like a more expensive choice, but if you are looking for reliable hosting that offers all of the benefits, it is something that is well worth the investment.

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