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4 Basic Factors In Choosing A Web Hosting Company

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Are you planning to be a website owner? Are you struggling on which hosting company to go for. You are not alone considering the glut of hosting companies now a days as well as the re sellers. Prior to that below are some hosting websites you can use as your basis do your selection:

Some international hosting companies includes

  • GoDaddy.
  • HostGator.
  • Interserver.
  • InMotion Hosting.
  • Bluehost.
  • iPage.
  • HostFav.
  • DreamHost.

In Ghana some hosting companies  which are potentially resellers includes:

  • Ovation Hall
  • Web4Africa
  • Nacroteck
  • Dtech
  • Ultrahost Ghana

Whether it is the conventional hosting or more recent cloud hosting you are looking for it is worth considering the factors below.

1.Hosting Company History: Checking how long long the company has been in existence is very important.  The longer the company has been in existence, the most likely you will find comprehensive trusted and happy clients reviews on several forums. That not with standing some latest hosting website may offer juicy packages to attract customers. Some also try to downplay already existing companies by providing comparative features on their websites. Whereas some of the latest hosting websites may be reliable remember the old wise saying ‘ the devil(old hosting company) you know is better than the angel(latest hosting company) you don’t know. As a rule of thumb you may want to reconsider or avoid hosting companies less than 2 years old track record.

2. Customer support Availability: The last thing you would want to experience is to subscribe to a website hosting plan with poor customer support be it phone or email support. in addition to make sure the hosting company offers 24/7 support system so you don’t have to wait another working day just in case your server goes down and needs some fixing. You can imagine if you have to go through this ordeal of waiting whole weekend till the following Monday working day to access your hosting support. No website owner will want to go through this pain considering the potential loss in traffic and customers. More importantly, looking out for companies that offer toll free customer support and run 24/7 are a favourable option.

3. Hosting Charges: Considering how competitive web hosting has become. Hosting cost can be as low as $5  and as high as $30 per month depending on so many parameters such as number of websites, shared hosting or dedicated hosting,RAM etc. Thus it is important to assess the size or weight of your  website and the projected traffic to assist you in making a cost effective decision.  Interestingly most cloud hosting websites this days offer pay what you use packages of which most website owners find attractive since you only pay what you use. While making your decision it will be prudent to review the company’s refund policy so you don’t get caught up when things go wrong.

4. Hosting Software Interface: Depending on you IT knowledge you may want go for user friendly hosting software or advanced ones. The commonest one on the market is Cpanel with windows or linux platforms. They all come with their pros and cons. It is always advised to check you website requirements to know which Cpanel platform you will need. Personally, I go for hosting companies with Cpanel software since it is user friendly and has complimentary softwares that you can install with a click of a button!

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Akufo-Addo lauds Energy Ministry for leading solar power drive

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Akufo-Addo lauds Energy Ministry for leading solar power drive

President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has applauded the Ministry of Energy for setting the pace by installing 65-kilowatt of solar rooftop system at its premises in Accra.

The move, he noted, is in line with government’s efforts to reduce expenditure on utilities by promoting the use of Rooftop Solar Power by state institutions.

“The Ministry is leading by example with the installation of a 65-kilowatt solar rooftop system at its premises,” he said.

“Jubilee House will also be powered, as from August this year, by solar energy, as an example to other public institutions,” he added.

Delivering State of the Nation Address in Parliament on Thursday, 21st February 2019, President Akufo-Addo stated that solar power is being used globally, because it is relatively cheaper, adding that measures are being put in place to extend the use of solar power nationwide.

“In fact, government’s target is to install up to 200 megawatts of distributed solar power by 2030 in both residential and non-residential facilities in order to reduce Government’s liabilities to ECG,” he revealed.

The use of renewable energy is a priority of the Akufo-Addo led government since in its view it would help secure a cleaner and a more sustainable energy future of the country.

Source: Ghanaweb

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3 Ways to check if hackers can access your email account

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Hackers these days have succeeded in carving an infamous reputation for themselves worldwide. Their activities in the last two decades makes internet security very crucial as far as any online activity is concerned. Top Tech players such as Facebook and Linkedin have had a fair share of website breaches.

The effect of these breaches cannot be over emphasised. The main motivation  is money or ransom payment where hackers harvest userdata such as usernames and passwords and auction it on the dark web unbeknown to the hacked victim. However, I believe most the dangerous group of hackers are those who do it for fun.  They get satisfaction from successfully launching Denial of Service(DoS) attacks on websites hosting account and stealing email account details to harvest debit or credit card information among other things. So you see, the bottom line is money after all.

How do I secure my email account

The truth is that, you can never be too careful. The hackers becoming more sophisticated every other day. However some safety precautions can be taken to ensure you login credentials are not in the public domain. A rule of thumb is that, if you can remember your username and  password, then it can definitely be hacked. Hackers often have the resources to conduct brute force guesses and may be successful at cracking your login details.

Cyber security expert often advice unsuspecting users to avoid using names of relatives and birthdays as login details. This is because such details can easily be sourced from social media accounts and offers hackers more chances of cracking your password by brute force.

It is often advised users constantly check if websites they have accounts with have been breached recently? We will discuss how to do that in the next section.

The use of verified auto generating passwords is also useful to acquire passwords that cannot be cracked by brute force.

According to experts,  one of the the best ways to  protect yourself online is to use unique and strong  passwords for every account such that even if your data is still secured  for other sites even one site is compromised.

How to check if hackers can access your email account

1.  Check if your email account has ever be ‘pwned’

‘pwned’ pronounced as pawned in the internet security circle is used as a slang for breached or compromised. This can be done on Troy Hunt’s haveibeenpwned website  who is a  Microsoft Regional Director.

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This website is a free resource which has record of breached data popular website where users can quickly check by inputting their email address as shown in the below and then instantly returns result such as ‘Oh no — pwned! which means your password might have been compromised in recent data breach if you havent changed it since the last time the breach occurred.  Result which say Good news — no pwnage found! may suggest you are safe from recent data breaches.

See below some the top breaches in history. If you have accounts with them and havent changed your credentials for a very long time. you may have been ‘pwned’ and need to act fast.

2. Check the estimated time your password can be cracked

There are  varying views from experts on how to secure you password from hackers but the truth is there is no surest single way to go by for in as much as top players such as LinkedIn, Adobe and Facebook have been ‘pwned’ before, it is rather easy to hack unsuspecting users who rely on the top directly or indirectly rely on the top players for securing their details.

An inexpensive and free way is to check how secure your password is by using Mark Wales’ estimated time to crack pasword website from his small Hadron Collider Project. This website gives the time a computer can take to crack your password in as low as nanoseconds!. As can be send a password such ‘enewsghana’ can be cracked in estimated time shown below!

Check how secure your password is

You are further given options on how to streghthen your password. Users are to note that  ‘these site is for educational use and also the developers mention that due to limitations of the technology involved, the results cannot always be accurate. Also tested password are not sent  the internet.

3. Test the complexity of your password

The use of tools to assist with making your password exist  and users need to take advantage of it to stay safe online. Many of such tools exist which are paid services. But my favourite free online tool for generating my password is the password generation tool  which offers users to create passwords from 6(weak) to 2048(unbelievable)! characters while meeting 9 stringent conditions. The website further gives you 39 tips on how to prevent hackers from cracking your credentials.

secure your password generator - enenewsghana

1password is also a useful website which autogenerates complex websites but free offer is only for 30 days and has the addesd advantage of being integrated with most websites so all passwords can be controlled at one place.

Macbooks normally suggest auto generating passwords which is strongly recommended.

 

In conclusion, data breaches is a matter of great concern these days an online users must make conscious effort not to fall victim of these hackers and gain satisfaction from stealing peoples data. In short using the checks provided above, one can likely generate a robust login credentials which will be be a great pain for hackers to crack by the combination of know methods such as brute force or dictionary attack method and social engineering.

Before you fall victim make sure, you are using a variety of characters, password length is not short, is not just a word!
Users can also opt for password managers which are being patronised lately, These include dashlane website which allows you to securely store upto 50 passwords on the free plan.

Stay safe online.

Source: Enewsghana.com

 

 

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Data Protection Commission celebrates ‘Data Protection and Privacy Day’ January 28

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Data Protection Commission celebrates ‘Data Protection and Privacy Day’ January 28

Data Protection Commission celebrates ‘Data Protection and Privacy Day’ January 28

The Data Protection Commission (DPC) is set to join the world to celebrate Data Protection and Privacy Day under the theme “A New Chapter in Enforcing Accountability and Empowering Data Subjects.”

The week-long celebration which begins on January 28, 2019 will be marked with series of national activities to educate citizens about the importance of keeping personal data safe.

The activities include the launch of the National Youth Sensitization program and interactive Radio and TV program.

The National Youth Sensitization program according to the DPC in a press release, will focus on regional sensitization events in selected schools in the Western, Northern, and Ashanti regions to educate the digitally savvy youth about privacy and data protection Rights and empower them.

On February 6, 2019, the DPC will officially open a new Data Commission Office to unveil a new brand identity and also launch the 2019 work plan and National Awareness Campaign through youth sensitization.

Read the full statement below

Data Protection Commission (DPC) celebrates Data Protection and Privacy Day on 28th January and Data Protection Week commencing 28th January

Source: ghanaweb.com

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