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Was Your E-Commerce Hosting ready for the Black Friday Rush?

Adnan Raja December 8, 2017 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

In 2016, for the first time in history, Americans spent more money online on Black Friday than they did in retail, avoiding the trampling crowds searching packed department stores for the best deals in retail.

A full 108.5 million customers did their shopping online, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation: nearly 10 million more than the 99.1 million that braved the weather and crowds to do their shopping in person.

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Why Choose Atlantic.Net Over the Big Guys

Jennifer Rey November 30, 2017 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

Our knowledge and available time drive our choices. For example, suppose you have a leaky faucet. Should you call a handyman or fix it yourself? If you feel comfortable with plumbing, know how things work inside a faucet, and have the time, you’ll probably go to your nearest big box hardware store, buy a few parts, and fix the faucet yourself. On the other hand, if you don’t know anything about faucets, or if you don’t have time to do the repair yourself, you’ll probably call a handyman. Your knowledge about how faucets work and how much time you have drive your decision about how to fix your leaky faucet.

When it comes to cloud hosting, these factors also apply. If you know a lot about cloud hosting or have people who can manage things for you, selecting a do-it-yourself cloud hosting provider like Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, or Google Compute Engine might be a good option for you. However, if you don’t know a lot about cloud hosting or don’t have the time or people to take care of it, you’ll probably look for a cloud hosting provider who can set you up with the right solution and then make sure it stays up and running.

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How to Prevent a Cyber Attack

Adnan Raja November 29, 2017 by under Managed Hosting 0 Comments

One of my favorite movies of the 1980s is “Wargames,” in which a teenage hacker, played by Matthew Broderick, accidentally activates a nuclear defense computer program named ‘Joshua.’ The program contemplates launching the US’ arsenal of nuclear weapons in a preemptive strike against the Soviet Union. With the computer seizing the missile codes, the military officers at NORAD attempt to simply turn the system off to prevent the incursion. When they reboot, Joshua starts right back up again.

Cyber attacks today are just like Joshua – you can’t simply turn off the system and make the threat disappear. You can implement preventative measures into your business’s infrastructure to vastly lower the chance of a cyber attack against your business. Let’s take a deeper dive into those practices after exploring the modern world of the cyber attack.

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Improve HIPAA Compliance with Secure Messaging

Adnan Raja November 7, 2017 by under HIPAA Compliant Hosting 0 Comments

When Congress enacted the Final Omnibus Rule in 2013, many healthcare organizations, doctors and administrators became concerned about how they and their entities would maintain HIPAA compliance. As these individuals soon found out, HIPAA compliance was difficult to implement and maintain. The biggest challenges administrators faced was understanding what HIPAA-compliance meant and realizing what they needed to change in their day-to-day workflow in general and communications, in particular.

The goal of this blog is to bring some clarity to the issues that have arisen around HIPAA compliance for healthcare institutions as well as to highlight how the adoption of secure messaging solutions can improve compliance.

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How to Reduce Your PCI Scope When Accepting Payments

Adnan Raja October 28, 2017 by under Dedicated Hosting 0 Comments

Accepting credit card payments can greatly boost your business’s bottom line, but it comes with an immense responsibility. Anyone paying attention to the news knows how ubiquitous credit card breaches and hacks have become, with Target, Home Depot, and now even Equifax — a premier U.S. credit bureau — falling victim to data breaches that compromise precious cardholder and personal data.

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Comparison: Amazon AWS vs. Atlantic.Net

Derek Wiedenhoeft October 28, 2017 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

 

Who you choose to be your Cloud provider is a critical decision that can affect the success of your business. Atlantic.Net offers great, affordable Cloud Hosting solutions for businesses of any size. We’re certain that after you see how we compare with Amazon AWS and the benefits we bring, like customized setup, hybrid solutions, and all-star support, that the decision will be clear.

 

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Encryption in the Atlantic.Net Cloud Platform

Derek Wiedenhoeft October 25, 2017 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

The Atlantic.Net Cloud Platform encrypts customer data stored at rest by default with no additional action required by the customer. This is accomplished through industry standardized encryption mechanisms.

Atlantic.Net believes encryption of customer’s data at rest shouldn’t be an optional feature and is now a requirement of all computing. That’s why our world-class encryption is implemented in a transparent manner, with no further need for configuration by the user.

Key Features
  • Data is automatically encrypted prior to being written to the disk.
  • Data is encrypted using Advanced Encryption Standard 256-bit (AES-256). This encryption standard is the only publicly accessible encryption cipher approved by the National Security Agency (NSA) for top secret information.
  • Each encryption key used to encrypt data is itself encrypted with a set of master keys.

Note: Encryption of data stored at rest is an important part of a broader data security strategy and
should not be considered the only mechanism for securing data.

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My business is starting to grow, and my bank says I need PCI compliance – Where do I start?

Adnan Raja October 3, 2017 by under Managed Hosting 0 Comments

PCI compliance is the leading industry standard for secure handling of payment card data, and is generally required for businesses accepting credit, debit or other payment cards, as well as the companies that supply them with services, software and hardware to process those payments.

The Payment Cards Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council (SSC) was formed in 2006 by five leading credit card companies, and sets security standards which provide the assurance which underpins payment processing arrangements and partnerships. For this reason, it is very common for banks to require businesses to demonstrate PCI compliance when they are handling sensitive customer payment data.

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Content Delivery Networks – What They Are and Why They’re Powerful

Derek Wiedenhoeft September 30, 2017 by under Managed Hosting 0 Comments

One of the most important factors impacting web performance has nothing to do with the technology itself, but where it sits on the planet. Greater physical distance between a server and client (the user) can slow down the rate and reliability of even the most performant service. Content delivery networks (CDNs), seek to solve this issue by getting the servers closer to the site visitors, customizing the delivery to suit individualized worldwide position. A content delivery network is a vast collection of cache servers that leverage geolocation to determine where a website’s content is delivered from.

Reducing latency is one of the most important reasons that content delivery networks are used. The closer the data is to the end-user, the faster it can be sent to them. For services that depend on real-time, continuous data on a global scale, CDNs are critical.

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