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Welcome to the Precision Computing Arts / Fastwebdev blog. We use this blog to post interesting news about our Sitebuilder web hosting and content management system (CMS). As with other blogging systems, blog articles from our system are indexed in Google and other search engines within a week or two.

(Customers can set up and maintain similar blogs on any Sitebuilder websites that we host.)

Tuesday, December 13 2016

Who Is3/13/15 Update: Thieves are stealing company web addresses, so please be wary of responding to suspicious "phishing" emails asking you to renew your domain or provide other sensitive account information. Also, guard and take responsibility for your own account user names and passwords.

More details about "Thieves Steal Company Web Addresses" here.

Original Article Below

Who has the keys to your domain...and your web hosting account...and your PayPal account...and all the other online accounts that make your business tick?

As a business, personal, or non-profit website owner, if you didn't answer this question with a resounding "I DO!," you are putting your website and possibly even your entire enterprise at risk.

Many companies such as domain registrars, website hosts, PayPal, banks, and others that are required to keep your sensitive online information safe WILL NOT COMMUNICATE with anyone other than the person who is listed as the main contact in their records. And they certainly will not release user name, password, and other account information to anyone other than the officially designated contact.

Knowing this to be true, consider what might happen in the following scenarios if you are not listed as the primary contact and you do not have a copy of your login information:

  • Your employee leaves the company.
  • You decide to switch web designers, or your designer retires or closes the business.
  • Your spouse divorces you.
  • Your relative turns untrustworthy.
  • You and your friend or business partner have a falling out.

Now further imagine that one of these common situations arises and you need to:

  • Change your account password or contact information.
  • Change your web hosting service.
  • Change your domain registrar.
  • Change your website designer or search engine optimization (SEO) company.
  • Access your PayPal account in order to add new payment buttons.

Ouch! You could be in a world of hurt, as one of our new customers discovered recently.


The bottom line is that YOUR contact information should be on ALL these accounts, and YOU should have a copy of all the login information for these accounts: that means URL addresses (e.g., paypal.com, namecheap.com, gmail.com, etc.), user names, and passwords. PLEASE do not rely on others (or Precision Computing Arts) to keep this essential information safe for you!


Tip: Here is one way to find out who is listed as the primary contact for your website's domain and to learn the nameservers for your website hosting account:

  1. Go to http://centralops.net/co/DomainDossier.aspx
  2. Type in your domain name (e.g., pcartsonline.com). Omit the www.
  3. Check the domain whois record box.
  4. Click GO. (Note: If you have changed the information recently, it may take about 24 hours to see the most recent changes.)

Oh, in case you are wondering, when Precision Computing Arts / Fastwebdev sets up an account for you, we never list our company as the registration, administrative, technical, or billing contact. We always list you — the company owner (or your designee) — and we always provide you with the complete login information for every account that we set up on your behalf. PLEASE STORE THIS INFORMATION IN A SAFE PLACE!

Questions? Please contact us.

Posted by: Elizabeth Olson AT 06:17 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Monday, April 18 2016
* fastwebdev.com: SYSTEM BILLING (unable to charge credit card) Messages (REVISED)

For customers using our Precision Computing Arts / Fastwebdev website hosting system, here's some clarification about those "unable to charge credit card" messages that may occur during automated monthly credit card billing.

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Posted by: Support AT 02:08 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Sunday, March 08 2015
* FREAK Security Bug in Some Browsers, including Safari and Windows (UPDATE - Fix Coming Soon)

A flaw can let a hacker spy on your Internet session and steal your login credentials. The flaw affects many secure websites, as well as Apple Safari browser, some Android Web browsers, and Microsoft Windows machines.

3/8/15 Update: Windows machines also at risk.

More details at: 

http://money.cnn.com/2015/03/03/technology/freak-bug/index.html

http://tech.firstpost.com/news-analysis/windows-pcs-also-vulnerable-to-freak-attacks-warns-microsoft-257813.html

 

Posted by: AT 12:00 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Wednesday, April 09 2014
* SiteBuilder Websites are NOT Affected by the Heartbleed Security Issues

Heartbleed is a flaw in OpenSSL, the open-source encryption standard used by the majority of websites that need to transmit the data that users want to keep secure. We checked with our web hosting system developers today, and SiteBuilder websites are not affected by this flaw. Here is what our system developers wrote on April 11, 2014:

"You may have heard about a new security flaw called Heartbleed which is being reported about this week. This flaw effects most websites that use SSL encryption and in particular SSL implementations that use OpenSSL. We do not use OpenSSL and our systems are not affected by this security flaw."

See these websites for more information and advice:

Posted by: Precision Computing Arts, Inc. AT 03:50 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
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