System Administration
Full-Disk Versus File System Encryption: Choosing the Right Approach

Encrypting your data is essential if you're looking to optimize security on a dedicated server. Specifically, data encryption refers to a process where information is translated into an unreadable "code" to minimize the risk of unauthorized access. When data is encrypted, hackers typically aren't able to get any use out of files or folders – even if they’re successful in viewing them. What many people don't realize, however, is that there are two methods of data encryption – full disk encryption and file/folder encryption. While both methods yield similar results and have the same end-goal, they are carried out in different ways. By having a better understanding of how these two methods work, you can determine which encryption option is best for your security needs. Full-Disk Encryption vs. File System Encryption With full-disk encryption, the entire storage disk is secured using a specific, unique key. This is generally the quickest and

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Maintaining a Dedicated Server for Beginners

If you’ve just made the switch to dedicated hosting, chances are you’re feeling a bit unsure about your ability to maintain a server. While the prospect of handling dedicated server maintenance on your own may seem intimidating, it doesn’t have to be difficult. By following some basic steps, even total beginners can successfully manage and maintain their servers. Back-Up Your Information Having a data backup plan in place is a must when it comes to managing your dedicated server and improving your overall security. While these servers are quite secure on their own, it's always a good idea to have a remote backup in place to protect your sensitive information. Fortunately, ReliableSite offers a wide range of storage options to suit your needs, including an easy-to-use File Transfer Protocol (FTP) backup service. With this type of backup, you’ll always have a recent copy of your information stored elsewhere for quick

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The Most Important Specs to Consider When Choosing a Dedicated Server

In the market for a dedicated server? Whether you're looking for dedicated server hosting for your website, email server, or even gaming, the process of choosing the exact server configuration that's best for you can be challenging. This is especially true if you're not familiar with dedicated hosting technology or what the many specifications mean. Part of the beauty of opting for a dedicated server is that you can truly personalize your hosting plan. This ensures that you're paying for exactly what you need and nothing more. However, before you get started putting together your ideal dedicated server, there are several specifications to be aware of. CPU As you explore your central processing unit (CPU) options for your dedicated server, you'll find that there are two main brands available – AMD and Intel. For many years, Intel dominated with their processors, but AMD stepped back into the game in 2019. AMD introduced

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Could Upgrading to a Dedicated Server Boost Your Site’s SEO?

No matter what industry you're in, having your website optimized for search engines is a must. Optimization makes it easier for potential customers to stumble across your site organically, which can increase business and boost your reputation. Search engine optimization (SEO) is one of many services offered by marketing firms – but did you know that simply choosing the right hosting for your site could help with your SEO efforts? Let’s take a closer look at how a dedicated server can improve your site’s SEO. Site Speed and SEO Rankings These days, speed is a major factor that search engines like Google take into consideration when ranking websites. There are several free tools, such as WebPageTest.org, that allow you to test your site's speed. These resources can also help you pinpoint slow-downs or other speed issues that could be negatively impacting your SEO. Individual page load times are also taken into account by Google when

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Five Things You Need to Know When Moving Your Site to a New Web Host

Unhappy with your current web host? If so, it may be time to make the switch to a new one. All too often, people will stick with a web hosting company they don't like because they assume that switching will require too much work. In reality, changing web hosts doesn't have to be a headache. Let’s take a look at a few important tips worth keeping in mind before you get started. 1. Migration Services Can Save You Time Depending on the hosting company you're switching to, you may have access to free or discounted migration services, where a dedicated server host will handle the transition for you. Whether you’re new to web hosting or don’t have time to handle all of the details, migration services are worth taking advantage of! 2. Make a Note of Specific Settings If you’ll be handling the transition to a new web host on your own,

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SSL Certificates: What Are They and How Can They Benefit Your Site?

Today's web users are more skeptical than ever, especially when it comes to giving out personal or financial information on the internet. With cyber-security threats and data breaches lurking around every corner of the web, it's no wonder why people are so hesitant. Fortunately, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certification can provide website visitors with added security and peace of mind. If you're looking to boost your site's security and reputation, it's time to familiarize yourself with the benefits of SSL certification. What is an SSL Certificate? An SSL certificate is a series of data files that can be installed on a website's server to activate a virtual "padlock." This lock offers added protection for all connections made across the server and browser. Most often, SSL certificates are used to protect online payment information, usernames and passwords, and files during data transfer. To determine whether or not a website has an SSL certificate,

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Tips for Organizing DNS Records on Your Dedicated Server

Whether you've recently switched web servers or are thinking about transitioning, one of the most important steps you'll need to take is updating your Domain Name System (DNS) records. If this is the first time you've switched servers, you may be wondering why you need to update these records, how to do it, and – oh, yeah – what are DNS records, anyway? What Is a DNS Record? The primary purpose of a DNS record is to make your website searchable and accessible on the internet. This happens through a series of settings that direct a domain towards your server's unique IP address. The nice thing about DNS records is that they allow you to keep your domain name, even when you change servers. However, when you make the switch over to a new server or hosting company, these records need to be updated so your domain directs site visitors

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How to Optimize Your Dedicated Server

Unrivaled customization and flexibility are a few of the main reasons why people choose dedicated server hosting over other options. However, if you're not customizing your dedicated server to meet your specific needs, you may not be getting the most out of your hosting plan. Not sure where to begin when it comes to optimizing your dedicated server? We've got some tips worth following. 1. Adjust Priority Settings One of the easiest and most effective steps you can take to optimize a server is to adjust your priority settings. This will essentially allow you to control the order in which your server carries out specific tasks and for how long. Most servers, by default, run at "normal priority." You have the option to change this setting to "high priority," which can reduce page-loading times and cut down on overall latency. Your specific priority options can vary depending on your server and operating system,

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What’s Involved in Creating a Dedicated Email Server?

If you run a business of any size, having a secure server for company emails is a must. Unfortunately, many businesses still rely on shared servers and other unreliable hosting options for their email needs. Not only can this put your company's sensitive information at risk, but (depending on the industry in which your business operates) it could also open you up to HIPAA fines and penalties. By using a dedicated server for email hosting, you can keep sensitive information safe and enjoy many other practical benefits. What is a Dedicated Email Server? A dedicated email server is hosted only for your business email. This type of mail server hosting doesn't share resources with other users but enjoys its very own dedicated hardware and data center space. Benefits of Dedicated Email Server Hosting Using a dedicated hosting company for your email server can benefit your business in a number of ways. For starters, dedicated servers mean never having

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Five Ways to Increase Your Website’s Speed

No matter what industry you're in, your website's speed is more important today than ever before. Not only can a slow website affect your user experience, but it may also have a negative impact on your search engine optimization (SEO). After all, today's search engine algorithms are beginning to take website speed into account. With all this in mind, now is a good time to make sure your site's speed is optimized. Not sure where to begin? We recommend running a website speed test to see where you stand. From there, a few practical and effective tips can help you improve your speed. 1. Opt for a Dedicated Server Start by considering your current hosting plan. If you're on a shared or free hosting plan, it's time to upgrade. Unfortunately, free and shared hosting options simply cannot offer the site speed that today's users expect and demand. The best thing you can

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