Ransomware On Your Website – Is It Possible?

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Ransomware on a website?

Ransomware is popularly thought to affect only PCs, mainly containing older versions of Microsoft Windows, through phishing of login details. Actually, nothing is farther than the truth.

In fact, ransomware can be introduced even into Linux-based web servers / websites without using any phishing techniques, and even if they are behind a firewall.

The above image displays the new homepage of a website on cPanel shared hosting recently locked by ransomware. The image below is a listing of the ransomware-encrypted website files as seen via an FTP client.

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How did the ransomware get in?

Servers are computers available on the public Internet and are required to serve information via multiple protocols such as HTTP/HTTPS, FTP, SSH, etc. This also creates multiple points of entry for attackers in addition to poorly secured entry points in web apps.

In this case, the website had allowed file uploads into directories that (carelessly) had execute file permissions enabled for everyone. In Linux this is the 777 permission. This allowed an attacker to upload the fware encryption PHP code to the website and then cause the code to execute via a web browser call.

What would you do if this happened to you?

How would you be affected if you woke up one morning to see your website that wasn’t available anymore? Even after paying the ransom there is no guarantee of receiving the decryption key and getting back your website files and data.

Luckily, in this case, the webmaster (website manager) for this website had already enabled automated website backups and was able to restore the website quickly. Most webmasters agree frequent automated backups are the best defense against total website loss. So does your website have automated backups?


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G Suite launched – new, improved Google Apps for Work

G Suite is the new and improved Google Apps for Work

G Suite is now offered by iWebz

iWebz℠ is proud to bring you G Suite from Google Cloud at fantastic rates. This is an improved version of the Google Apps for Work program previously launched by Google. 

G Suite is a set of intelligent apps including Gmail, Docs, Drive and Calendar to connect the people in your company, no matter where in the world they are.

And why should you pay for G Suite when Google offers similar products for free? With G Suite, you get a number of additional business-grade services not included in the free consumer product, including:

  • Professional email @yourdomain,
  • Additional storage across Gmail and Drive,
  • Interoperability with Microsoft Outlook,
  • Enhanced security features, and
  • Full administration of all user accounts.

Teams can now efficiently communicate and seamlessly collaborate while on the go.

Efficiently Communicate

Now use Gmail with your own domain name with 30GB of ad-free inbox storage. This also includes spam protection and backups. It even has a mailing list feature with the option to set a moderator.

The Google Calendar in your account will also sync with Gmail, Drive, and Hangouts to auto-suggest & schedule the best meeting options.

The Hangouts feature lets you conduct video calls with anyone anywhere and even share screens without them having to download / install any plugin.

Seamlessly Collaborate

Using G Suite teams can effortlessly store or backup files on the Google Drive. Once stored these files can be easily shared with other team members with file-level permissions.

Teams can also work together on complex data calculations using Google's own machine intelligence via Google Sheets.

Google Docs lets team collaboratively edit documents in real-time without having to even be in the same room!

Why G Suite from Google Cloud

Help Your Team Work Smarter

G Suite for your organisation makes more sense at the price we offer.
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Digital Wallet Payments Now Accepted – India Only

Wallet Payments For Indian Small Businessmen and Individuals

iWebz aims to enable small businesses and individuals with affordable web-based technologies. Payments via Cards & NetBanking were a pain point for several small businessmen & individuals as they needed details on-hand to make payments. We are glad to report that we now accept digital wallet payments from a variety of Indian service providers as listed below.

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UPDATE 16th Nov 2016: We have just been informed by our payment gateway vendor that PayTM wallet will no longer be supported.

Wallet Payments Made Easy

Making wallet payments in India is easy! Simpy select Wallets as your payment source followed by selecting the specific digital wallet to charge to make your payment. Thereafter your payment will be processed via your selected option. All you need to do is login to authorise fund transfer. Currently there is a limit of ₹10,000 per month per digital wallet.

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Wallet Payments Accepted Here

iWebz℠ now accepts wallet payments for India (only) for various product & services on the following websites:


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ICANN IRTP-C impact on Domain Transfers

icann logoICANN Domain Transfer Policy Updates

ICANN has mandated certain updates to the Domain Transfer Policy for enhanced verification when either the Registrant or the Registrar change occurs. This will be effective from 1st of December, 2016.

Here are some of the key aspects that are part of the new Transfer Policy :

Impact on Inter-Registrar Transfers

A Form of Authorization, or FOA, is the email that is sent to the registered name holder when a domain transfer is initiated to approve the request. The FOA will now expire after 60 days if the transfer is not completed, unless we allow an automatic renewal and the registrant has expressly opted in to an automatic renewal.

● The FOA is void if the domain name expires before approval.

Impact on Inter-Registrant Transfers

● If a material change is made, we must collect consent from both the Prior Registrant and the New Registrant, prior to making the requested change, even if you represent both parties. A “material change” is a change in the name, company or email address listed for the registrant contact.

● If the Prior Registrant and New Registrant do not confirm the change within 60 days of the request, the change implementation will not proceed.

● Once both Prior and New Registrant parties agree to the requested contact changes, the information will be updated within 1 day after.

Impact on Privacy Protection

The Registrar on Record will act a designated approver for the Registrant. So no approval is needed from the Registrant listed on the domain. An email will be sent to the registrant whenever the status of Privacy Protection is changed. This email is merely for notification purposes.


We hope this was helpful. To know more about the policy please refer to the ICANN website.


Cloud Hosting For Websites & Web Apps

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What is Cloud Hosting?

Cloud hosting services provide hosting for websites on virtual servers following the utility model of computing in that it is available as a service, rather than as a product, and is therefore comparable with traditional utilities such as electricity and gas.

It exists as an alternative to hosting websites on single servers (either dedicated or shared hosting servers), and is also referred to as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).

Why is Cloud Hosting better?

Cloud hosting services provide hosting for websites on virtual servers which pull their computing resource from extensive underlying networks of physical web servers and often pulled from different data centers in different locations. This leads to improved fault-tolerance & availability.

The client can tap into their service as much as they need, depending on the demands of their website, and they will only pay for what they use leading to optimizing expenses.

Being a service the resource limits can be increased or decreased at will and resource usage can be dynamically allocated within these limits. This type of hosting is therefore even better than a fixed configuration VPS.

iWebz℠ Cloud Hosting

2X Faster load times, 4X Scalable cloud hosting with rock-solid stability - perfect for rapidly growing websites & web applications.

Already hosted with AWS?

Select a Web App server. We will setup, backup & schedule it within your AWS account.

Impress.ly – Responsive Website In Minutes

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Struggling with setting up a Website?

We have just launched Impress.ly - a sleek Intelligent Site Builder and a unique product that will enable you create & publish a website effortlessly across any platform like smartphones, tablets, desktops. Simply drag & drop and build your website from scratch in minutes!

It can "automagically" use the content about your company on the internet, and create a SEO friendly website instantly. The ingenious designer chooses colors to perfectly match your brand assets, making your site beautiful.

Got an existing Website or facebook page?

Just add the details to convert the content from there into a mobile-friendly website in minutes! It also integrates social media content like posts, videos, playlists, events, appointment systems and more.

Impress.ly sites equal the quality of native mobile applications, with a cross-platform native feeling & user experience.

You can even use the Impress.ly website with your existing PC website. Simply redirect all the incoming mobile devices traffic to your mobile site, keeping your website intact for the desktop users.

Benefits of Impress.ly

  • Build on a phone - Create a complete website / app all from your phone
  • Auto populate content & images - Instantly find and apply relevant content by providing a business name, Facebook page or an existing website address
  • Reduced Time & Costs - Create a website within minutes seamlessly without any coding or coder requirements
  • Powerful Analytics - You customers can track their website through analytics to see summary statistics of visitors or most visited pages of the website
  • App-like Mobile Site - Website visitors can experience smooth animations and functionality similar to those of a native app
  • Easily build Online Shopping websites - Customers can take and manage orders and payments and much more.
  • 30-day Free Trial - Enjoy a 30-Day free trial period and get to know the product better.

Impress.ly Website Builder

Easiest way to get a mobile-friendly website

.FANS – new domain extension

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Get a .FANS domain name

One of the new generation of internet addresses, domain names ending in .fans are set to become an essential destination for consumer, music, sports and entertainment brands to help signpost quality content for fans online.

Research conducted by LightSpeed GMI on behalf of dotFans shows that when searching for content about the things they love, 30% of fans say they would be more likely to visit a web address ending with .fans over one ending with .com - a preference which will only increase further as .fans domains begin to be used more widely in coming months.

Why a .FANS domain name?

This unique & intuitive TLD creates a digital center for fans across all platforms to connect online – sharing experiences, discussing new or upcoming events, or putting together chat forums.

.FAN is perfect for any person encouraging a fan base, any fan trying to establish an unofficial fan website, or any business helping fans take part in the events they love.

The .fans domain extension is operated by dotFans which was awarded the rights to operate the Registry in 2014.

Search for a .FANS domain name

Register it before it is gone forever!