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Security Tips & Tricks

Fake Emails – Beware

Unfortunately, fake emails are increasing in popularity and are now more and more sophisticated. We will show you the top 2 types of emails you must be aware of to protect yourself against fraud.

Type 1: The email message with a file attached

This is the most dangerous type because if you download this file, usually with a legit name like “purchase order”, “new order”, etc you will be installing a trojan software on your computer. The objective of the hacker is that you download and try to open the file, this will install the malware using a common name difficult to identify. The script will then run on the background without you even noticing. Meanwhile, it will collect information every time you type something for example usernames, passwords, etc. Then it will send this information to the hacker that sent the file.

Example of Virus

Type 2: The email message with a “Call to Action”

This kind of email is the most common, but most people already know that it may be a scam. The main problem is that hackers are getting more sophisticated. Inside the message, you will find a “call to action” that will open a new page that may seem legit, for example, your email provider, Amazon, Netflix, or a social media account. They will ask you to “verify your identity” and ask you to input a username and password. After you input your login details, the website will show a generic error message like “Network busy, please try again later”. Then, the hacker will receive your information and because many people use the same login details over several platforms, the hacker will be able to login to more important sites, like your bank account, Paypal account, etc.

Example of Fraudulent Email

Tips to Avoid Being Tricked

There is no single recipe that will be 100% effective. However, you can use one or more of the following tips to get a better idea.

a) Fake or fraudulent emails will usually include generic information. Real or legit emails will usually include information that you can verify, for example, a valid Invoice Number, your Name, etc.

b) Fake or fraudulent emails will usually attach unknown files. Do not download any file that is not in a popular format like PDF, JPG or PNG. Any other file format will increase the change of getting a trojan or malware script.

c) Avoid any “call to action” from an unknown source. If in doubt you can reply to the email and ask for references and how the person got your contact email. But never download a file or open links from this kind of sender.

d) Beware of files from known persons that are not your frequent contacts. Confirm with the person by a phone call if indeed they sent you a file as their email accounts may have been compromised.

e) Double-check the source of the email. For example, our company will only send you emails from our main domains: internetsolutions.hk and ishkdomains.com. Any other sender should not be trusted. If in doubt please contact our support team ASAP (support at internetsolutions.hk) to verify the authenticity of the message.

Tips to Improve Online Security

a) Never repeat a password for different websites. In case one website gets compromised, the hacker will not be able to login to other sites.

b) If possible, use different usernames for different websites. Our Enterprise Email service has a very useful option where all emails sent to a nonexistent address will be forwarded to your main email address. Example: you register a new account for a social media platform. You can use “socialplatform@yourdomainname.com” and all messages will be forwarded to your real email account.

c) Always use strong and random passwords. Password Generator.

d) Enable the “View File Extension” option on your computer and avoid downloading any dangerous file with formats like .exe, .zip, .tar, etc that may include malware.

Windows tutorial: https://fileinfo.com/help/windows_10_show_file_extensions

Mac OS: https://www.addictivetips.com/mac-os/show-file-extensions-on-macos/

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Announcements

New Enterprise Email Design

Dear Customer,

We are excited to announce that your beloved Enterprise webmail now has a fresh new look! Welcome to a world of speed and stability.

Some of the cool new features awaiting you are:

Design Makeover

Personal and Global Contacts

Shared Calendar to synchronize meetings and schedules across your team

And some completely brand new features like:
Instantly import contacts from other accounts in one-click
Add custom signatures to each mail you send
View many mailboxes on one interface
Create identities, filter auto-responders, add reply-to addresses

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Tips & Tricks

Upgrading Latest PHP 7

Did you know that the latest PHP family 7 is twice as fast as the default 5.6 that around 50% of websites still use today? Here you can see a detailed benchmark where we can see the comparison using the most popular CMS WordPress with different versions of PHP.

We highly recommend all our clients to upgrade as soon as possible to the latest PHP7.3 that is already installed in all servers. However, make sure to always download a backup before and do a PHP Version Compatibility Assessment.

If you need help don’t hesitate to contact our support team.

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WordPress

WordPress – How to Update

WordPress 5.0 is being released tomorrow, December 6th. This release contains a major change to the WordPress editor. The new editor, code-named Gutenberg, is a substantial leap forward in functionality. It uses a new block-based system for editing which allows you to embed a wide range of content in your posts and pages, and gives you a lot of flexibility in laying out those blocks on the page.

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Deals

Promotion! 2nd Year 30% off!

We are glad to announce a brief promotion for all new Shared Hosting orders paid biennially. You will get 30% off the total amount! What are you waiting for? Go ahead and place the order for the best Shared Hosting in Hong Kong.

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Announcements

Litecoin Accepted

As always, Internet Solutions HK, one of the best Hosting providers in Hong Kong SAR, continues to update and keep up with current trends in the technology industry. We now welcome Litecoin, the sixth largest cryptocurrency with a market cap of $9 billion, as another method of payment that offers low transaction fees, anonymous and almost instant transactions.

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Announcements

Now Accepting Bitcoin

We are glad to announce that you can now use Bitcoins to pay for Website Hosting products. After a long period of testing and integration in our website www.internetsolutions.hk we are sure that this new option is safe and will bring convenience to many clients.

What is Bitcoin?

Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer electronic cash system. It is a consensus network that enables a new type of payment method and a completely digital form of money. It is the first decentralized peer-to-peer payment network that is powered by its users with no central authority or middlemen. From a user perspective, Bitcoin is perhaps best described as ‘cash for the Internet’, but Bitcoin can also be seen as the most prominent triple entry bookkeeping system in existence.

Why Bitcoin?

The beauty of Bitcoin is that it requires no central servers or third-party clearing houses to settle transactions – all payments are peer-to-peer (P2P) and are settled in about 10 minutes – unlike credit card payments, which can take weeks or months before they’re finally settled.

Bitcoin is still a cutting-edge experiment in technology and economics, and like the worldwide web in 1995, its myriad potential, purposes and applications are yet to be decided. Is it just electronic money? A foundation for smart contracts and electronic shares? Is it underground and subversive, challenging the power of governments, or will it integrate into mainstream finance and go unnoticed? If you know the answers to any of these questions, or if you can figure out how to capitalize on them there may be many lucrative opportunities for you in the Bitcoin space.

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Announcements News

ISHK New Design 2017

The Month of July 2017 saw the addition of multiple updates at ISHK as we continue to Help you through your online success.

This blog post is a series which aims to update you every month on the latest updates to our platform and influent news the month.

New Design and Billing Url

We are very proud to have updated our websites link structure and design.

The update is aimed to keep our website up to date with the latest trends and most of all, simplify the user experience.

If you find any bug or errors please let us know: support(at)internetsolutions.hk so we can fix it as soon as possible.

Our new design also comes with a transition from internetsolutions.hk/secure/ to internetsolutions.hk/dashboard/

The KnowledgebaseOur Knowledgebase has new entries aimed at helping you solve issues and learn.

Here are updates made during the month of July:

  1. WEBSITE DESIGN UPDATE
  2. Connectivity Issues Server Athena 
  3. Kernal Update
  4. Website Design Update
  5. Athena Server Reboot 

Do you like our new website design? How helpful were these updates?

See you Next time with another ISHK Update.

Be sure to follow us on all our social channels as we aim to help you through your online success.

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WordPress

WordPress Update 4.8 “Evans”

It is time again for a WordPress Update, as the WordPress development team has released WordPress 4.8 on June 8, 2017. This is the first Major WordPress Release of 2017 which has new features and enhancements. In this article, we will show what new features were added.

This version most previous versions are named after Jazz composers. This Edition is nicknamed “Evans” in honor of the Jazz pianist and composer William John “Bill” Evans.

If you have auto-update enabled via softaculous, you should have received an email alerting you of your website is updated.

If not, then you should be able to enable the updates by visiting the “Update” section withing your menu highlighted in the screenshot or see an alert within your WordPress Admin area.

NB. Create a Complete WordPress Backup before making an update.

Three New Media Widgets

  • Image Widget – this widget enables you to add an image to the sidebar/widget area by selecting and/or uploading it to your media library with options for title and whether you want the image to have a link to a URL.
  • Video Widget – similar to the image widget, this enables you to embed a video within your sidebar/widget area. You can either select/upload to your WordPress media library or use videos from YouTube, Vimeo and other oEmbed providers.
  • Audio Widget – like the Image and video widgets, This widget enables you to easily add audio files to the sidebar/widget area. It uses an HTML5 audio player and supports MP3, OGG, and WAV audio file formats
  • Rich Text Widget – in previous editions, The Text widget area didn’t include a much needed visual editor. This edition gives you an improved visual editor like the one used to composed blog entries.

Nearby WordPress Events

This New Dashboard widget displays news as well as events near your location. If you have multiple users of your website dashboard, each user will see events near their location.

This widget uses an IP at api.wordpress.org to guess the user’s location based on the IP address hence if you are using a VPN, events near your server will be prominent.  You can also manually change the location to see events near your from around the world.

Link Boundaries

Have you ever tried updating a link, or the text around a link, and found you can’t seem to edit it correctly? When you edit the text after the link, your new text also ends up linked. Or you edit the text in the link, but your text ends up outside of it. This can be frustrating! With link boundaries, a great new feature, the process is streamlined and your links will work well.

Other Updates for WordPress 4.8

If you are a WordPress Developer then the following updates will be of interest. If you are not a developer, feel free to skip to the conclusion of this article.

  • changes in editor API –  a new editor API for TinyMCE which is initiated by JavaScript.
  • variable customizer width –  If you have used the live customizer large screens,  You may have noticed the sidebar looking narrow. This update makes the sidebar proportionate to the screen within the live customizer.
  • username prominently displayed on edit user screen
  • Tag cloud widget will not use title tag – the title tag is now replaced with the easily accessible aria-label attribute
  • More Accessible Admin Panel Headings – New CSS rules mean extraneous content (like “Add New” links) no longer need to be included in admin area headings.
  • Removal of Core Support for WMV and WMA Files – As fewer and fewer browsers support Silverlight, file formats which require the presence of the Silverlight plugin are being removed from core support. Files will still display as a download link, but will no longer be embedded automatically.
  • Multisite Updates – New capabilities have been introduced to 4.8 with an eye towards removing calls tois_super_admin() Additionally, new hooks and tweaks to more granularly control site and user counts per network have been added.
  • Media Widgets API – The introduction of a new base media widget REST API schema to 4.8 opens up possibilities for even more media widgets (like galleries or playlists) in the future. The three new media widgets are powered by a shared base class that covers most of the interactions with the media modal. That class also makes it easier to create new media widgets and paves the way for more to come.

Conclusion

So those are the latest features and enhancements which were added to the latest version of WordPress. Feel Free to email us at support[at]internetsolutions[dot]hk if you run into any issues while making your update.

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