Get your FREE VentraIP Australia beach ball with every order placed this summer!

December 17th, 2014 @ 04:08PM - 0 Comment(s)

We’re celebrating this holiday season by giving away our brand new VentraIP Australia inflatable beach balls to the first 1,000 orders placed using any of the offers of the below.

Happy Holidays from VentraIP Australia

These awesome beach balls will go quick so get your order in fast to avoid disappointment! Also, please ensure your postal address is correct inside your VIPControl account as that is the address that will be used for delivery of your beach ball.

75% off new Economy, Business and WHM Multi services

You or a friend can purchase any new Economy or EconomyPLUS, Multi-Account and Multi-AccountPLUS or Business and BusinessPLUS cPanel hosting service and take 75% off the first invoice. Pre-pay up to 1 year in advance to maximise your savings! To take advantage of this offer, simply use coupon code XMAS75 when placing your order on our web site.

50% off new Economy VPS services

You or a friend can purchase any new E-VPS or E-VPSPLUS and take 50% off the first invoice. Pre-pay up to 1 year in advance to maximise your savings! To take advantage of this offer, simply use coupon code XMASVPS50 when placing your order on our web site.

$2 off new .com.au and .net.au domain name registrations

And finally, you or a friend can take $2.00 off any new .com.au or .net.au domain name registration. Simply use coupon code XMAS2 when placing your order on our web site.

VentraIP Australia Beach Balls

Please note that we are limiting the beach balls to one (1) per customer so that we can share the beach balls around, but you can use these coupons as many times as you want throughout the summer.


7 reasons why starting a blog should be your New Year’s resolution

December 15th, 2014 @ 12:00PM - 0 Comment(s)

So you’re thinking of starting your own blog, so why not make it a New Year’s resolution? We’ve brought together some key reasons why you should jump in and get started in 2015!

2015

  1. Develop your creative outlet

    You’re looking to find yourself a creative outlet and a blog is just that! Let your ideas and thoughts flow, developing on concepts you’ve long dwelled upon.

  2. Read more

    Another of your New Year’s resolutions may be to read more, and with blogging you’ll hit two birds with one stone. Blogging gets you into the swing of reading about topics relevant to your blog; news articles, journal papers, other blogs and general industry comments. After all, sometimes you need a little inspiration.

  3. Improve your writing

    Haven’t had the chance to practice your writing recently, or always caught writing something uninteresting? Blogging gets you back into writing about what you care for and helps you develop your skills.

  4. Build your network

    You can never do too much networking and blogging takes this to the online sphere, complementing your engagement with social networks like LinkedIn. Connect with friends or new acquaintances through your writing, developing a new network of potential business partners, employers and friends.

  5. Improve your career prospects

    Through the benefits listed above, and provided your content is appropriate, your new blog could open a gateway to a new job or career. Your blog becomes your online CV, showcasing your skills, talents and interests which may pique the interest of potential employers. Just be careful with the content you post!

  6. Reflect on yourself

    If you’re not reflecting upon yourself and your thoughts, you’re missing an excellent opportunity to improve yourself and learn from your experiences. Maybe it’s time to keep a journal of what you’re doing and thinking, allowing you to reflect upon your experiences, learn from them and remember the good times and bad. It’s a way to see your progress and shape your goals moving forward.

  7. Help others

    There’s nothing more rewarding than helping others, and your blog can provide you with a tool to achieve this. Your content, regardless of what it is, will have meaning to others and will always serve a purpose. Whether you’re providing tips on cooking, a humourous story, thoughts on a political situation, or ideas for improving earth footprint, there is a always a meaning which can educate, inspire or entertain your readers. You may not think much of it, but your blog has the capacity to help others.

Start your 2015 on the right foot and launch your blog. With the new year soon to begin, focus on doing something for you and reap the benefits.

VentraIP Economy Web Hosting with cPanel delivers a quality, fast and reliable service perfect for blogging. VentraIP provides you with a one click auto-installer to setup your new WordPress blog within minutes, allowing you to get started quickly without the fuss. Signup for your new VentraIP Economy Web Hosting service today from just $3.98 per month when using the VIP50 coupon to gain 50% off the first invoice.


CryptoPHP – A hidden danger in your CMS?

November 26th, 2014 @ 05:29PM - 2 Comment(s)

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CryptoPHP is a long-term threat making it’s presence known in a big way; a threat which provides a backdoor into Joomla, WordPress and Drupal installations through themes and plugins, leaving your CMS installation open to further compromise and data loss. Thankfully the issue doesn’t affect all users, typically only those who have utilised published pirated themes and plugins which they have found free on the internet – these downloads would normally have been a premium purchase, instead the CryptoPHP actor is socially engineering website owners into installing ticking timebombs to their websites.

The CryptoPHP package is often hidden within an illegally sourced plugin or theme in a file titled “social.png”, but it poses a risk through it’s contents of hidden php code designed to DOS, mail, escalate privileges and share data.

Whilst the team at VentraIP are proactively scanning for this issue and working with our security detection vendors to find faster detection solutions, we recommend website owners conduct their own due diligence in managing their website. If you have ever downloaded a free theme or plugin which is normally a premium product (requiring purchase) and installed it to your website, we recommend you immediately uninstall it from your website.  Utilising pirated scripts may be putting your website, your business and your clients data at risk.

If you’re interested to know more about CryptoPHP, see the White Paper.


Introducing SSL Certificate SHA-2 Support

October 30th, 2014 @ 11:56PM - 0 Comment(s)

There have recently been a few announcements regarding the Certification Authority and Browser industries replacing the SHA-1 hashing algorithm with the more secure SHA-2. Each major industry player (namely Microsoft, Google and Mozilla) have all announced their own various plans to stop supporting SHA-1 SSL certificates after January 1, 2017 – with some taking rather prompt action.

We’re pleased to announce that all new SSL Certificates issued through Trustwave will now utilise the SHA-2 (also known as SHA-256) hashing algorithm.

Existing SSL Certificate holders will soon be able to re-issue their older SHA-1 certificates in the new SHA-2 hashing algorithm via VIPControl free of charge. We will make another announcement with this functionality is available to clients.

It’s important to note that the change from SHA-1 to SHA-2 for SSL Certificates will have no impact on how modern browsers and operating systems detect and display your SSL certificate to visitors, and there is absolutely nothing you should worry about in regards to this change. As a general rule, only users running an operating system less than OS X 10.5+ or Windows XP SP3+ will be impacted by the change-over to SHA-256.

Both VentraIP Australia and Trustwave fully support the move to SHA-2 and we’re here to help in any way we can. If you need further assistance, or have any questions on this change, please do not hesitate to contact our support team through VIPControl.