System Administration
The Slashdot Effect: What It Is & How to Prepare Your Website

The internet is an unpredictable place. Even when traffic on your website seems relatively steady from one day or week to the next, it doesn't take much for a sudden influx of visitors to cause issues with your server. Of course, the last thing you need is for your site to crash when demand is at its peak. A variety of factors can lead to web traffic spikes, from seasonality (i.e., an increase in online shopping during the holidays) to DDoS attacks. Below, we’re discussing a lesser-known issue that could lead to a higher volume of visitors, so you can ensure your website is prepared. Let’s take a look! What Is the Slashdot Effect? The Slashdot effect (also known as the Reddit effect or the Reddit "hug of death") occurs when a site crashes due to a sudden and unexpected spike in traffic. This increase happens when a link to

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What to Do After Falling Victim to a Data Breach

Unfortunately, data breaches have become a relatively common security issue online, affecting organizations of all sizes and leaving millions of users’ information exposed. As a business owner, your clients and customers rely on you to keep their information safe. This includes payment data, names, addresses, and anything else you may have stored in your system. Hopefully, your business will never fall victim to a data breach. However, it's important to plan for the possibility. By understanding what to do after a data breach, you can take the necessary steps to mitigate damage and prevent the same issues from occurring again. 1. Update Your Online Logins When a data breach occurs, your usernames, passwords, and other login information are no longer secure. Therefore, one of the first steps you'll need to take is to update passwords on all of your online accounts – especially those associated with your business. If you have

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Top Data Backup Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

Backing up your data should be a key component of your cybersecurity plan. Unfortunately, when backups aren't done correctly, you could be leaving yourself vulnerable to devastating data loss. By being aware of a few of the most common data backup mistakes and how to avoid them – and by having the right hosting plan in place – you can enjoy a little extra confidence and peace of mind. Let’s take a look! Not Backing Up to a Remote Location While there's nothing inherently wrong with keeping an on-site data backup, you should also have one stored in a third-party location. This is important because if something happens at your place of business (such as a flood that destroys your hardware), you'll need to make sure you still have a copy of your data saved elsewhere. On its own, an on-site backup isn't going to do you much good. Try sticking to

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Four Ways to Enhance Your Online Gaming Experience

If you're into online gaming, then you might also be familiar with the frustration that comes with a slow PC or internet connection. Running into frequent lag and connectivity issues can take the joy out of gaming, but the good news is that there are a few things you can do to enhance your experience. 1. Invest in a Custom Gaming PC If you haven't done so already, consider treating yourself to a custom-built gaming PC. You might actually be surprised at how affordable these computers can be, especially if you have the knowledge and experience to build your own. Even if you need to hire someone else to set up your gaming PC for you, these machines can be quite affordable when you shop around and select your own components, such as the: Processor Graphics/video card Memory Hard drive With a PC built specifically for gaming, you should be

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Why Windows 7 Users Need to Upgrade ASAP

When it comes to Microsoft operating systems, Windows 10 is the latest and greatest. So, why are people still using outdated versions like Windows 7? For some, it's easy to cling to an old operating system (OS) when you rely on it for running a specific program that may not be supported by a newer version. Many users also avoid upgrades because they’re afraid of the learning curve that comes with new systems. However, by using Windows 7 past its prime, you could be putting your data at risk. Below, we’re discussing the Windows 7 end-of-life and what it means for people who are still using it. Let’s take a look! Limited Support for Windows 7 Microsoft stopped supporting Windows 7 on January 14th, 2020, which means that there are no longer security updates, patches, or even technical support for this operating system. For businesses still using Windows 7, there is a

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Top Firewall Mistakes That Compromise Data Security

Installing a firewall is one of the easiest and most effective steps you can take to protect your network and information. And with so many firewall options available, you can choose the one that best suits your needs.  However, simply installing a firewall isn't enough to optimize your security. When a firewall is set up or implemented improperly, it is far less effective, and could pose several security threats. By having a better understanding of some of the most common firewall mistakes and how to avoid them, you can improve your data security and enjoy added peace of mind. 1. Leaving Unnecessary Services Running When setting up a firewall, it's important to review the services that are running to ensure nothing is bogging it down unnecessarily. All too often, users fail to take the proper time to check which services are on, and any obsolete or irrelevant features could slow down your firewall or

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Everything You Need to Know About Remote Backup for WordPress

WordPress is a popular application that makes it easy to build, update, and maintain your own website – and for the most part, it’s pretty secure and reliable. However, as with any site-building platform, there is no way to guarantee that your WordPress website will never fall victim to an attack or a data breach. Whether you run a professional business site or a personal blog, chances are you’ve invested a lot of time and money into your web content. From writing articles to formatting pages and getting your layout just right, you’ve worked hard to ensure that your website is perfect. Therefore, it would be devastating if your website’s data was compromised and wiped out by a hacker. Luckily, there is a simple solution: WordPress backups. By taking the time to back up your WordPress site, you could save yourself a lot of headaches down the road. Not sure where

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How SSL Certificates Can Boost SEO

Does your website have an SSL certificate? If not, then now may be the time to get one. A Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate is like a virtual padlock that helps to protect your visitors’ data. This can give users added peace of mind when they enter usernames, passwords, and even payment information on your site. In fact, security-conscious individuals often look for this certificate when determining a website’s legitimacy and safety. There are many benefits to having an SSL certificate displayed on your website, including an improved reputation and added security. However, many website owners don't realize that this certificate can also boost your search engine optimization (SEO), thus improving your search engine rankings and potentially making your site easier to find. Improving SEO With an SSL Certificate How can having an SSL certificate boost your SEO? For starters, the algorithms that Google uses to rank websites on search engine results

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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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