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How to Harden the Security of MySQL on your VPS

Tags: , , Date/Time: October 22, 2016 @ 8:29 am, by Jon Biloh


Security is a critical component of any database application. Did you know that a default MySQL installation can leave your database vulnerable to cyber threats?

There several different implementations of the SQL database available on Linux and UNIX systems. MySQL and MariaDB are the most popular options for deploying relational databases in server environments.

In this article, we will demonstrate a few tips that will help you improve the security of your VPS hosted database. In the examples, we’ll use MySQL, however, these techniques can also be applied to other database implementations such as MariaDB.


Shared and Reseller Hosting Special Part 1

Tags: , , , Date/Time: October 20, 2016 @ 8:11 pm, by IThinkUFailed

We’ve seen an increasing demand recently for shared and reseller hosting over on our forum, LowEndTalk. This two-part special is aimed to highlight the fantastic providers in our community both LowEndBox and LowEndTalk. This is mostly focused towards new users wanting to get their first site online or wanting to start their hosting business with a reliable but affordable reseller hosting package.



I approached VortexNode directly as they offer some of the cheapest plans on this list and are an active member on LowEndTalk despite joining in September they have made quite a splash in the community and they have also been actively trading since 2014. They have kindly agreed to match the offer that was on LowEndTalk and included a reseller offer in the mix. They use cPanel for their shared hosting platform and offer a 99.9% Uptime Guarantee.



HostUS – New Storage KVM Line Starting @ $10/quarter + Asia OpenVZ @ $25/year – 8 Locations

Tags: , , , , , , Date/Time: October 19, 2016 @ 12:58 am, by Ishaq

Andrew from HostUS sent in an offer featuring their new storage KVM product line as well as Asia Pacific and USA/EU OpenVZ offers. We’ve listed them multiple times before and they’re well known around here.

HostUS Solutions LLC is a registered Delaware company with file number 5491145.

The hostnodes feature Intel Xeon CPUs, with 64GB of DDR3/4 RAM, along with RAID10 SSD, SSD Cached or HDD dependant on location. They are connected to a 1Gbps port.

They operate their own network in the USA and UK (AS7489 / AS25926) and in Asia they partner with SoftLayer (AS36351). They use direct ARIN (USA) and APNIC (Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney) IP allocations.

Customers are provided with a custom in-house control panel named “Breeze” to manage their services. More about that here.

They offer PayPal, Bitcoin, Credit Card, AliPay and Skrill as payment methods. A 3 day money back guarantee is offered. As always, please ensure you read their terms, which are available here.



– 256MB RAM
– 1x vCPU
– 200GB HDD (RAID 10)
– 1TB Transfer
– 1Gbps Uplink
– 1x IPv4
– 1x IPv6
– KVM / Breeze Control Panel
– $10/quarter
– $33/year
– Available in Atlanta
– [Order Now]



Setting Up An Encrypted Volume on your UbuVPS

Tags: , , , Date/Time: October 16, 2016 @ 12:18 pm, by Jon Biloh


Developers commonly use virtual private servers to build applications for their clients. Securing the data stored on your VPS can help protect against the accidental exposure of your data in case of a breach.

Linux distros such as Ubuntu can assist you in creating an encrypted volume on your VPS. Best of all, this can all be done from the command line interface (SSH).


Send us your Shared/Reseller hosting offers!

Tags: , Date/Time: October 14, 2016 @ 6:55 pm, by IThinkUFailed

Hi there I’m going to keep this short and to the point.

We’ve got in the works a pretty different post coming up. This post is going to come out in roughly a week from now and we need your help.

We want shared and reseller hosting offers so that we can put together something similar to a community round up but focused solely on shared and reseller hosting offers.

There’s a few requirements however as this post is more aimed towards people just wanting to get their first site online or just wanting to get their feet wet in the industry.

  • Shared hosting for single sites not to exceed $15 per year or $1.50/mo
  • Reseller hosting not to exceed $3 per month or $30 per year
  • Detailed description of account limits such as disk space, databases, bandwidth etc – no ‘Unlimited’ disk space offers will be accepted!

We  really want to highlight some of the great talent that exists on our sister site and will be sending messages to you guys but we want to showcase new providers as well!

If you are wanting to send in offers then do it quickly as we are hoping to get this out in about a week from now! You can send us your offers here

Thanks everyone and please let us know if this is something you would like to see more of.

How to Install & Configure Jabber on your VPS

Tags: , , Date/Time: October 10, 2016 @ 12:00 pm, by Jon Biloh


There’s a variety of reasons as to why you may want to turn your VPS into a private instant messaging server. Regardless of your motivations, we’ve compiled a guide that will help you understand the basics of installing, operating and managing a VPS running Jabber, a popular instant messaging platform.

The Background of Jabber

Before we dive head first into Jabber, let’s spend a few moments on the background of the Jabber project. Jabber is an initiative to produce an open source, XML-based instant messaging platform.

Jabber was started in 1998 by Jeremie Miller. The Jabber standards and architecture help create a distributed IM system. Systems administrators may notice that Jabber is similar to an email server, with users connecting to these systems locally.


LoveServers – KVM & OpenVZ SSD VPS Birthday Offer – Manchester, UK

Tags: , , , , , , , , Date/Time: October 9, 2016 @ 10:16 pm, by Ishaq

PROMO CODE 50BIRTHDAY for offers below which will get you 50% off first month.
PROMO CODE 50BIRTHDAYRECUR for any plan at https://loveservers.com which will be 50% off recurring.

Jack from LoveServers sent in this offer to celebrate their 1st year in business.

LoveServers Ltd is a registered company in England & Wales with registration number 09835683. They own all of their equipment and have physical access to address any hardware issues should they arise.

They offer ASN Sponsorship, IP leasing and free BGP sessions on their quarterly KVM deal.

DDoS protection is available for only £1/month extra per IP address.

They accept PayPal, Credit/Debit Card, and BACS/Wire Transfer as payment methods. Please see the ToS for further information before ordering.


Yearly KVM Special
– 512MB RAM
– 1 x vCPU
– 10GB SSD Cached Disk Space
– 250GB Transfer
– 1Gbps Uplink
– 1 x IPv4
– /64 IPv6
– KVM/SolusVM
– $15/semi-annual
– $25/year
[Order Now]


Setting up Git for Free on a VPS

Tags: , , , Date/Time: October 5, 2016 @ 6:00 pm, by Jon Biloh


Have you thought about setting up your own private Git server on a spare VPS?

Over the years, GitHub has become a critical service for developers. While some subscriptions of the service can cost over $2,500 per year, free versions exist for small developers who are building open source.

There are some limitations of the free version you should know about. The free service doesn’t allow you to privately host the code, which can be an issue in some development scenarios.

An example of what you could do with the free version of Git would be if you are developing a private mobile app that you aren’t ready to release to the public just yet.


Stack Network – 1GB KVM VPS in LA and Hong Kong & $39/mo Dedicated Server in Guizhou, China!

Tags: , , , , , , Date/Time: October 4, 2016 @ 3:37 pm, by IThinkUFailed

Today we have something a bit different as Roy from Stack Network Ltd has sent us two offers for our loyal readers. Stack Network was founded by Roy in 2015 and it’s a registered business in the UK, Hong Kong and China and they focus on virtual servers, dedicated servers and other web developments. They tell us that there is 24/7 support via Live Chat and tickets receive a responses in minutes.

As they are focused on the Chinese market they support Paypal, Credit cards, Bank transfers (Open a ticket for details) and AliPay. We do suggest you read their Terms and Conditions and their Product Policy prior to sign up.

The Mainland China dedicated server and Hong Kong VPS don’t have a bandwidth cap but will be limited by a port speed e.g 1Mbps for the vps and 10Mbps for the dedicated server. 

KVM Node Specs
– E3-1230V5
– 64GB of RAM
– 4x 2TB HDD with LSI 9271 Hardware RAID10
– 1Gbps uplink in Los Angeles

KVM-1GB (Los Angeles or Hong Kong)
 – 1024MB RAM
 – 512MB Swap
 – 1x vCPU
 – 30GB RAID10 Protected Disk Space
 – 1000GB Monthly Premium Bandwidth over 1Gbps uplink (Hong Kong location will be 1Mbps unmetered)
 – 1x Dedicated IPv4 Address
 – $4.95/mo with code LEBSEPSALE


WaveCom – Estonian KVM VPS starting at $56/year – in Tallinn, Estonia

Tags: , , , , Date/Time: September 30, 2016 @ 6:06 pm, by IThinkUFailed

Ranko from WaveCom sent us an offer recently. WaveCom has been operating since 2001 and offer services in their facility in Tallinn, Estonia. They have focused mostly on dedicated servers and colocation options in the past but as of 2012 have focused their main development to cloud services. They’ve told us they’ve done some pretty cool stuff in the telecommunications industry which you can find out more about here. They’re a registered Business in Estonia(Registration Number 10756058) and accept most major credit cards, PayPal and Bank transfers as payment methods.

They’ve told us they use HP hardware and SAS drives in a RAID10 array but you should still always take backups yourself – If you’re using Ubuntu we have a nice tutorial on How to backup your Ubuntu VPS to DropBox here and as always we encourage all users to read their Terms of Service prior to sign up.

Node Specifications
HP DL380 Gen8
2x Intel Xeon E5-2620v2 CPU
8x 600GB SAS HDDs in RAID10
10Gbps uplink


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