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Web servers – Apache Server Basics

Web servers – Apache Server Basics

Apache Server is one of the oldest web servers. Apache used to run only on Linux but is now available for Windows and OS/2 as well. The Apache Server has been around since 1995 and has played a major role in the development of the World Wide Web (WWW). It was based on the NCSA HTTPd server, […]

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cPanel Security checks to do regularly

cPanel Security checks to do regularly

 cPanel is a layered system What I mean by this is that cPanel has many layers of users and thus many potential security breach points. Due to its flexibility and complexity, cPanel also has many areas that need to be looked after from a system security perspective. We will take a look at these below: […]

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IPV6 Part 2 – Formats and special addresses

IPV6 Part 2 – Formats and special addresses

IPV6 Reduced Complexity IPV6 networking reduces the complexity of address planning and assigning addresses to networks. Instead of using a wide variety of IPV4 subnet lengths, it is best practice to use some standard prefix lengths to simplify things. IPV6 should be a breath of fresh air to those who toil with the scarcity constraints […]

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Benefits of using a VPS rather than Shared Hosting

Benefits of using a VPS rather than Shared Hosting

Shared hosting is one of the cheapest options when searching for a hosting solution. This is because it is also the most basic. Multiple websites share a physical web server and its resources, including the same database, bandwidth and storage. This makes it very economical and easy to maintain, but it drastically reduces the performance […]

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IPV6 Part 1 – An introduction

IPV6 Part 1 – An introduction

IPv6 can be simpler and more efficient that IPv4 If the length of an IPV6 address looks scary and you think that the learning curve to ramp up to IPV6 will be too steep, take a deep breathe. Learning IPV4 concepts was JUST as hard originally. After a few hours, it all makes sense. IPV6 […]

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Windows PowerShell commands – Part 2

Windows PowerShell commands – Part 2

Benefits of PowerShell over Command Prompt Well, PowerShell certainly has more power! The command prompt is an interface available to execute simple DOS commands; most users have not explored it beyond ping, ipconfig or in the programming world, ftp. However, PowerShell is much more than that. While there are many differences between the two, here […]

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Windows PowerShell commands – Part 1

Windows PowerShell commands – Part 1

  At Host Africa, we believe in helping our clients to the best of our ability. This sometimes also means refusing to help clients as some queries fall outside our area of expertise. Windows Powershell is one of these areas. As a result, we would like to help with a short article compiled from various internet […]

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Testing EMail Protocols from the command line

Testing EMail Protocols from the command line

Introduction and tools you will need to test email protocols Have you ever wondered what sort of conversation occurs between mail servers? Here is a guide on MTA-Speak and how to see if your mail server is actually working or not, ordered by email protocols. You will need a telnet client installed to run these tests and some form […]

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There is a new worldwide ransomware outbreak

There is a new worldwide ransomware outbreak

It has elements of NotPetya.  Organizations in Russia, Ukraine and a few hours later also the U.S. are under siege from Bad Rabbit, a new strain of ransomware with similarities to NotPetya. The outbreak started Tuesday and froze computer systems in several European countries, and began spreading to the U.S., the latest in a series of attacks. […]

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VPS or Web-hosting – which do I need?

VPS or Web-hosting – which do I need?

Which package is right for me? This all depends on what you want to do and what skills you have available. The quick and short answer is Websites = Web Hosting and Applications = VPS. This is a bit of an oversimplification. If your website includes some sort of customised back-end software or application, you […]

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