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Using Linux for Business

Using Linux for Business

Business and Linux – in the same sentence ? The impression often exists that Linux is reserved for the desktop hobbyist and servers only. After all, aren’t all the business applications written for Windows. A less known fact is that some big business run whole divisions on ONLY linux for their desktop usage. This saves […]

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A good backup strategy

A good backup strategy

The 3-2-1 backup strategy   The best backup strategy is known as the 3-2-1 strategy. What this means is that you must always have at least 3 copies of your data, 2 of which are local, but on different devices (i.e your computer + a USB hard-drive) and at least 1 copy offsite (i.e Cloud […]

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Securing your windows server

Securing your windows server

Windows servers are a target for malware and hackers as they are often badly set up exactly because setting up a basic windows server is as easy as installing it. The default installation security has improved with leaps and bounds. Server 2012 is far more secure than server 2008 and Server 2016 improved it even […]

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Windows or Linux Servers ?

Windows or Linux Servers ?

WINDOWS Pros Cons Integration: Almost everything works or is compatible with windows Security: Windows is the most widely used platform. It naturally draws the most malware. Support: A lot of Support in the form of forums, Microsoft Technet and user Q & A sessions Cost:  Although it is sometimes included in the purchase price of […]

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FTP – Resolving “Failed to retrieve directory listing”

FTP – Resolving “Failed to retrieve directory listing”

Although this is aimed at Filezilla clients, the principles will work for any other FTP client as well. FTP Symptoms You enter all the detail from Host Africa, click on “connect” and ……. connection is successful, but no file listing appears or you get an error “Failed to retrieve directory listing” Why ? Lets have […]

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Super Simple Guide to cPanel

Super Simple Guide to cPanel

cPanel Quick-Start Ok, so now you have a Host Africa hosted cPanel server, now what ? cPanel can be incredibly confusing if you have never worked with a web based control panel before. Most guidelines are written by tech guys and it seems that they are written only for tech guys. If you are not a […]

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Support and the role of your hosting provider

Support and the role of your hosting provider

As hosting providers, we at Host Africa are often challenged in our role as hosting provider, especially with regards to support. Our role is our focus… We are here to provide hosting space to our clients. At HostAfrica, we give our customers a hosting space as cost effectively and as streamlined as possible. Our focus […]

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Why “password” isn’t a password

Why “password” isn’t a password

How to choose (design) a good password  A good password is more than just some obscure word or a random combination of characters. Modern password cracking software can easily break passwords in a surprisingly short time. Any password shorter than 12 characters is fair game and even longer passwords can fall if not constructed correctly. […]

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Cron jobs: Creating and using timed commands

Cron jobs: Creating and using timed commands

Cron jobs are a software utility and time-based scheduler in Unix-like environments. Though they are found in a range of software, for this article, we will look at cron jobs in CPanel for your website. They are used in a variety of tasks, such as running scripts or downloading items from the internet. If you […]

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