Two-Factor Authentication and Client Area Optimizations

two-factor authentication for hostingSecurity has always been of utmost importance to us here at Simple Source Solutions. Keeping your getsimple.net login details safe is right at the top of the list for us. In addition to a myriad of optimizations enhancements to speed your browsing experience within our client area, you now have the option of enabling two-factor authentication on your getsimple.net account to protect your accounts. 

What is Two-Factor Authentication?

Two-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security by adding a second step to logging into your client area at getsimple.net. By taking something you know, such as your password, and adding a second factor, such a device generated code (i.e. on your smartphone), even if an attacker has your password they're prevented from accessing your account.

Why is Two-Factor Authentication Needed?

Despite advice to the contrary, users don't change passwords often enough and tend to use a "favorite" password for more than one service–making it very easy to compromise. So, two-factor helps provide a solution to this problem by providing a second layer of security.

So How Does It Work?

The method we've chosen to impliment employs time-based, 6 digit codes that change every thirty seconds as the second factor to your getsimple.net account password. You simply install Google Authenticator on your iOS or Android Device and visit your getsimple.net account where you can enable the service under Your Greeting > Change Password > Security Settings. You'll be asked to scan a QR code using google authenticator to setup the service. Once setup you can use the app for future access codes.

This is a simple solution that provides you with extra security in keeping your private account information private. Does your existing hosting provider give two-factor authentication as an option for added security? Get. Simple. 

 

 

Welcoming all Joomla 1.5 Users

Joomal 1.5 forced update to Joomla 2.5

Shared hosting customers of some of the larger web hosting companies out there have started receiving unfriendly notices from their once trusted host. In a nutshell, the notices from JustHost and BlueHost and others state that Joomla 1.5 websites will be automatically updated to Joomla 2.5 in the coming days. Needless to say, this will create all sorts of issues and errors to appear on their customers' websites.

Why are they doing this?

Our guess is that this is a security move by these companies out of sheer ignorance. Joomla 1.5.26 does have some security flaws out of the box that do have patches available. Why not just offer to apply the patch...or even ask that the customer apply the patch by a certain date? We're not sure, but instead these hosts have chosen to send, what amounts to, eviction notices to their Joomla 1.5 hosted customers.

If it's not being done out of ignorance, then it's ambivalence toward 1.5 users, which would make the move all the more sad. 

So, if you've received one of these notices, what are your viable options?


Simple Source is here to help

If you're a soon to be refugee from one of these hosting companies, we would be honored to serve the hosting needs of your Joomla 1.5 website. We've been offering hosting services to our Joomla users since 2007 and have the experience needed to be your reliable and trustworthy hosting partner. We employ a set of stringent security controls that help keep your site running without a hitch and without inconveniencing you as some have chosen as an attempt at security. We proactively maintain all of our servers to ensure optimal performance and monitor services on each service in 5 minute intervals to quickly respond to any issues that may arrise. We're more capable of serving your hosting needs. 

Get Simple and get away from these hosts

We can migrate your sites from these providers free of charge and ensure that the latest patches have been applied to your Joomla 1.5 install. Furthermore, when signing up, use promo code: JOOMLA15REFUGEE to automatically receive 20% off of your order.

Get updated with care

We do a lot of Joomla website updates for our customers and even for people not hosting with us. If you're looking to have your site updated to Joomla 3 or Joomla 2.5, the right way, we can generally get this accomplished for you in as little as a few days to a few weeks for more complicated websites.  If you're choosing to host with us, we even give you a significant discount off of our update service.  

We're sorry you're experiencing the incovenience of this awkwardly forced sitution. Whatever you choose to do, you can rest assured that Simple Source is here to support you in the days ahead.

Cyber Monday 50% OFF Sale

50% off Cyber Monday PromoIn celebration of Cyber Monday, we're offering 50% OFF all shared hosting services and domain registrations for any new hosting accounts or domains registrations/transfers. This includes all new accounts on the following plans:

Yes, the promo applies when upgrading account specifications (such as disk space, bandwidth, email accounts, etc) or even when upgrading plans (e.g. Simple Hosting Plan to Business Web Hosting Plan).
 
When placing your order use promo code: CYBERMONDAY50%OFF(click code to automatically apply to your cart)
 
Remember, we're only offering this deal today, so now is the perfect time to make a switch. We would be honored to have your business. Enjoy the savings!
 
Happy Cyber Monday!

(P.S. If you like this deal, don't forget to share with your friends)

How We Handled the Recent Joomla Vulnerability

Joomla Hosting Security ReleaseWhat you have in place to protect your Joomla site is so very important when critical security issues are discovered such as the recent vulnerabilities patched by the Joomla Project with the release of Joomla 3.1.5 and 2.5.14.

Shortly after the release of 3.1.4 and 2.5.13, it was discovered that there was a security hole in the media manager that allowed for an attacker to upload malicious contents via a registered user account. It was also discovered that this vulnerability affected older, no longer supported, Joomla 1.5.x websites. Luckily some great folks in the Joomla Community released a patch for Joomla 1.5 addressing the issue. The vulnerability that these updates patched would grant a hacker access to virtually anything under the vulnerable hosting account, so it's very important that you get your sites updated if you haven't already.

While this this may sound scary to Joomla hosters, the layers of security and options we have in place make us very prepared to take on the task of protecting our customers from such a threat.

Proactive updates for 3.5.x and 2.5.x sites

Our Total Website Maintenance Plan customers never have to wonder if their sites are up-to-date with such releases. Like always, all of their site files and databases were first backed up, and then were updated to the latest version the very same day the updates were released. The same day the community released the patch for Joomla 1.5, our customers with 1.5 sites received the patch. Our maintenance plan customers also enjoy proactive updates as released by the developer to any of their Joomla extensions which have become vulnerable. Just so you're aware, vulnerable extension updates are something that nifty update services simply aren't able to perform.

We understand that some customers don't want us messing with their site files and databases and have good reasons for such, so for customers not on our maintenance plan we provide a tool named installatron to easily roll your own installs and updates. If you're using installation to manage your site with us, we do periodically backup out-of-date scripts and apply minor releases.

Insulation from inattentive site owners

There's no need to fear other customers who never update their sites when you Get Simple. All of our shared hosting accounts have layers of insulation between them and are more than secure. Even those with SSH access are only granted jailed shell access after jumping through some internal security protocols.

Addtionally, we employ very powerful malware detection and quarantine software on our servers which scan files and compares them against a database of definitions that are updated daily. Scans are performed actively as files are uploaded and as file changes are made on the server. If files are found to contain malicious content, they're immediately moved over to a quarantine area before the hacker can execute any of their malicious code. This means, should a site become hacked, the hacked site can then be easily restored from one of our managed backups and then have the necessary updates applied. This also means much more secure servers, hosting account, and prevention of issues such as mail server IP blacklisting.

What the future holds

If all of these security measures and features sound pretty swell to you, we have some pretty exciting plans for our Joomla hosting customers which will include all of this, total management of your Joomla site, something a bit cloudy, and more all rolled into one simple hosting service. We don't want to let too much out of the bag quite yet, but be aware that you should be excited…and if you really must know, feel free to contact sales so we can give you some more info.

50% OFF Year End Savings and more

50% off Web Hosting PromotionChristmas is coming a few days early this year and we're bringing the presents.

If you're familar with Simple Source, you're fully aware that we don't run promotions very often because we believe we offer high quality services at very affordable prices to our customers. So, you probably already know that discounts on our hosting services are rare...especially deep discounts like we're offering until the end of the year. If you've been thinking about getting away from your current host, there's really never been a better time to Get Simple.

For the remainder of 2012, use promo code YEAREND50 to received 50% off your Simple Hosting Plan and Joomla Hosting Plan orders. If you've been eyeing our Business Web Hosting Plan, you're in luck. We're also cutting it by 30% until the end of the year. Use promo code BIZYEAREND30 to receive the discount.

Both of these promotions are available on new orders placed by new AND existing customers...while resources last. This is a great way to save a ton of money–giving you the potential to literally save hundreds of dollars over your current host and on our already affordable plans. SIGNUP TODAY to take advantage of these incredible savings! 

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Joomla Upgrade - Up to 30% Off Joomla Upgrade Promotion

Upgrade JoomlaIf you're using Joomla on your website and your website was launched before January of 2012, your website is out-of-date at this point. If you're still using Joomla 1.0 or Joomla 1.5, you should really upgrade to Joomla 2.5 as soon as possible, not only for security reasons, but because Joomla 2.5 offers so many great features.

New Features available when you upgrade your old Joomla website

Depending on the version of Joomla you're upgrading from you may enjoy the following new features that Joomla 2.5 has to offer:

  • ACL - granular permissions control for users and content via the access control system
  • Easy Updates - The automated notification of Joomla! core and extension updates
  • Smart Search - a faster, more user-friendly search experience for your visitors
  • Multi-Database Support - it's now possible to run the Joomla! CMS on many different databases, not just MySQL and MySQLi.
  • CAPTCHA built into the core of Joomla
  • Ability to copy a template
  • Implementation of Terms of Service in User Profile Plugin
  • Use the Images and URL Fields to Create Simple Standardized Layouts
  • Choose whether Administrator to Get Email When New Users Register
  • Addition of Counter to redirect component
  • Ability to add notes to Menu ItemsMenu Item Note
  • Ability to add custom text filters
  • Greater Flexibility Filtering by Category in Article Manager
  • Manager for Language Overrides
  • Ability to add User Notes
  • Flexible Newsfeed Order
  • Ability to add Image for the Offline Page
  • Option to Have a Site Come Up Offline After Installation
  • Better Performance in Menu Item Edit page
  • Alternate meta tags for multi-lingual sites
  • Improved Search Engine Optimization (SEO) via the new system plugin
  • Hundreds of bug fixes and more!

Why is it important to upgrade to Joomla 2.5?

Official support for the 1.0 branch of Joomla ended in July of 2009. Official support for Joomla 1.5 was ended by the Joomla project in September of 2012. This means that the Joomla project no longer releases security updates for these branches of Joomla.

Joomla 1.0 will not function properly on servers running newer versions of PHP. So, if you haven't already run into this issue, you will soon enough. It's going to become exceedingly difficult to find a hosting company that still has servers that will support your old Joomla website. Over time, the site functions of older versions of Joomla will no longer be supported by any hosting company.

What do you offer with your Joomla update service?

Every website is unique, so for starters, we'll examine your Joomla installation in detail and provide you with a quote for what it will cost to upgrade your website. To upgrade your website to Joomla 2.5 we will:

  • do all work locally so that you experience no downtime on your website
  • review your installed extensions, update them to the latest version on Joomla 2.5
  • locate comparable extensions to any old extensions that are no longer being developed and migrate your data to the new extensions
  • review and make any necessary changes to your Joomla template files
  • review and make changes to your database data, migrating your data to Joomla 2.5
  • work with you to install your newly upgraded site for you or we can simply provide you with the upgraded site files and database

So, what's the Joomla upgrade promotion you're offering?

Our standard hourly rate for most services is $65 an hour, so we're cutting you a break by giving you 10% off the standard hourly rate. Furthermore, if you switch to using our great hosting services, we'll give you an additional 20% off our standard hourly rate. Combined together, you'll save 30% off our standard rate services. This means you're going to save $20 off of our hourly rate, which is a huge discount off of Joomla Upgrade service. You're going to be hard pressed to find a better deal on Upgrading your Joomla website from an equally reputable web service provider.

Get Simple and save yourself some money and some headaches on upgrading your Joomla website today.

Contact our Sales Department to get a quote for upgrading your Joomla website with Simple Source Solutions.

Should I upgrade to Joomla 3.0?

Should I update to Joomla 3.0?We've had many customers asking, "should I update to Joomla 3.0?". For the majority of you reading this, the short answer to that question is simply, "No". Joomla 3.0 is a standard-term release and is only intended for developers or for users who really need the new features. The availability of 3rd party extensions for Joomla 3.0 is going to be pretty limited for some time, so if you're already using Joomla 2.5 we recommend waiting for Joomla 3.5.

What if I'm currently using Joomla 1.0 or Joomla 1.5?

We are currently migrating the last of our customers off of Joomla 1.0 does not work with PHP 5.3.  If you're still using Joomla 1.0, it's going to become increasily more difficult to find a host willing to provide you with PHP 5.2, so it's recommended that you migrate as soon as possible.

Support for Joomla 1.0 ended in 2009 and support for Joomla 1.5 is set to end soon, which means no more official security releases will be provided for Joomla 1.5.  So, you should strongly consider migrating to Joomla 2.5 soon. If you need assistance with migrating your website, we do provide this as a service and are happy to provide you with a quote. Drop us a sales request with details about your website and we will get back with you shortly.  

Site Launch Promotion - Get 10% Off

Web Hosting PromotionGetting our new site out the door is something worth celebrating. We're inviting you to join the party. 

To celebrate our new website launch, we are offering 10% off all new web hosting, domain registrations/transfers, and SSL certificate orders throughout the entire month of August or until existing server resources have been exhausted.

To take advantage of this offer, use promo code JI9E8LFH9L when placing your order. Feel free to share this code with all of your buds and pals. 

 

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Two-Factor Authentication and Client Area Optimizations
Security has always been of utmost importance to us here at Simple Source Solutions. Keeping your getsimple.net login details safe is right at the top of the list for us. In... Read More...
Welcoming all Joomla 1.5 Users
Shared hosting customers of some of the larger web hosting companies out there have started receiving unfriendly notices from their once trusted host. In a nutshell, the... Read More...
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