When your outsourced security vendor outsources it’s own security…and things ...

Verizon is trying to make itself out as a security firm…but they failed to ensure their own outsourced vendor had proper security policies and procedures in place: An Israeli technology company has exposed millions of Verizon customer records, ZDNet has learned. As many as 14 million records of subscribers who called the phone giant’s customer services in the past six months were found on an unprotected Amazon S3 storage server controlled by an employee of […]

Make Sure Your Webhost Has Proper Backups

Many web providers out there might have one backup…most do not give you two unless you pay extra.  I hate to see stories like this one…an Australian web host has their systems compromised and they lost everything.  They lost not only their own data but all of their clients data.  What was their biggest flaw?  They did not have an offsite backup for their infrastructure or their client data.  ETC Maryland’s web hosting gives you […]

Major Internet Outage Affecting Comcast and Other Providers

There have been multiple fiber cuts affecting the largest Tier 1 backbone providers.  This is causing connectivity issues for Comcast, Verizon and other providers.  If you are experiencing Internet issues or communications issues this is going to be why.  ETA right now I at least 3-6 hours depending on how quickly crews can get to the affected fiber trunks and/or traffic rerouting can take place. Comcast / Level 3 Issues? (East Cost / Midwest) from […]

How Important is Your Website Security?

Many businesses think their website is just a piece of advertising.  However a website needs to be maintained in terms of updates from a security standpoint.  If your site gets compromised there are tangible detrimental consequences for your business.  Many webhosts give you just some space and send you along your merry way.  If your site gets compromised their extend of fixes is to shutdown your site until you fix things.  While there are many […]

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 […]