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Chrome will stop showing secure padlock icon for HTTPS websites from September

From September 2018, with the release of Chrome 69, the websites with SSL certificates will not show the green address bar, HTTPS wording and the padlock icon.

With most of the websites on internet adopting HTTPS, Google said that the websites without any indicators will be safe by default.

Currently, the Chrome shows “Secure” indicator with a padlock icon for secure websites, and “HTTP” for websites that are not secure. The ‘S’ in the HTTPS stands for secure.

The uncertified websites can migrate to HTTPS by installing an SSL certificate. SSL reduces the risk of confidential information from getting into the hands of hackers and thieves.

With Chrome v69, the “Secure” wording will be removed and only the padlock icon will be visible for secure websites.

Further, with the release of Chrome 70, Google will remove the padlock icon as well.

Chrome 69 and Chrome 70

“We’ll step towards removing Chrome’s positive security indicators so that the default unmarked state is secure,” wrote Emily Schechter, Product Manager, Chrome Security, in a blog post.

Using Chrome version 70, if a user enter data on a HTTP website, the browser will start flashing a red “not secure” warning in the web address bar.

Chrome 69 not secure

“We hope these changes continue to pave the way for a web that’s easy to use safely, by default. HTTPS is cheaper and easier than ever before, and unlocks powerful capabilities – so don’t wait to migrate to HTTPS!” added Emily Schechter.

Also read: Let’s Encrypt to now issue free Wildcard certificates through ACMEv2

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Anturis to Provide Comprehensive IT Infrastructure Monitoring For ReadySpace’s Business Customers

Anturis Inc. today announced that its cloud-based monitoring & troubleshooting solution has been selected by ReadySpace, a cloud and managed hosting services provider to provide comprehensive IT infrastructure monitoring solutions for its business customers. ReadySpace will now offer Anturis’ solutions as an integrated addition to its Managed Service packages.

Anturis came to market early this year in beta phase and recently emerged from beta with the launch of its commercial product availability.

In an interview with DailyHostNews today, Sergey Nevstruev, CEO, Anturis, said:

ReadySpace selected Anturis for its IT infrastructure monitoring and troubleshooting needs because of two key reasons:

  • infrastructure model representation (i.e. users work with real-life entities like a database or a web-server, rather than with separate metrics) – which makes Anturis best suited to the needs of server monitoring.
  • integration with Parallels Automation platform via APS – which let Anturis have rather deep integration (including billing and customer portal) very quickly.
Anturis is the perfect addition to our suite, and will be utilized as the primary tool set of our technical team for monitoring and troubleshooting our customers’ various IT services.
– David Loke, CEO, ReadySpace.

David Loke, CEO, ReadySpace.
David Loke, CEO, ReadySpace.

ReadySpace will deploy Anturis to support its over 5,000 business customers, primarily in the Asia Pacific region, and especially in Singapore and Hong Kong.

Offered in ReadySpace’s Managed Service platform, the new Anturis IT monitoring solution delivers:

  • Website Monitoring: Monitoring the uptime and performance of websites. It checks for DNS, SSL, HTTP, network and application-level problems.
  • Server Monitoring: Keeps an eye on servers’ resources utilization and software performance (CPU, memory, swap, disk, OS processes, log files and more).
  • Web App Monitoring: Uses synthetic transactions to ensure visitors can successfully sign up, search, check out, log in and otherwise interact with your website.
  • MYSQL Monitoring: Watches over key database performance metrics, such as slow query rate, connection usage, Innodb buffer pool usage, and more.
  • Network Monitoring: Keeps watch over LAN and WAN connectivity and network devices using ICMP ping, SNMP and TCP checks and other network protocols.

The commercially launched version of Anturis comes with several new features and enhancements, including numerous GUI and usability enhancements, such as improved wizards. It also includes extended diagnostic data for faster troubleshooting, such as presenting the list of top five CPU-consuming processes at the time of CPU overload.

“As an international leader of cloud and managed hosting services, we are always looking for ways to improve and enhance our Managed Services,” said David Loke, CEO, ReadySpace.

“Anturis is the perfect addition to our suite, and will be utilized as the primary tool set of our technical team for monitoring and troubleshooting our customers’ various IT services.”

DailyHostNews used Anturis earlier this year to monitor its own IT Infrastructure and found it an extremely feature rich, affordable, compressive and promising product.

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Anturis IT Infrastructure Monitoring Software Delivers Great Features at Affordable Prices

Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are growing, and with this growth, they’re changing the way they use technology to run their businesses. However, with their purse strings drawn tight and not having a clear road map of IT implementation, SMBs generally invest in IT in a phased manner. The problem manifolds for them as th? present market only offers solutions that are either expensive and bloated or open-source with a great need for fine-tuning and customizing. With limited knowledge of technology and their budgets tight, none of the options seem feasible for SMBs.

This is where a product like Anturis comes in. Promising features at par with enterprise-level IT monitoring softwares, without the exorbitant prices that generally accompany them, Anturis sounds like a pretty solid service that can play a strategic role in businesses of all sizes, helping companies do more with less to realize cost savings and profitability.

Modus-operandi

Configuring Anturis is an easy task and requires little effort. Once you create your account, you can choose which component of your infrastructure you want to monitor, including server, desktop, database, firewall, printer, application etc. You can do so easily on the main page of the Anturis control panel.

We chose to monitor one of our servers based in Mumbai, India. Once we chose it as a component, it became listed on the left side of the control panel as well as appeared as an icon in the main area, clicking on which showed the results of the monitoring session (more on it later).

Anturis Infrastructure Monitoring Software review

In order to monitor servers, a Private Agent needs to be installed on your system. The Private Agent sends collected data to the Anturis service via a secure HTTP connection to the Anturis cloud data center. A special agent software first needs to be downloaded from the Locations&Agents tab in the Anturis Console. The Agent installation (as well as all its subsequent maintenance) can be done easily with its own desktop GUI . Your user account credentials are required to connect the agent to the Anturis service. Once we supplied the correct information, the agent got connected and became visible in the list of ‘Available agents’ at the Anturis control panel.

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The modus-operandi of the Anturis Private Agent is better shown in the figure below:

Anturis Private Agent Installation

After installing the Private Agent, you need to create a person who’ll be notified in case of problems. Notifications can be delivered via email, SMS or phone call, and the notification method depends on problem severity. Once you assign a newly created person to be responsible for an application, you can also configure various other factors to customize the monitoring as per your needs, like the Error threshold, Monitor Period (the time interval between two subsequent checks of a monitored object) etc.

Over the next few days, we received regular daily status emails including a couple of warnings about problems with the server. We were also able to access the daily log report form the Anturis control panel.

Conclusion

As mentioned earlier, configuring Anturis is straightforward and doesn’t require technical skills. It monitored our web services effectively, from both user and infrastructure perspective, and provided us with truly valuable information and immediate feedback about errors that could have cost us significant time, resources and money, had they not been addressed timely.

Delivering features at par with enterprise-level IT monitoring softwares, without the grotesquely high prices that generally accompany them, Anturis comes across as an affordable, compressive and a very promising product, especially for the SMBs who cannot afford to spend an exorbitant amount of money on monitoring IT services.

Anturis was in the Beta at the time we used it for monitoring out infrastructure and is now available commercially with various new features and enhancements. There is also a free plan available for those who want to use limited services. For more details, click here.

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Anturis Emerges From Beta with Commercial Launch of IT Infrastructure Monitoring Solution

Anturis Inc., a vanguard IT solutions company, today unveiled the commercial launch and availability of its new cloud-based monitoring and troubleshooting solution for web services and IT infrastructure.

Dedicated to small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) that generally do not have access to, or budgets for, a dedicated IT department, the new Anturis commercial service delivers enterprise-grade IT infrastructure monitoring and troubleshooting in a simple, easy-to-setup and use browser-based cloud solution.

Built upon its beta solution unveiled earlier this year, Anturis’ commercial IT monitoring platform includes many new features and enhancements.

In an interview with Daily Host News a few months back, Sergey Nevstruev, CEO, Anturis, did mention plans to launch the commercial solution soon.

One of the major upgrades is a simplified website monitoring setup. This means the system automatically selects multiple monitoring locations (out of its worldwide network of public monitoring agents) to maximize monitoring efficiency and minimize the number of connection-related issues and false positives.

Additional Anturis updates include numerous GUI and usability enhancements, such as improved wizards. It also includes extended diagnostic data for faster troubleshooting, such as presenting the list of top five CPU-consuming processes at the time of CPU overload.

The Anturis IT monitoring solution provides the ability for:

  • Website Monitoring: Monitoring the uptime and performance of websites. It checks for DNS, SSL, HTTP, network and application-level problems.
  • Server Monitoring: Keeps an eye on servers’ resources utilization and software performance (CPU, memory, swap, disk, OS processes, log files and more).
  • Web App Monitoring: Uses synthetic transactions to ensure visitors can successfully sign up, search, check out, log in and otherwise interact with your website.
  • MYSQL Monitoring: Watches over key database performance metrics, such as slow query rate, connection usage, Innodb buffer pool usage, and more.
  • Network Monitoring: Keeps watch over LAN and WAN connectivity and network devices using ICMP ping, SNMP and TCP checks and other network protocols.

The Anturis IT monitoring solution comes in four packages/options that are aimed to fit any size of customer IT infrastructure, including:

  • Lifetime Free: A limited package with five monitors that can be created (ability to monitor up to five URLs or local resources of a single server) and offers unlimited email alerts each month. Cost: $0
  • Small: Includes 10 monitors, unlimited email alerts and 10 SMS and voice alerts per month. Cost: $7.50 per month (annual price).
  • Medium: 40 monitors, unlimited email alerts and 40 SMS and voice alerts. Cost: $32.50 per month (annual price).
  • Large: For more complex IT needs, offers 100 monitors, unlimited email alerts and unlimited SMS and voice alerts. Cost: $82.50 per month (annual price).

Anturis IT monitoring solution

“Early this year, we delivered an innovative beta product to meet the IT monitoring needs of SMBs. We spent the past several months collecting key information and feedback from our users,” said Sergey Nevstruev, CEO, Anturis.

“The feedback validated our initial research and our beta offering. Our users want the ability to invest minimum effort and cost to achieve maximum control over their IT infrastructure. This is extremely important for SMBs, where IT is now playing an ever increasing role in overall company success. SMBs typically utilize similar IT technologies and we were able to collect key data about these systems and technologies and build a product that does not require users to be skilled IT experts – and they loved it,” he added.

Anturis is currently offering a “30-Day Free Trial” for all premium plans. For more information, click here.

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Heroku Platform API Now Available in Public Beta

Heroku Platform API is now available in Beta, announced the Cloud application platform provider yesterday. The Platform API is derived from the same command-and-control API Heroku uses internally and hence allows developers to extend its cloud platform to third party applications and services.

The new platform API can be used to:

  • Build mobile apps that control Heroku from smartphones and tablets;
  • Combine Heroku with other services and integrating with developer tools;
  • Automate custom workflows with programmatic integration to Heroku.

Developers can now automate, extend and combine Heroku with other services. They can also use the platform API to perform tasks that could previously only be accomplished with Heroku toolbelt or dashboard, like provisioning add-ons, scaling and adding configuration vars and creating apps.

Heroku Platform API

Heroku plans to collect and incorporate feedback while the platform API is in public beta and has asked community for their thoughts on the new design interface and the ease of use. All changes will be updated on the changelog.

The Heroku platform API uses HTTP and JSON to transfer data and is ideal for developers looking to launch apps without worrying about traditional server stand up and other startup hassles.

For more information, click here.
To send your feedback to Heroku, click here.

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Learning How to install a Wildcard SSL certificate in WHM and Common Compatibility Errors

Last decade has seen a phenomenal growth in the usage of Internet. Accepted round the globe unanimously with wide arms, Internet has now become a part of everyone’s daily life. Everybody is now online, and in more ways than one would’ve imagined. People use Internet for checking news, keeping a tab on their favorite sports, listening music, watching movies, professional conversations, interacting with new people, online shopping etc.

Online shopping is easy, ubiquitous, provides a broad range of options to choose from, and most importantly saves time. Businesses now realize the importance of being online, and most of them have websites showcasing and selling their products. But it isn’t that easy to turn a visitor on your website into a customer.

Netizens today are smart and well aware of the security threats online that can jeopardize their confidential data. They need assurance that you are genuine, your website is genuine and most importantly that you’ve proper security system in place to ensure the safety of their confidential information like credit card details, personal details, transaction info, etc.

A majority of online businesses hence use SSL certificates to reflect their reliability. SSL certificates not only secure the online transactions but are also visible proof that the particular website that showcases them is genuine, secure and reliable. But SSLs can be expensive at times.

Say your website has multiple sub-domains, such as yourwebsite.com, blog.yourwebsite.com, login.yourwebsite.com etc. A conventional SSL certificate will only secure one of these domains; to secure others, you’ll have to buy multiple SSLs, which will be capital intensive. If a potential customer visits blog.yourwebsite.com instead of yourwebsite.com and his browser warns him that this page is probably not secure, he might back off.

This is where WildCard SSLs come into the picture. A single WildCard SSL can protect multiple sub-domains on a single server and IP address, thus providing you both convenience (as you don’t need to administer several separate SSL Certificates for each sub-domain) and affordability.

WildCard SSL Certificate provide the same stringent level of security, as they hold the same encryption and decryption technology as other conventional certificates. All you need to do to secure multiple domains with WildCard SSLs is that at the time of installation, just add an asterisk (*) in the subdomain area of the common name, which you want to be protected. For instance, if you configure *.yourwebsite.com, you can secure www.yourwebsite.com, photos.yourwebsite.com, blog.yourwebsite.com, payment.yourwebsite.com and so on. The * hence represents the wildcard part of the SSL certificate. * can be any sub domain that you want to secure with the same base domain.

For a detailed idea of how WildCard SSLs work, please refer to my previous post.

How to Install a Wildcard SSL certificate in WHM

  • Login to your Web Host Manager (WHM) control panel.
  • Go to the left menu and click on ‘Install a SSL Certificate and Setup the Domain’.
  • Now Copy and paste the contents of your WildCard SSL Certificate (yourwebsite.crt) into the first text area. Access the text version of your certificate by opening it with a text editor. Remember to include the BEGIN and END tags while copying and pasting the certificate.

    Copy Certificate to Notepad and include the BEGIN and END tags
    Copy Certificate to Notepad and include the BEGIN and END tags
  • Let the rest of the text areas to be automatically filled.
  • Double check that the SSL key and CA bundle are accurate.
  • Now change the WildCard domain name to match the actual account domain name.
  • Ensure that the username and IP address match the actual account involved.

Common Compatibility Errors with WildCard SSL Certificates
While most of of the platforms and devices are thoroughly compatible with WildCard SSLs, there are some which might have issues. For eg. if a certificate isn’t trusted by a customer’s mobile browser, he/she may face compatibility issues on his mobile device. This particular error is rife with old Windows Mobile 5 devices.

In addition, Microsoft Office Communication Server, Microsoft Lync Server and Oracle Wallet Manager do not accept wildcards. Likewise, there are some outdated and ‘Basic’ versions of browsers that don’t support a “Certificate Request”, thus making the certificate look invalid due to lack of verification.

The only way to prevent such unfortunate errors is to purchase WildCard SSL from a trusted provider of WildCard SSL Certificates that issues a certificate which most users’ browser can rely on.

Wrapping things up!
As already mentioned, WildCard SSL is a great product which gets rid of individualized costs and provides easier web security administration in a cost-effective manner. However they too have their own share of limitations, one of them being the compatibility issue mentioned above. IT Professionals and Web Security Experts should hence carefully gauge which domains and sub-domains they want to protect and the effectiveness of the WildCard SSL Certificate in protecting them to reap the benefits properly.

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A list of Frequently Asked Questions about WildCard SSL Certificates answered by RapidSSLonline

A WildCard SSL certificate has many advantages over a conventional SSL certificate, the most important one being it’s ability to secure not only your website URL, but also an unlimited number of its subdomains. Needless to say, a product with such benefits does attract interest of a large pool of customers.

At RapidSSLOnline, a Certificate Authority of a wide range of brands such as VeriSign (Now Symantec), GeoTrust, Thawte, and RapidSSL, we come across a lot of such customers on a daily basis, who are curious about this product, and have a variety of questions to ask before making a decision to buy it. And hence this post.

A follow up to my last article, which provided a brief overview of WildCard SSLs, this one aims to address most frequently asked questions on the web about the same and clears air about WildCard SSL security and how it works to protect small and wide level e-Commerce business over the web.

WildCard SSL multiple sub domains SECURITYWhat is a WildCard SSL Certificate?
WildCard SSL Certificate holds the same encryption and decryption technology, which protects user’s confidential information while transferring it on the web, and additionally, it protects multiple sub domains on a single server and IP address. Every Wildcard begins with an asterisk * or “star”. The star represents the wildcard part of the SSL certificate. The star can be any sub domain that shares the same base domain.

Which level of businesses need WildCard SSL security?
It is a highly recommended SSL security solution to medium and wide level e-Commerce websites.

What strength of encryption does WildCard Certificate hold?
It holds the advanced 256 bit encryption strength for single and multiple sub domains protection.

What level of security is included in WildCard Security SSL?
It protects a Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) and Sub Domains on a Single Server and IP address.

Which brand’s WildCard SSL security holds an unlimited server license?
RapidSSL and GeoTrust. These are two major brands whose WildCard SSL certificate security holds an unlimited server license.

What is the issuance time of WildCard SSL security certificate?
It can be issued within few minutes for a single Domain Name.

What all web browsers are compatible with a WildCard SSL certificate?
Here is a list of web browsers most compatible with WildCard Cert.

  • IE 5+, 6+, 7+, 8+
  • Firefox 1+, 2+, 3+
  • Netscape 4+
  • Opera 7+
  • AOL 5+
  • Safari

What validation method does WildCard Certificate hold?
It holds a complete domain validation.

Does it include trust mark or site seal feature?
Yes! Its includes the trust mark or site seal feature, which is essential to gain trust and confidence of the users.

How does one generate WildCard SSL Certificate CSR for any web server?
It is the same process, which holds other Domain Validated SSL certificate CSR. However, during the WildCard SSL generation, the common name should be *.yourdomain.com. To get a better idea about WildCard SSL Certificate CSR generation, click here.

Is WildCard SSL security android validated?
Yes, it is an Android Validated SSL security.

What is the difference between EV SSL and WildCard SSL?
EV SSL certificate is a complete domain authentication which protects single qualified domain only on a single server and IP, whereas WildCard SSL is domain authenticated security, which protects sub domains and as well as main domains on single server and IP.

To see a list of Frequently Asked Questions about EV SSL Certificates, please click here.

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Frequently Asked Questions about EV SSL Certificates answered by RapidSSLonline

RapidSSLonline, an SSL security specialist, addresses some valuable questions and answers, which according to them are most frequently asked on the web.

What is an EV SSL Certificate Security?
EV SSL or Extended Validation SSL certificate is one of the most toughest and trusted SSL certificates, which is especially produced to protect wide level e-Business web servers and their users’ information, while it is being transferred between web browsers and servers.

What type of validation does an EV SSL certificate contain?
An EV SSL certificate issued  to any web organization contains complete Domain and Business Authentication details.

What are some major advantages Extended Validation SSL certificate has when compared to a Standard SSL?
One of the greatest advantages of obtaining an EV SSL certificate is getting the green address bar status, which immediately alerts consumers that the site they are visiting offers the highest level of security.

Extended validation certificates offer online businesses the highest level of encryption, generally between 128-256 bit encryption. This ensures that all data transmissions are encrypted to the maximum, with virtually no chance of sensitive information falling into the hands of a third party.

What is a Legal Opinion Letter of EV Certificate?
It is a professional opinion letter from Certified or Licensed Attorney for Extended Validation SSL certificate issuance. All major Certificate Authorities such as Symantec, GeoTrust, and Thawte require Legal Opinion Letter before EV issuance to any organization.

What encryption level does EV SSL contain?
EV has the toughest protection encryption such as 256 bit with 2048 bit CSR key generation.

How much time is needed for issuance of an EV SSL certificate?
It needs 10 to 15 business days for issuance of an EV SSL certificate.

What all web browsers are compatible with an Extended Validation SSL Certificate?
Here is the list of web browsers, which are the most compatible to EV cert.

  • Firefox 1+, 2+, 3+
  • IE 5+, 6+, 7+, 8+
  • Netscape 4+
  • Opera 7+
  • AOL 5+
  • Safari

How much warranty amount does an  EV SSL certificate contain?
An EV SSL certificate contains  a minimum of $500,000 and maximum of $1,500,000 warranty.

Does EV security support mobile devices?
Yes it does! Secure site pro with EV security from Symantec supports mobile devices, which is also the toughest security solution on the web.

What is the difference between EV SSL and WildCard SSL?
EV SSL certificate is a complete domain authentication which protects single qualified domain only on a single server and IP, whereas  WildCard SSL is domain authenticated security, which protects sub domains and as well as main domains on single server and IP.

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Why EV SSL Certificates are the Way to Go When Needing an SSL Solution

Are you managing an online web store? Consumers are now shopping online more than ever, learn how consumers decide who to trust before entering their credit card details.

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An Infographic- How do Certification Authorities Issue SSL Certificates?

This Infographic sheds light on the steps taken by Certification Authorities for issuing the  green padlock and “https”.  Also included is information regarding  how a browser confirms the relevancy of an SSL certificate and the displays warning  for the websites which do not contain one.  You can learn more about SSL certificates and their working here and here.How do Certification Authorities Issue SSL Certificates?

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