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ETC Maryland Rescues Gaming Site

There is a site I frequent called the Christian Gamer’s Alliance.  I used to be many things on the site, server administrator, forums administrator, chat administrator…just to name a few.  Over time I faded away from the site as the clan I was in(God’s Frozen Chosen) disbanded.  The other duties went to other folks who were still active in the Alliance. One day I get contacted by the president of the CGA that their server […]


The FBI’s Nonsensical Advice to Reboot Infected Routers

The gov’t is a dubious source of information about cyber security.  I have personal experience in this area….. Rebooting an infected router will do NOTHING to stop this botnet.  Rebooting the router(and the FBI is aware of this) will only stop the active payload that can lunch attacks.  The payload that allows the re-infection of the device is still inside the devices firmware which will result in a re-infection of the device.  There is only […]



ETC Maryland Now Offers Free Private Domain Registration For All ...

ETC Maryland is proud to announce that effective today, May 31st, 2018 all domain registrations or renewals will now get private domain registrations at no additional charge.  With online privacy being a large concern and online privacy regulations like the EU GDPR now in force, one source of major information leakage was the registration details required by ICANN for domain registrations.  While this information is still required for registration of an Internet domain,  ETC Maryland […]


Managed IT and ETC Maryland

ETC Maryland has not jumped into the “managed IT” for quite a while now.  My main concerns were anything cloud based.  While ETC Maryland sees the market demand for network monitoring I was unable to find a solution that met my security standards. One of the things I wanted to find is a remote monitoring agent WITHOUT remote access built in. I do not want to route remote access through a third party. Every single […]



How does ETC Maryland’s Hosting Stack up Against Bigger Companies?

I am a Brunswick based webhost and I wanted to let you all know you do not have to overpay the bigger boys for many things that can be provided at a much more reasonable cost..or even for no additional cost. If you look at only the bottom line you will miss out on some features that really matter to small business websites: I am not going to match $3/month against Bluehost(A company I actually […]


My Local Backup Strategy

I have not been at my computer as much and I missed the fact that March 31st was world backup day.  This article on extremetech details some of the author’s backup plans. I wanted to have ransomware resistant backups at all levels so my system is a bit more elaborate: Backups are handled by Windows server backup for local backups and CrashplanPro for cloud backups of the entire R610. Windows server backup will not do […]



The Upcoming SSL Deadline. ETC Maryland Has Been Ready.

ETC Maryland has been offering free SSL certificates for nearly two years now.  Working with Curley Marketing, I saw quickly the need to moving to SSL as Google was already informing SEO partners of their intentions to add SSL as a major ranking signal.  ETC Maryland is determined to offer industry standard features, along with competitive cost with a focus on data security for all web hosting clients.  SSL means all traffic between your computer […]


If You Pay The Ransom Do You Get Your Data ...

Ransomware is now making it into mainstream television.  Chicago Med(Season 2 Episode 19) has an episode where they get hit with ransomware.  Unlike Hollywood though most folks who pay loose not only their money but also their data.  I have never been an advocate of having pay the ransom as any line of defense.  Being ransomware resistant is not as difficult or as expensive as trying to recover your data from ransomware criminals.  The big […]



Comcast Business Fiber Fiobles..Temporarily Stymied

November, 2017: I received an e-mail saying that Comcast has pulled fiber into this area and that their gigabit pro service was available to me as a business class customer.  This is a pure fiber to the premises service that would net me 2 gigabits both up and down.  it comes with an IPV4 /30 and an IPV6 /48(Holy crap!).  While this is some super powerful stuff what was even more ridiculous was the price.  […]


Spectre and Meltdown. How Susceptible Are you?

There’s a ton of crap running around about these vulnerabilities.  This video talks about the vulnerabilities on a user level and gives some background on exactly where the problem lies and much you should worry.  A technical paper on this is upcoming.  This is only a basic overview so the non-techies out there can truly understand what is going on.