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Why Gaming Servers Aren’t Just for Professional Gamers

Over the past decade, the popularity of the gaming industry has skyrocketed. In fact, some individuals have even become "professional" gamers, making profitable careers out of their hobbies. From Twitch streamers to eSports players and more, these gamers require the best possible equipment. This includes not just top-of-the-line PCs and consoles but quality gaming servers as well. However, casual gamers may not realize that dedicated gaming servers are not just reserved for the pros. Anyone can enjoy the benefits of a dedicated gaming server! Benefits of Gaming Servers for Casual Gamers How does a dedicated server improve the overall gaming experience? For starters, a gaming server offers unrivaled reliability compared to a home internet connection or another type of host. This means that you won't have to worry about your server losing connection in the middle of an important game or quest. Meanwhile, the speeds afforded by a dedicated gaming

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All About Deep Packet Inspection and Its Role in Modern Web

With malware and web attacks becoming more common than ever before, there has perhaps never been a more pertinent time to revisit and beef up your organization's cybersecurity strategy. As part of your cybersecurity solutions, you may also want to implement deep packet inspection (DPI) for added peace of mind and protection against data leaks, malware, and other potential security threats. What Is Deep Packet Inspection? Specifically, DPI refers to a method of examining and filtering traffic as it passes through a "checkpoint" on your server. Deep packet inspection is the most thorough filtering method currently in existence. In addition to looking at the source IP address, port number, destination IP address, and other basic information, DPI looks even further at individual packets and their data and metadata. As a result of this deeper inspection, DPI can often identify threats that could otherwise be overlooked as traffic passes through a

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What the Titanfall DDoS Fiasco Tells Us About Dedicated Servers

Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks have been a problem in the online gaming industry for years. Unfortunately, the popular game Titanfall has been no exception. This multiplayer game has seen its share of issues throughout the years, with DDoS vulnerabilities causing servers to crash and disconnect users from gameplay. Titanfall's history of ongoing DDoS vulnerabilities can serve as a cautionary tale of sorts, demonstrating an increasing need for functional gaming servers across the industry. A History of Trouble For years after its launch, Titanfall enjoyed a relatively successful reception. In 2014, it was even considered to be one of the best multiplayer shooting games online. Unfortunately, this success was relatively short-lived. In 2019, Titanfall began experiencing serious issues when hackers discovered major security vulnerabilities on the server. As a result, ongoing instances of coordinated DDoS attacks took the Titanfall server down and booted players from their games. Unfortunately, these

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Google Alerts Spreading Malware: What You Need to Know

Google Alerts can be a convenient way to receive notifications on your phone any time new content is posted about something you're interested in. Unfortunately, within the past year, hackers have begun using fraudulent Google Alerts to deliver malware to unsuspecting web users. By understanding how these malware attacks are being carried out and avoiding falling victim, you can keep your important information safe. Google Alerts and Malware: What Happened? In 2020, fraudsters began using black search engine optimization (SEO) and Google Sites to create fake Google Alerts notifications. Specifically, these hackers create fake websites, usually for things like contests, giveaways, and other types of spoofed content from popular sources. From there, scammers use black-hat SEO strategies to help these sites capture the attention of Google's search algorithms. Google Alerts will pick up these sites as legitimate sources, not realizing the links lead to malware, and send out alerts to

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What You Need to Know About Automatic Failover

You rely on your server to keep your data safe and secure. Unfortunately, many scenarios could render a traditional server compromised. From natural disasters to cybersecurity attacks, your sensitive data is never more than one disaster away from potential loss. The good news? There are proactive steps you can take to protect your data and ensure that it is not lost in the event of a disaster or other emergency. Specifically, more people are relying on a redundancy known as automatic failover. By learning more about what automatic failover is and how it can protect your data, you can begin using it for added security and peace of mind. What Is Automatic Failover and How Does It Work? Specifically, automatic failover refers to a practice that allows data handling to automatically be switched to another server or standby system in the event of a disaster or other emergency that could

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Top Advantages of KVM Over IP Functionality

Looking for a way to control your computers and devices remotely from the convenience of one device? If so, then you may want to explore KVM over IP functionality. This type of solution makes it easy for you to access and control every device (provided that it is connected to your server) so that you can manage them from literally anywhere in the world. What Is KVM Over IP, Anyway? So, exactly what is KVM over IP, and how does it work? Specifically, KVM stands for keyboard, video, and mouse. This refers to the equipment needed to control the other devices over an IP, local area network (LAN), or wireless Internet connection.  It is important to understand the difference between a "traditional" KVM solution and a KVM over IP. With a classic KVM connection, a KVM switch connects one computer to other devices through CAT 5 cabling. This traditional KVM

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AMD Ryzen Processors for Dedicated Servers: Why Are They So Popular?

When you're exploring your dedicated hosting options, there are many different factors to consider. From the amount and type of storage available to bandwidth allowances and everything in between, selecting the right dedicated hosting plan requires careful thought and analysis. However, one aspect of your dedicated server that you won't want to overlook is its processor. After all, your processor, also referred to as a central processing unit (CPU), is responsible for processing data, executing program/application commands, and much more.  As you explore your options for brands and types of processors, you'll likely come across AMD Ryzen processors. While these types were previously associated with desktop computers, the reality is that they're being used more often in dedicated hosting — and for good reason. Benefits of AMD Ryzen Processors in Dedicated Hosting If you're presented with the option of choosing an AMD Ryzen processor for your dedicated server host, you

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Why Use Extended Validation SSL Certificates?

When people visit your website, they should feel confidents that they’re browsing safely and securely. Unfortunately, if you don't have some form of secure sockets layer (SSL) certificate in place and readily visible, you could be scaring visitors away – and putting their information at risk. There are many types of SSL certificates available today, including multi-domain and wildcard certificates. However, one specific option you may want to consider (especially if you run an eCommerce business) is an extended validation (EV) SSL certificate. What Is an Extended Validation SSL Certificate? Specifically, an EV SSL certificate provides all of the basic benefits of a standard certificate with the added protection of eCommerce transaction encryption. This means that any financial or personal data you collect from a customer on your site is automatically encrypted. As a result, even if a hacker attempts to gain access to this information, it will require a

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What Are Side-Channel Attacks and Why Are They so Dangerous?

These days, it seems as though new cyber threats are creeping up constantly. In fact, with so many emerging risks (especially in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic), it can be difficult to keep up with the dangers lurking around every facet of the web. Recently, there has been an increase in side-channel attacks. If you've never heard of this type of cyber threat, it’s important to educate yourself, as they can pose a huge risk, even to otherwise well-protected entities. Below, we’re discussing everything you need to know: What Is a Side-Channel Attack? A side-channel attack is a highly advanced cyber threat that uses information leaked by cryptography. This could include, for example, monitoring the electromagnetic field (EMF) radiation emitted by a computer screen to view data or even spying on the power consumption of a device to obtain an encryption key. In some cases, these types of cyber-attack

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The LittleBigPlanet DDoS Attack: What It Means for the Gaming Industry

In the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and stay-at-home orders across the globe, more people are turning to online gaming as a hobby than ever before. Popular online games like Playstation's LittleBigPlanet puzzle game, for example, have an estimated 13.4 million players worldwide. Unfortunately, it seems as though the more popular an online game is, the more prone it is to DDoS and other attacks. This has been the case with LittleBigPlanet, which suffered a major distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack earlier this year. Let’s take a closer look at this issue its consequences. What Happened During the LittleBigPlanet DDoS Attack? In March of 2021, Sony found itself with no choice but to take down its LittleBigPlanet servers following a large DDoS attack that was believed to be carried out by a disgruntled gamer. Even before this event, the game and its servers had fallen victim to a

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