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10 Best Practices for Ecommerce Security & Ease-of-Use

English: First 4 digits of a credit card

As we all know, making it in this day and age with a cash-only and/or bartering website is difficult. That’s why many online businesses are starting to accept credit cards (these hard plastic things with a bunch of numbers on them). Credit card payments, though, involve security concerns. This piece will explore some of the best practices to ensure your site keeps online payments secure for every possible transaction (including IOUs).

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Virtual Private Servers vs. the Cloud

Choosing any type of hosting solution for your website and applications will undoubtedly get you started, but in order to maximize your budget and achieve your business goals, it is critical to choose the correct solution for your individual demands. In this blog post, we will analyze the differences between a VPS and the cloud and see which option is best for you.

A virtual private server (VPS) configuration provides a web-based machine that emulates a private, dedicated server. This option allows for complete configuration, customization and administration of the software and hardware.

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How the Cloud Makes Analyzing Big Data More Efficient

Have you ever waited until the last minute to complete a critical project, only to find out that you have to process significantly more information than you can actually handle? You watch the clock count the hours and then minutes down to your deadline, but there is still so much material in front of you that you still have left to analyze that you want to just pull out your hair. If you answered yes, you have experienced the concept of big data first hand.

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1TB Bandwidth—How Much is that REALLY?

Early last month, Atlantic.Net officially announced that all virtual private servers (VPS) and cloud servers received an upgrade that provides an increased outbound data transfer capacity of 1 terabyte (TB), absolutely free. This gives our customers the ability to send 1,000 times more outbound data from their VPS and cloud servers than previously available. This essentially eliminates bandwidth costs, ultimately saving you even more money. But, what does the phrase “1TB of outbound data transfer” actually mean?

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Understanding the True Differences between a VPS and a Cloud Server

If you are on the market for a new web hosting solution, you have undoubtedly heard the term “Virtual Private Server hosting.” You may also be intrigued by the concept of cloud hosting. What are the differences and similarities between these two solutions? Which option is most ideal for your personal computing needs?

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Cloud Computing Gives Retailers an Edge in Merchandising

Retail is a continually changing industry that relies on meeting the expectations of customer demands, while finding new ways to improve business operations. What retailers are trying to accomplish today is how they can do more with less, something cloud computing can offer businesses who are faced with the challenge of meeting demands, improving customer service, and connecting with consumers. Cloud servers give retailers the potential to house massive amounts of data in a cost-effective way that benefits their overall operations.

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Cloud Services: Risk or Opportunity?

Cloud computing is certainly not a new concept. However, several factors, including high‐bandwidth levels, affordability and virtualization have inspired a recent surge in attention. With the current unsteady state of the economy, cloud hosting services offer more attractive features when compared to typical server solutions. Still, it is very important to analyze the risks and opportunities before incorporating such a solution.

When searching for vendors offering cloud services, it is important to stray away from small startups and search instead for larger companies, as the former may not be able to offer the long‐term stability offered by well‐reviewed corporations. Do not assume that a cloud service company has adequate staff, equipment and technical skills. Performing thorough research is critical.

As cloud capabilities improve, so do the data centers that provide such capabilities. These data centers are being built on much larger scales, with more power, security and networking resources.

The biggest risk that comes with incorporating a cloud solution is the contract. Pay close attention to the fine print! The Terms of Service, Terms and Conditions, Privacy Policy and all other included documents may contain legal hearsay that could get your business in trouble. For example, you may sign a document that gives the provider the ability to offer your personal information and other possibly incriminating data to third parties without your knowledge.

When looking for a cloud service company, ask yourself some questions: Where will the data be stored, processed and replicated? Who is running the critical infrastructure? What will happen if the provider goes out of business? How easily can third parties access your data? If you need help answering these questions, contact Atlantic.Net today. With our 100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee, you can rest assured knowing that your investment was a large opportunity, not a large risk. Call 1-800-521-5881 to learn more.


Some Benefits of Managed Server Hosting You May Not Have Considered

A large corporation often has the money, time and employees available to maintain an internal server’s infrastructure. However, if you are the average business owner, it is highly likely that you do not have access to such copious resources. The concept of managed server hosting may initially appear intimidating and confusing, but utilizing such a plan is often much more sensible than running your own network.

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Spotlight on cPanel

cPanel is a Unix-based web hosting control panel that provides a graphical user interface (GUI) and automation tools to simplify the website hosting process. cPanel provides various mechanisms that allow administrators, resellers and website owners to control various back-end aspects of website and server administration through a standard web browser such as Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer.

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