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Starting mid August 2015, the process of moving most sites to a new server will begin.  The new server has reduced capacity but newer specifications so it’s considered an upgrade.  Not all sites will be moved to this new server (Cobourg Cloud) therefore since it will have fewer sites, performance will actually improve.  Below is a table showing the changes.

Hosting Price change

You are probably aware that the Canadian dollar has suffered a significant reduction in its value against the American dollar.  Because hosting by Cobourg Internet is sourced from a major "cloud" company in the U.S., my costs are in U.S. dollars.  Therefore, prices for Cobourg Internet hosting will be increased effective September 30.

If you heard about the latest virus that affects the BASH utility – then you’ll know that it affects Linux servers.  CobourgServer uses Linux as do 80-90% of all servers so it is/was affected.  However, the makers of the Linux version used (CENTOS) have created a patch and it has been applied to the CobourgServer box.  Therefore there is currently no vulnerability in any sites using this server – at least not from this bug. 

There are approximately 100 attempts per day to hack into this server but they are blocked by the Firewall I use – which is made and supported by the English company Way to The Web Ltd.  This is updated regularly and in 9 years, no-one has got past it although there have been some false positives with legitimate users being locked out.

Once again the connection to the server was broken.  This time it was a relatively low traffic period starting at about 5:40 am on a public holiday (today).  Full restoration of service was at around 12:40.  The cause was not revealed but it seemed that it was related to Network connections in the Data Centre in Provo, Utah and would also have affected many customers of Hostgator, Blue Host, Host Monster and perhaps others.  Note that the server itself was not down - just the connection to it.  This kind of problem is similar to what has happened previously but at the same time quite different.  The difference was that some ISPs (e.g. Bell/Sympatico) were able to connect but others could not.  It was if the data centre was telling the world to use an IP address that was not working. 

For April 22 up to about 10pm, a typical business weekday, the emails processed were as follows:

Processed 1,453 68.1MB
Clean (no spam or Virus) 1,010 69.5%
Viruses 4 0.3%
Top Virus Email.Trojan-482  
Blocked files (dangerous content) 3 0.2%
Spam (mid-level – labelled as spam) 66 4.5%
High-scoring spam (blocked) 323 22.2%

The Cobourg internet Server was down for 13 ½ hours - from 1:35pm on April 16 to 2:53am April 17. And that's a really bad outage.  The cause was a connection problem in the data centre in Provo, Utah.  As usual, little detail is provided but it was not the actual server so no data will be lost.  Emails would queue waiting to get in and out so no emails would be lost.

Background: The Heartbleed Bug is a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library. This weakness allows stealing the information protected, under normal conditions, by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure the Internet. SSL/TLS provides communication security and privacy over the Internet for applications such as web, email, instant messaging (IM) and some virtual private networks (VPNs).

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