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LLHOST INC. is an European company established in 2017 by engineers with 10+ years of hosting, network, and development industries experience. The range of LLHOST INC. services is:
  • Virtual, Dedicated, VPN servers in Europe and USA as our main product;
  • Internet exchange and network services;
  • outsourcing and outstaffing of system administration and development teams.

Private VPN Server is a private server for any purpose with a configured VPN.

VPN specs and pricing:
PVS-NL: 100 mbps unmetered, No-logs policy - from $2.24/mo
PVS-PL: 100 mbps unmetered, No-logs policy - from $2.24/mo
PVS-USA:100 mbps unmetered, No-logs policy - from $2.24/mo

OVS (Optimized Virtual Servers) is a bunch of LLHOST INC. VPS based on KVM virtualization could be used for most common tasks.

OVS specs and pricing:
OVS-1:
1 GB RAM, 1 vCPU, 25 GB SSD, 100 mbps unmetered - €2.99/mo
OVS-2: 2 GB RAM, 2 vCPU, 50 GB SSD, 100 mbps unmetered - €5.99/mo
OVS-4: 4 GB RAM, 4 vCPU, 80 GB SSD, 100 mbps unmetered - €11.99/mo
OVS-8: 8 GB RAM, 8 vCPU, 120 GB SSD, 200 mbps unmetered - €22.99/mo
OVS-16: 16 GB RAM, 8 vCPU, 240 GB SSD, 200 mbps unmetered - €45.99/mo
OVS-24: 24 GB RAM, 16 vCPU, 400 GB SSD, 300 mbps unmetered - €68.99/mo
OVS-32: 32 GB RAM, 16 vCPU, 480 GB SSD, 300 mbps unmetered - €91.99/mo

Get a 30% discount with the promo code “OVS30OFF”!
This discount is available for any plan and is valid for the first 3 months of the billing cycle. It can be activated by an unlimited number of users.

Also, for the long-term projects, we’ve prepared a great offer! A permanent discount depending on the billing cycle:
15% OFF on 3 months payment
20% OFF on 6 months payment
25% OFF on 12 months payment

Each server plan includes:
  • 100 mbps Internet channel
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • Free/64 IPv6 (for VPS) and IPv4 (for VPN)
  • Instant deployment
  • User-friendly control panel with embedded popular scripts and images
  • Free migration assistance
  • 24/7 prompt technical support (response time: 5-10 min max.)

Our locations:
The Netherlands:
Iron Mountain AMS-1 (J.W. Lucasweg 35, Amsterdam, NH, 2031 BE, NL).
Poland: 4 Data Center, (Adamskiego 7, Katowice, PL, 40-069).
The USA: Hurricane Electric Fremont 2 (48233 Warm Springs Blvd, Fremont, CA, USA, 94539).

Our advantages:
  • 24/7/365 technical support is provided in English and Russian languages.
  • Any e-tools and cards from every nook of the world are accepted for payment: bank payment, credit and debit cards, cryptocurrencies, Webmoney, PayPal, Qiwi, LAVA, Ю-MONEY.
  • Any plan can be customized upon request, considering individual solutions and configurations.
  • Prices and prepayments are fixed. No additional charges for traffic, volumes, speed, etc. excess.
  • Any individual conditions, such as discount, term, partnership, etc. can be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

Our contacts:
Website: https://llhost-inc.eu/en
E-mail: [email protected]
Send a request to Sales Department
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Registered office: str. Dr. Petre Herescu 12, parter, cam. 2 București, Sector 5, România

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Download Day or Mozilla Foundation Guinness World Record.

Hello forum mates!
Our publications cover a wide range of IT-related subjects. Today, let's remember June 17th, 2008, the official release date of Mozilla Firefox 3 browser, called Download Day 2008 (to specify, the last Firefox version is 101.0.1 released on June 9th, 2022). Why is this event so appealing to go back to after so many years? The thing is that Firefox has established a world record for the most downloaded program throughout the day. Guinness World Records controlled the increase in distribution downloads for 24 hours, which exceeded 8 million downloads. It took them several days to check the data, and just at the beginning of July they confirmed 8,002,530 downloads in 24 hours, which equates to 83 Tb of downloaded data with the transfer rate 20 Gbps. For comparison, Opera 9.50 has been downloaded 4.7 million times within five days of its release.

To celebrate the record, hundreds of parties were held worldwide, the Internet was filled with hashtags: #Firefox3, #DownloadFestival, #WorldRecord and #DownloadDay. Each participant received an award of gratitude from Mozilla. The top three most active participants included the United States (3,252,673 users), Germany (852,432) and Japan (533,369).

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As a result of this event, Firefox has become the most popular browser in the world, with a worldwide share of over 20%. That was until November 2011, when Google Chrome, according to StatCounter, for the first time in its history, took the lead in the global marketplace for web-compatible PC browsers.

We look forward to the time when LLHOST INC. register its world records. Our team works diligently on every project to ensure that the end product appeals to every client. And today we have prepared for you a promoсode applicable to any OVS plan. With LLHOST INC., any SSD-based virtual server with flexible KVM virtualization and free migration becomes more accessible now!

Whether you are a senior specialist or just a student, it is very important to have a reliable tool for a quick server deployment of any particular task, such as web servers and applications launching, bots, etc. By ordering a Virtual Server (OVS) from LLHOST INC. you get a 15% discount for the 3 months with the promo code "FFDDAY". Share it with your friends, since it is active to an unlimited number of users. The promocode is valid till July 1, 2022. Moreover, you have the possibility of free tests during 24 hours.
 

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How to choose a VPS?

We have already covered what a VPN service is, what are the differences between a VPN application, Private Server for VPN and Private VPN Server, as well as their pros and cons. This article is on VPS: what they are for, how do they differ, and how to choose the right one.

VPS (Virtual Private Server) is a partitioned piece of a physical server that acts like its own server.
The technology looks like this: a physical server is divided into several partitions, and the server software is configured on each of them, that makes each virtual server work independently. This means that the power of each virtual server is determined by technical specs: RAM, disk space, processor, etc. and do not affect each other's performance in any way.

What is a virtual server for?
VPS servers can be used for different tasks such as:
• web development: design, develop, test and deploy software products;
• VPN service: install your own software and configure a VPN server to improve privacy and business information protection;
• online stores: a virtual server allows you to store a large amount of data and host loaded projects;
• Information portals: databases, mailboxes, etc. on a virtual server guarantee full management and security of users' personal data;
• video surveillance system: the best option for backing up a streaming video archive;
• remote desktop (RDP/VNC): a computer that can be accessed anywhere in the world from any device (laptop, tablet or smartphone);
• school portals: electronic control system and remote access to educational materials for all educational program participants;
• storage of personal data: place your photo, video, music, app archive with guaranteed privacy, as well as the ability to sync all used devices through one.

Pros and Cons of VPS.
"+":

• guaranteed resources,
• the ability to install your own software,
• flexible server settings,
• root access to the server.
"-":
• technical skills are required for the managing.

What will help you choose a VPS?
Those technical specs are important when choosing a server:
Storage
Determine the amount of uploaded data, considering all the projects deployed on the server (always with a margin, as your project will grow).
Storage technology
It can be HDD (Classic Hard Drive) or SSD (Solid State Drive), which is faster and more productive.
Virtualization
The main types of VPS virtualization are OpenVZ and KVM. At LLHOST INC. VPS are represented by the OVS (Optimized Virtual Servers) group based on KVM virtualization.
Memory (RAM)
It effects on the download speed: the larger the project, the more RAM is required.
Processor (vCPU)
Task speed depends on the server processor's performance:: more processor cores are able to process more requests.
Operating System
Each OS has its own specifics, so it depends on your needs and habits.
Bandwidth
This is the amount of data your server can transfer over the internet per month. At LLHOST INC. any OVS plan includes unmetered bandwidth, which means you are not charged according to the amount of bandwidth you use.
Control Panel
There are Control Panels for the VPS service as well as Control Panels for hosting software.
The Control Panels for hosting software help you to manage your Linux hosting software through a web interface. You can install various software and launch websites on the server, build and manage databases. The VPS Service Control Panel is created to reinstall the operating system, reboot the server, and monitor the status of the server. LLHOST INC. offers VM manager by default, other control panels can be configured optionally.

In addition to these technical specifications, the following are equally important:
• a free trial period for assessing the quality of the server's power and capacity;
• data centers located as close to your area as possible;
• multilingual technical support available 24/7;
• ability to upgrade without downtime.

If you can't define your project requirements, first choose the minimum plan and check if it is sufficient for you, and if necessary, upgrade it.

How to choose a VPS? Shortcut.

Our experts will be happy to provide you with more detailed information. We will certainly give you advice on the appropriate OVS plan for your tasks. Feel free to contact Sales Department, or place your question in our Telegram chat.

As a summary, VPS is an excellent solution for many tasks in a variety of areas - from personal needs to large enterprises. It allows you to save on purchase and maintenance of a physical server. At the same time, you can install and configure any software you need, as well as upgrade your plan with extra disk space or a more powerful processor. Technical skills are required for server management. However, this issue can be easily solved by numerous step-by-step instructions.

Get started on LLHOST INC. Virtual Private Server today and cut -20% off on any OVS plan by using the promocode “OKIMIN”!

*Promocode can be applied until July 7, 2022, and is valid for 3 months of the monthly billing cycle.
 

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Paying from anywhere in the world in any currency? Yes, it's real!

Greeting to our followers!
LLHOST INC. team works daily to resolve issues in order to provide services to all our users worldwide without restrictions. We are available 24/7 for any inquiry and ready to answer any questions you may have. One of the frequently questions asked relates to the payment methods available.

LLHOST INC. continuously expands the list of payment systems so that you can choose the one that works best for you.

Currently, in order to pay our services, are available following payment methods:
• Bank card (Visa and/or MasterCard),
• Wire transfer,
• Google Pay (Chrome) and/or Apple Pay (Safari),
• PayPal (payment via Paddle gateway in 200 countries and 25 different currencies),
• WebMoney (represented in 94 countries of the world),
• QIWI (cash payment at QIWI terminals, official QIWI website and/or QIWI Wallet app),
Cryptocurrencies::
- AAVE (Aave ERC-20)
- ADA (Cardano)
- ANKR (Ankr ERC-20)
- AVAX (Avalanche C-chain)
- BCH (Bitcoin Cash)
- BNB (BNB Mainnet)
- BNBBSC (BNB on Binance Smart Chain)
- BSV (Bitcoin SV)
- BTC (Bitcoin)
- COMP (Compound ERC-20)
- DOGE (Dogecoin)
- DOT (Polkadot)
- ETH (Ethereum)
- LINK (Chainlink ERC-20)
- LTC (Litecoin)
- MATIC (Polygon ERC-20)
- MKR (Maker ERC-20)
- NANO (Nano)
- POLYGON (Matic on Polygon Network)
- QTUM (Qtum)
- SHIBA INU (SHIB ERC-20)
- SOL (Solana)
- UNI (Uniswap ERC-20)
- USDC (USD Coin ERC-20)
- USDC (USD Coin on Polygon Network)
- USDT (Tether ERC-20)
- USDTTRC20 (Tron USDT)
- XLM (Stellar)

All the funds are carried out in on-line mode (instantly), wire transfer takes 1-2 banking days.

Check it out! As LLHOST INC. offers a discount on all VPNs and Virtual Server (OVS). For that, apply the promo code “PS15OFF” and enjoy a -15% discount for three monthly billing periods. It runs until July 15, 2022, for an unlimited number of users.

Note! LLHOST INC. does not have access to your bank card or keep your payment card details. All data is transmitted as encrypted and stored only on a dedicated server of the selected payment system.

If there are any issues with payment through any of the above methods, our Sales Department will assist in resolving them as soon as possible.
 

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Protect your server from hacking!

Online security is a top priority for each and every one of us. Every person or business can face a virus attack or servers’ hacking. This has implications related not only to data stealing or loss, but also to the power of your server that can be used to perform DDos-attacks on any other web resource.

For this reason, it is very important to pay as much attention to server security. Don't forget that when it comes to safety, it is not just a specific action, but a series of measures.

Today, let's discuss how to protect your server from hacking and secure all the data stored on it.

Services setup
OS and its default configurations contain a wide range of network services, from remote registry to print server service. Each service running on your server's operating system is an open port for attacks. Delete the unnecessary services you are not using. This keeps your server safe and increases its performance.

Software Update
Regular software updates are essential to secure the virtual server. The daily update of the OS, hypervisor, databases, apps, etc. removes all vulnerabilities identified by developers. However, we recommend that you check upgrades on a test server before installing it. This will allow to follow the impact of the new patches on the behavior of the associated programs.

Strong password
Do not use the same password on different services. We recommend that you change the default password of the control panel at the first authentication. Also send the address, login and password in separate messages if you need to pass the access passwords.

Two-factor authentication (2FA)
Use two-factor authentication, both to access the server control panel and to the server itself.

Firewall/Brandmauer
Setup firewall/brandmauer to filter traffic and control access to the network. It automatically protects vulnerable areas on your server from unauthorized communications and trespassing by blocking suspicious and frequent connections to your assets when, for example, a virus or potential attack is detected. LLHOST INC. team is always ready to assist you in configuring the firewall as needed.

Separate servers for development and testing
Any web project in its early developmental stages is the most vulnerable and poses a security risk to your server. As mentioned above, we recommend using individual servers for development and testing, each for their purposes.

Security monitoring
Keep server logs separate. Test the security of your server regularly (for example, by pentesting). Also check the logs for any information that indicates possible attacks.

VPN
Use VPN. In fact, it is your own local network that can only be accessed by your servers. VPN servers from LLHOST INC. help improve your privacy and security. You can configure traffic routing with the VPN for the entire server, as well as for certain services or applications.

Professional audit
The last step in improving the security of your server is a professional verification by security experts. They will identify any vulnerabilities on your server and resources and provide recommendations on possible steps to eliminate them.

Do not forget that all server protection methods are not a panacea for every hack, but they do help prevent most attacks. Protecting your server from hacking is a permanent job, not a one-time event. It is important to keep monitoring the operation of the server even after all security measures have been implemented. And LLHOST INC. is here for you!

Get a -15% discount on all LLHOST INC. Virtual Servers (OVS) orders until July 22, 2022! Apply the promo code "SAVE2SECURE"* and spend the resources you have saved to the security of your server to minimise the risk of hacking. Protect your server today!

* The promo code is valid for 3 monthly billing cycles and can be used by an unlimited number of users.
 

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A virtual server within a virtual server? Why not?!

Let's imagine that a project, you are working on, needs the software not supported by the main OS of your server. Or you are engaged in the development for Android or iOS. In this case, it is necessary to have running multiple operating systems always at the disposal. Of course, you can configure each of them on a separate server. But also, you can skip all the challenges and run several operating systems at the same time (one within the other or two at the same time). This allows to work on the task in a separate environment. This configuration is known as nested virtualization.

Nested Virtualization is a set of processes that allows you to run virtual servers within virtual ones. It is carried out with the help of hypervisors, specialized programs that manage the operating systems you need in virtual environments. Hypervisors play an important role in regulating the performance of your virtual environments. They are responsible for allocating key resources like processing power, memory, and other resources that your virtual environments require to function, and bridge the gap between the hardware and the operating system.

The nested virtualization performance that you achieve will depend on the virtual environments that you deploy. You can select the amount of resources you want to allocate when deploying nested virtualization.

In other words, nested virtualization is the ability to run a hypervisor within a virtual server that runs on a hypervisor too.

What is nested virtualization for?
This question is quite reasonable if you are faced with the concept of nested virtualization for the first time.
So, nested virtualization is the ideal solution for companies that require virtual environments for development, testing, QA, demos, remote desktops, and more. This technology improves productivity, improves the customer experience, and ensures the correct functioning of your software in the environments that your customers will use.

What are the advantages of nested virtualization?

Compared to traditional on-premise solutions, nested virtual machines offer many advantages. Let's look at the most notable benefits in detail:

Settings flexibility. The ability to host virtual environments within virtual environments allows you to develop and test software on your own terms and provides you with flexible isolated environments that you can adapt to your needs.

Significant cost savings. With nested virtualization, you pay only for the resources you use, with no overspending on equipment or maintaining.

Support for multiple hypervisors. Not all hypervisors are equal. You may require a specific hypervisor that is compatible with the virtualization environment. Most virtual environments support the most popular of existing hypervisors.

Scalability. The goal of any company is growth. You can add additional processing power, memory, and other resources as needed, as nested virtualization is a highly scalable solution.

LLHOST INC. is pleased to announce the launch of nested virtualization on all virtual servers (OVS)! To celebrate the release, we have prepared for each of you a discount of -20% by the promo code “NV20OFF” when ordering any OVS plan.

Take full advantage of nested virtualization for development and testing, virtualization training, providing guest virtualization, testing configurations and deploying virtual clouds, as well as any other cases where you need to run multiple hypervisors within a single server!

Terms and conditions:
1. The promo code is valid until July 29, 2022.
2. It can be applied for 3 periods of monthly billing cycle.
3. The promo code is active for an unlimited number of users.
 

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How to create your own VPN server easily?


Hello forum users!

Blocking certain resources will not come as a surprise to anyone today. VPN services continue to be relevant in this case. They allow you to bypass regional restrictions, as well as ensure a secure connection to the network.

We have already covered all types of VPN and mentioned that there are functional limitations to a public VPN service:
- the speed and quality of the connection depends on how many users have reached the server,
- the trial period can be limited,
- there is no guarantee of data protection from leaks.

Today, we will teach how to access blocked resources, through deploying a VPN on a virtual server. As auxiliary applications, install PuTTY (a SSH-protocols client) and OpenVPN Connect (to establish a connection between your devices and the server).

Thus, step 1. Selection of the hosting provider.
A provider that enables the deployment of a VPN on virtual servers is required. LLHOST INC. is included therein. Choose any OVS plan and get all configurations for server access by email.

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LLHOST INC. is one of the few European providers who accept payments from any country in the world and in any currency: bank cards, PayPal, WebMoney, QIWI, cryptocurrencies (more about Payment Methods here).

Step 2. SSH connection to the server.
Enter the IP address of the server (from the configurations sent by email) in the Host Name field and click Open.

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Step 3. Authorization.
To paste the password into the console, copy it to the clipboard, then right-click (the password will not be displayed in the console). Press Enter.

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Note! If a warning window appears, select the Yes button.

Step 4. OpenVPN script.
After successful authorization, enter the ready-made OpenVPN Road Warrior script: wget https://git.io/vpn -O openvpn‑install.sh && bash openvpn‑install.sh and press Enter key:

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Step 5. Setup wizard dialogue.
The setup wizard automatically includes the best suggestions within square brackets [ ]. Type your choice, confirming with the Enter key:
Protocol [UDP] — 1
Port [1194] — 1194
DNS — 1
Client name — You can type client, as suggested. In this example, Test was used.

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Press any key — confirm data entry with any key and wait until configuration are completed.

Step 6. Protocol for running OpenVPN.
When configured successfully, enter the command cat ~/Test.ovpn (instead of Test, use the name specified while configuring). The script will be displayed:

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Step 7. File *.ovpn
Select the text of the script, starting with the line client and ending with </tls-crypt>, copy it to the clipboard with the Ctrl + V combination and paste into Notepad. Save file as Test.ovpn (instead of Test, use the name specified while configuring), choosing All files type:

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Final step. Server connection.
Right-click on the Test.ovpn file and select Start OpenVPN on this config file.

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If the connection is successful, the PuTTy console will display the Initialization Sequence Completed status. Ready! You build your own VPN server from zero. From now on, all traffic will go through the VPN, which means the network connection is protected, and all blocked resources in the area will be available.

This guide is one of many methods for creating your own VPN. If you don't have enough technical skills or want to save time in setting up, you can make the task as simple as possible. LLHOST INC. has a solution for it — a ready-to-use VPN server for a virtual server's price! All settings are performed in a few clicks: select any plan and install the received configuration files. And as a bonus, we offer you a discount of -20% using the EASYVPN4YOU promo code when ordering any VPN server until August 5, 2022*. Benefit from it and let your friends know, because the promo code is valid for an unlimited number of users!

* The promo code is valid for three periods of monthly ordering.
 

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SysAdmin Day. Wait, it’s today?!

They say that the profession of a system administrator (sysadmin) is similar to that of the doctor — they only remember him when something fails.

Installing and configuring hardware and software, preparing and maintaining data backups, creating and updating user accounts, system troubleshooting, planning and implementing ways to expand the network structure of any business, and often ensuring cybersecurity, these are the main tasks of a system administrator. Thus, the success and stability of business performance is directly dependent on them.

Nowadays, the world's largest computer network consists of 6,000 computers and contains 35,000 km of optical cable. It was created at the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland to serve the Large Hadron Collider. On a daily basis, 2,500 specialists monitor the entry and distribution of approximately one petabyte of data. Although sysadmins are able to solve a lot of complex problems, the most common reason for apply remains fluid spillage on the keyboard. Every funny story spreads at lightning speed, turning into a joke. Let's remember one of them:

A man is flying in a hot air balloon and realizes he is lost. He reduces height and spots a man down below. He lowers the balloon further and shouts,
"Excuse me, can you tell me where I am?
"The man below says, "Yes, you're in a hot air balloon, hovering 30 feet above this field. "
"You must be in IT", says the balloonist.
"I am", replies the man. "How did you know?"
"Well", says the balloonist, "everything you have told me is technically correct, but it's of no use to anyone!"
The man below says, "You must be in management."
"I am", replies the balloonist, "but how did you know?"
"Well", says the man, "you don't know where you are, or where you're going, but you expect me to be able to help. You're in the same position you were before we met, but now it's my fault."


It has become a tradition to honor our invisible but important G-men on the last Friday of July. Ted Kekatos initiated System Administrator Appreciation Day in 2000. The American system administrator with 20 years of experience was so inspired by a Hewlett-Packard ads, in which users thank a system admin for installing printers with flowers and fruit baskets. He arranged a picnic for his colleagues in the suburbs of Chicago. Since then, this holiday has been celebrated annually, and is gaining popularity all around the world.

This year it takes place today, on July 29. LLHOST INC. is directly associated with the work of system administrators, and we want to celebrate that day together! On this occasion, each system administrator (as well as our readership) is honored with a -16% discount on all LLHOST INC. services for 6 months! It is so easy to use: enter the promo code #SysAdminDay2022 in a special field when ordering a Virtual, Dedicated, VPN-servers until August 12, 2022.

And don't forget to take part in the SysAdminDay flashmob!
Share your SysAdmin Day party pictures on social media using the #SysAdminDay tag.
 

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Free hosting: pitfalls guide

Search engine statistics show that thousands of people request "free hosting services" every day. Despite all the wealth of choice, these proposals do not lead the market. Why doesn't the word "free" have its magic effect anymore, and why does "free lunch" pose serious problems? Let's look at all the hidden threats of free hosting in today's article.

Low uptime
98% uptime (that comes with most free plans) is in fact a critical range. This means that your project will not be available for 14 hours per month. An unavailable resource will result in customer turnover, which will certainly have a negative impact on your business.

Low data transfer rate (DTR)
As usual, every free server has many projects hosted on it. It gets overloaded, download speed is reduced, and this increases download time by 20-30 seconds. The user loses interest in that resource, and you find it difficult to work on the project.

Traffic limits
There is often a traffic limit for free servers. The excess of the consumed traffic is an additional expense.

Inability to scale
Free hosting has a limited amount of disk space. As your project progresses, the only way to move forward is to switch to a paid plan. Its price may exceed that of the standard.

No technical support
Free plans mostly do not provide any technical support. Any questions that come up must be resolved on your own.

Risk of being hacked
Generally, just the cloud space you share with other users is offered free of charge. This increases the risk that your resource will be hacked in case your "neighbors" are attacked.

Threat of losing your project
Using free servers, you can lose your project anytime. Many hosting companies, which provide a free service, specify in their terms of use that they may stop the service completely at any time without explanation. A good example of this is Geocities, a free Yahoo hosting. The project was closed in October 2009, with over 38 million web resources hosted.

Restrictions, restrictions and more restrictions - the only thing that free hosting can guarantee. Minimal assistance, limited tools and excessive risk mentioned above.

If you are working on creating a project that you intend to develop, invest your time and energy, then free hosting is completely inappropriate. However, you have to pay for it, but in a hidden form. The right way is to accept the fixed plan for reliable and mutually beneficial terms long-term cooperation, isn't it?

LLHOST INC. is always willing to provide options to build a strong foundation for developing projects of any complexity. We offer a permanent discount for long-term cooperation for all our users. For all new customers, we have prepared a promo code #lunchdiscount. Apply it when ordering any Virtual Server (OVS) before August 19, 2022, and take advantage of a -14% discount on 3 monthly billing periods. Save on hosting smartly!
 

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Public Wi-Fi: Top 5 threats and 10 protection methods.

In our previous post, we shared the dangers that free hosting presents to our projects. To continue the same topic, let's talk about public Wi-Fi. What threats and risks are involved, and how can you protect your device?

Yes, we are used to the fact that public wireless Internet is everywhere: in any coffee house and shopping mall, airport, hotel and even on the street. ESET research shows that 74% of respondents use Wi-Fi hotspots without considering their security. And interception of traffic at such points can easily be done. Personal information, digital identification data, including banking ones, are at risk.

What makes public Wi-Fi dangerous?
The primary vulnerability is that while using a public network, your traffic is not protected. That creates numerous "loopholes" for attackers. We'll talk more in today's article.

Threat 1. "Evil twins" - fake hotspots.
When connected to Wi-Fi, you may not notice that you are using a "parallel" network with a similar name, imitating only a legitimate one. These hotspots are known as "Evil Twins" used for the theft of personal data and credentials and unauthorized access to internal networks is made.

Threat 2: Cloned websites.
Similar to a fake Wi-Fi access point, there is a risk of entering a "clone" site. This kind of scam is called DNS spoofing. Instead of the URL entered, you are actually redirected to a website that can look exactly like the original and your traffic is redirected to a third-party server. So, without any suspicions, you can willingly transfer personal data to attackers.

Threat 3: Infected devices of other users.
You may have taken care of your device's security, but all guarantees come to nothing if you connect to a public hotspot. Gadgets of users from the same Wi-Fi network can be infected with various viruses, worms and other malware that puts your device at risk of infection and/or loss of personal data, even if you have antivirus software.

Threat 4. The risk of stealing passwords.
According to LogMeIn statistics, 59% of users set the same password to access accounts on different services for ease of use. It represents a threat not only to personal security on the network, but also to family and friends. With your universal password, attackers actually get the keys to your life and can use them for various purposes: from correspondence on your behalf on social media to money transactions from your personal bank client account (mentioned in the previous article).

Threat 5. MITM vulnerability (“Man in the middle”).
“Man in the middle” is an attacker who interferes with the data transfer protocol. During a MITM attack, communication between the parties is intercepted (normally within the reception range of a wireless access point) and then relayed to the counterparties. An attacker may steal the identity of each endpoint, or remain an intermediary host, deleting or corrupting information.

How to protect yourself when connecting to public Wi-Fi?
Refusing to use public Wi-Fi in the modern world is hardly possible. Following these guidelines can help reduce safety risks.

1. Use public Wi-Fi only when necessary. All important operations requiring authentication and the entry of other private information should be performed only through a secure and reliable access point.
2. Disable the automatic Wi-Fi connection and select the networks manually. Thus, your device will not be constantly scanning for a familiar network, and attackers will be unable to connect the device to their network without your awareness (see paragraph on "Evil Twins").
3. Make sure that the devices you use to connect to a public Wi-Fi network are protected by antivirus software. Don't forget to update it on a regular basis, because if you force updates to be installed on a public Wi-Fi network, malware may be installed on your devices.
4. Check the legitimacy of the wireless connection. Whatever network you connect to, always check the Wi-Fi access point information (network name and password or IP address).
5. Always mark your connection to public Wi-Fi as "Public Network". This will prevent your device from sharing files or other sensitive information with others in the network, which will decrease the risk of malware infection from its "holder".
6. Use a VPN. Private VPN servers from LLHOST INC. create a secure and encrypted network connection, taking care of your privacy.
7. Enable Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) for critical resources (bank clients, email, social networks, etc.). This will prevent unauthorized connection to the device.
8. Delete your Wi-Fi connection when you have completed the necessary steps to avoid automatically connecting to a network when you get within reach.
9. Change your passwords once you have used public Wi-Fi networks. The recipe for a strong password is simple: use upper and lower case letters, numerals and special characters.
10. Use the HTTPS data transfer protocol. It supports the security of site operations, the reliability of connections and the protection of data transmission.

It's quite difficult to protect yourself from hunters who are deliberately trying to get your bank data. But you should be prepared for any attacks today. Private VPN servers from LLHOST INC. were created to ensure that your personal and business correspondence, instant messenger conversations, online purchases, browser browsing history, etc. were not intercepted or overheard. And we're ready to help and keep it simple! Use promo code #publicwifihowto and get a -12% discount on any Private VPN server from LLHOST INC. for 3 monthly billing periods. The promotion is valid until August 25, 2022, but why wait when you can take action now!
 

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All you should know about UPTIME.

We have mentioned uptime more than once in our publications. And since it is one of the keys when choosing a hosting, let's get into what uptime means, and why the quality of hosting directly depends on it.

Uptime is a measure of time an equipment, IT system, or device, has been working and available. It displays the time interval from startup to termination of server functionality for any of the reasons: an error, a reboot, an unplanned shutdown, etc.

Idle time of a system is called "downtime". This is the time interval during which the server is unavailable to users.

Server uptime is measured as a percentage of uptime to downtime.

The ideal uptime is 100%, which is impossible. Scheduled reboots or other preventive maintenance, as well as emergencies, are reflected in uptime rates. Short interruptions with the server are safe, because problems are diagnosed in an instant and immediately fixed by hoster. So, for example, 99% uptime says that your server will be unavailable for 15 minutes a day (8 hours a month), and 99.9% - 50 minutes a month. Uptime 98% is considered critical (see Free hosting: pitfalls guide). Your server will be unavailable 14 hours a month, which could cause serious problems for web project owners.

Low uptime affects search engine optimization especially. It pushes down in search results rankings, since indexing by search robots stops during downtime. Negative results demonstrate PPC ads, posted on the third-party advertising platform, if your resource cannot be achieved. Losses from low uptime affect not only progression of your project, but also earnings. If your resource operates with frequency of crashing, the user will appeal to another one.

Make sure your project is available for as much time as possible! Prevent your users from switching to competitors and increase the number of new ones. Choose high-quality and reliable hosting that will ensure the smooth running of your commercial project, as changing hosting to a more stable one will increase the rating of your resource.

LLHOST INC. guarantees the maximum server uptime to ensure the successful implementation of any projects. Our uptime rate is currently 99.9%. You can make sure of it when working with virtual (OVS) or VPN servers from LLHOST INC. And promo code #uptime will cut the cost of services by -14%. Apply it before September 2, 2022 to activate the discount for 3 monthly billing periods. Our specialists are always happy to help in our Telegram chat or Ticket system.
 
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