Update: CISPA

Last week, on the same day that we blogged about what CISPA is, The House Of Representatives passed the bill (288-127) for the second time. Because of the huge amounts of lobbying money thrown at congress by corporations in favor of this bill, such as Google, it was expected to pass in The Senate. After it passed The House, CISPA was expected to go to the Senate, however to the surprise of most, The Senate said that they will not even consider voting on CISPA which dealt a huge blow to the bill and its supporters. However, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, left us with this statement: “We are currently drafting a bipartisan information sharing bill and will proceed as soon as we come to an agreement.”

STOP CISPA

As we mentioned in our last CISPA blog post, TotalChoice Hosting is against CISPA and all related bills because they would forever change the internet for the worse. This is why people need to continue to fight for internet freedoms without opposition and bills like PIPA and SOPA. Such bills would infringe on not only our rights, but our privacy. For everyone that advocated against the bill, whether it was through signing a petition, calling your local congressman, or spreading awareness, we here at TCH would like to thank you for protecting the internet as we know it! Through the power of the internet and by strength of numbers, we the people can be heard!

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Reminder: Change PW’s Regularly & Always Update Software

This is a friendly reminder to change your passwords regularly and make sure all your software / scripts are up to date. Outdated versions of software, such as WordPress, Joomla, osCommerce, etc., can open vulnerabilities allowing hackers to compromise your website and / or server. Simply updating to the latest version as they become available is a good way to help keep such vulnerabilities and attacks down.

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You may update most scripts via the Administrative Control Panel / Dashboard of the script. If you are unfamiliar with how to do this please check the documentation for said script. Here are a few links to help you update some popular software. Please feel free to comment if you would like me to add more to this post. Thanks.

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Did you know that weak passwords account for nearly 60% of all account level compromises? Please make sure you’re using strong passwords for everything you do online with both upper and lower case letters, numbers and a few special characters. The simple step of using strong passwords can go a long way to providing you with the security you deserve.

You may change your cPanel and e-mail passwords via cPanel (yourdomain.com/cpanel). Here are a few links to update your TCH passwords:

Our Help Desk is open 24/7 and our technicians will be more than happy to assist you with any issues or concerns you may have. You can create a support ticket at https://support.totalchoicehosting.com. Please feel free to post a comment below as well.

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