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Why You Should Backup Your Website

One of the services we provide is web hosting, and often times, we work with clients whose websites are hosted elsewhere that want to move their website to Barred Owl Web infrastructure. Most of the time, moving a website off of one hosting platform onto Barred Owl...

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Internet Scams – Technical Support & Domain Names

Since the internet was first conceived in the 1960s, it has served as a powerful tool for communications, networking and logistics. Unfortunately, it has also provided criminals and other crooks more ways (and easier ways) to commit their evil deeds. There are many...

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Introduction to SSH and SSH Keys

SSH (Secure Shell) is "a protocol for secure remote login and other secure network services over an insecure network." (See RFC 4253). Webmasters are familiar with FTP, or "File Transfer Protocol", which lets them connect to a remote server in order to upload and...

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High Availability Web Hosting

Have you ever wondered why it seems Google, Facebook, Netflix, Amazon, or another large website almost never seems to go down? As cloud services become more pervasive, "downtime" is becoming a thing of the past. Downtime, as the word implies, is an indication that a...

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Web Hosting and Website Maintenance

One of the concepts several of our clients and people I talk to on "the street" routinely misunderstand is the difference between website maintenance and website hosting. In one of the first blog posts I wrote, I explained that there are 3 different costs to building...

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Securing your CRM Donor & Client Data

In a blog post I wrote last year about Constituent Relationship Management systems, I listed several common CRMs that are available for nonprofit organizations. As I wrote, your needs as an organization - and how you need to manage your data - should come first. The...

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Your Computer Equipment & Surge Protection

Let's face it. Computer equipment, servers, and network appliances including routers, switches & firewalls are expensive. Replacing them would cost money, not to mention valuable time & energy of your staff or outside contractors that could be used elsewhere....

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Data Redundancy vs Backups

A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post on Technology Infrastructure and Inclement Weather. In this blog post, I'm writing about a similar topic included in the last blog post, the difference between data redundancy and data backups (and why you should have both)....

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Your Information and the Social Engineer

"I operate under the principle that my computer is owned by at least three governments." This was said by Costin Raiu, Senior Security Researcher for Kaspersky Lab, in a presentation he gave to information security analysts at an event hosted by Kaspersky. Raiu wasn't...

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What is Web Hosting?

In one of my previous blog posts, I wrote about the different types of web hosting, and why making the right choice matters for both nonprofit organizations and businesses of any size. But a question I get asked quite often (including this morning), is the question,...

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Introduction to DNS and IPv6

DNS. Just another acronym thrown about by information technology professionals that doesn't mean anything to the "average Joe." But what is it, and why should you be concerned about it? This, among other related questions, are ones that I will answer in this blog...

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Why Big Websites Fail and What Nonprofits Can Do About It

Yesterday, Amazon.com, arguably one of the world's most popular websites, went down for a period of time. There are no indications (yet) that other websites were affected. As many network engineers know, Amazon maintains massive data centers around the world in order...

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