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The Advantages Of CDN

The internet age gives business owners the opportunity to reach out on worldwide scale. Never before have businesses been so accessible. This also means that competition is higher. In the battle for higher rankings, optimal user experience has become the goal for all companies with an online presence.

The key is speed. The online world is an impatient one and that’s why a Content Delivery Network is essential for those who want to enhance their web performance and provide an excellent user experience.

CDN SoftwareHere are just some of the advantages of a CDN software for your business.

Reach Further And Quicker

Band width determines how fast data is transferred. Latency determines how long it takes to get there. A CDN can solve latency issues, cutting down on delays so that even long distance transactions work quickly and seamlessly, leaving you with happy customers, wherever they are in the world.

Reliable Load Times

Speed and latency can mean the difference between making a sale and losing customers. If your pages take more than a few seconds to load or visitors have to wait for downloads, they will move on, no matter how good your products and services are. What’s the point in spending precious time and money on a fantastic looking website, only to be thwarted by reliability issues? CDN means speed, and speed means customer satisfaction and healthy sales.

Analytics

CDN software is not only used for speed and performance. It can also be used as an analytical tool to obtain valuable information. Monitoring and analysing trends and customer usage behaviour allows you to take advantage of opportunities that could ultimately help increase your sales.

Cost-Effective

CDN software gives you a single platform that works across the globe, cutting out the need for multi server providers and the complex infrastructures of expensive foreign hosting. This can save you a great deal of time and money.

Security

With a CDN you have the added assurance that your content is protected and downloads are reliable and secure.

If you’re serious about promoting your business through your website, then reliability and speed are essential. Investing in a CDN will not only save you time and money, but will help provide users with a satisfying and pleasurable online experience, boosting sales and your company’s credibility. In this competitive age, it will keep you one step ahead of your rivals.

Make your world bigger – contact SynEdge today for more information on CDN software delivery, or visit us online to see our full range of CDN solutions.

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The Benefits of Using HTTP/2

Since 1999 browsers have used HTTP/1.1 to connect to servers and request the information to load a web page. While it has done it’s job, it is no longer up to scratch when it comes to the variety and amount of content on websites today. In comes HTTP/2, a better, faster version of HTTP/1.1 but built for the modern world. It allows for the faster transfer of information from server to browser with less of the power needed.

Due to the nature of many websites nowadays, HTTP/1.1 just can’t keep up with the demand efficiently. The increasing use of components other than HTML – such as videos, Flash animations and JavaScript – mean that more work is having to go into delivering the content of the web page by creating several connections. This can then lead to the connections becoming slower and content taking longer to load which, as the majority of us are aware, this is incredibly frustrating for the user. Slow web page loading times are proven to drive away sales and can cost a company a lot of money.

While using a CDN to cache website information speeds up the process somewhat, when combined with HTTP/2 it performs even better. Additionally, websites with a high mobile traffic volume would benefit from moving to HTTP/2 sooner rather than later; the benefits will be most keenly felt by HTTP/2 enabled mobile devices. Simply put, HTTP/2 loads web pages faster and saves everyone some time.

As a fourth generation CDN, SynEdge has been designed with this in mind. We’re HTTP/2 ready, meaning we can provide the best service for your mobile web presence as well as more conventional ways of accessing your content.

Benefits include:

  • Multiplexing – The need for several connections between the client and server are removed; an accelerated series of numerous requests can be sent at once and the responses can be received out of order.
  • Header Compression – The HTTP header size is drastically reduced, decreasing page load time.
  • Stream Priority – The importance of one resource above another can be indicated to the server by the client.

To find out more about how your HTTP/2 needs can be met, get in touch. info@synedge.com

How Much Should You be Charging for a DDoS Attack?

New research has found that DDoS attacks have built up a consumer demand, with services available for as little as $5.

Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks have seemly become a commodity recently as it has been found that it is possible to acquire someone to undertake an attack through places such as the professional marketplace Fiverr. Previously these services were only found on the ‘dark web’ for eight times the price they can be found for now.

Some of these services are aimed at companies to test the defences of their own web servers which they refer to as ‘stresser services’ but it isn’t specified as to whether this ‘stresser’ attack has to happen on a companies own servers. It is possible that one organisation would pay for an attack to happen on a competitor; 12% of 5,550+ companies polled in 26 different countries by Neustar suspected that a competitor was behind a DDoS attack that they had suffered.

According to John McAdams from the security firm F5 Networks these attacks are the most challenging to tackle, presumably due to their versatile nature. Research from Neustar has also found that nearly half of companies questioned were facing an attack up to four times a day, and 57% said that they had faced some kind of loss or theft of important and confidential data. Due to the nature of the attacks, some companies may not realise that they are under attack for approximately three hours, sometimes leading to losses of hundred of thousands of dollars.

As the Internet of Things expands, so does the risk of being open to a DDoS attack. The internet primarily was never built with security in mind; it is a product that has been created for user experience and convenience above all else so the IoT opens entire networks up to vulnerabilities. As everything is becoming connected many sectors are becoming easier to attack such as healthcare and education, and in these cases there is more at risk than monetary loss.

Security surrounding technology and the IoT is increasingly having to become more sophisticated in order to keep up with attacks such as ransomware and DDoS that are compromising the safety of millions of people, their money and their personal data. When security is still lacking and attacks can happen so stealthily it is easy to see how someone able to deploy an attack has become a commodity.

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Ransomware: What You Need to Know And How to Protect Yourself

Ransomware has been one of the fastest growing cyber crimes over the past few years and it only looks to get worse. Criminals are favouring infecting computers with ransomware over traditional forms of money laundering such as stealing credit card details.

What is Ransomware?

Criminals will find a way to gain access to your computer or mobile device and lock you out, demanding a ransom on order for you to access your data and files again. Often the amount they ask for will make most victims feels as though they have to make the one off payment – usually in Bitcoins – in order to gain access to their files again. The overwhelming majority advise not to pay the ransom when this happens (including the FBI) because not only is there no guarantee that it won’t happen to you again, it also validates the effectiveness of the scheme to make money.

How Much Money Have They Made?

Criminals that make use of ransomware software have made multiple millions of dollars in the last few years. Just the cases that were reported to the FBI in 2015 added up to $24million in the pockets of the deployers of the extortionists, and according to the Cyber Threat Alliance the CryptoWall ransomware that was discovered in January 2015 has made an estimated $325million in damages – this includes storing back up data and de-bugging machines.

Who Needs to be Worrying Most?

Ransomware will usually go after companies or organisations that heavily rely on accessing sensitive data daily because they’re more likely to pay the ransom quickly as they can’t afford the down time it would take to counter an attack. These include hospitals, airports and airlines, banks and police departments, however individual users will also be targets.

What Can be Done to Prevent an Attack?

Back Up Data

Firstly, regularly backing up important data is the most effective defence against ransomware, making sure you’re not vulnerable to their threats. It may mean locked computers but you won’t have to pay to see important files or data again. Try to ensure that these backups are done offline and not on a network share as these are as at risk of ransomware as the desktop. If you do a backup on to an external hard drive then it needs to be removed from the computer otherwise that will be encrypted too. In February and March of this year two hospitals in the US (The Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles and The Methodist Hospital in Henderson, Kentucky) were targeted for ransomware attacks, the former paying up the $17,000 Bitcoin ransom in order to gain access to their systems again with the latter choosing not to, restoring their data from a back up.

Don’t Click Suspicious Links or Open Unknown Emails

Usually computers will end up infected with ransomware because the user has clicked on a link or opened an attachment in a phishing email, opening up their computer to malware. This may seem obvious and the majority of people are aware of this, so ransomware hackers have devised a clever way of tricking people into clicking on malware infected URLs; malvertising. They compromise adverts on websites that you know and trust and will trick you into clicking a link that you are for the most part confident about.

Many companies are giving their employees online security training in a bid to lower the risk of infection due to click-happy members of staff. If employees can be trained into recognising phishing emails, it could drastically reduce the risk of an entire company falling victim to a ransomware attack.

Remove Any Vulnerabilities

Having a sophisticated security system is also one of the best ways to prevent against an attack. Human error will happen and so individual users cannot be held entirely responsible for making sure an attack doesn’t happen. There are security systems that claim to be able to block the majority of potential attacks from malicious websites through detecting ransomware and malware however no security system is perfect. If third party plug-ins aren’t up to date – such as Java or Flash – they will use these to access your computer.

Cut it off at the Source

If one user or computer gets infected and you catch it in time, disconnect it from the system to stop all other machines from being infected too. This means removing it from the WiFi, bluetooth and the corporate network. Once this has been done the type of ransomware can be detected and possibly bypassed depending on how sophisticated it is.

These are the relatively simple things that you can be doing in an attempt to prevent a ransomware infection, however they are not foolproof. If you cannot find a way around the ransomware and your data hasn’t been backed up then a payment is necessary, even though it is advised against.