You may have read the news about the huge password hacking recently uncovered, in which an estimated 1.2 billion username/password pairs on over 420,000 sites around the world have been stolen by hacking teams operating out of central Russia since 2011.
The security breaches made use of a technique known as “SQL injection.”
All our Webcrossing servers are immune to this kind of attack because we do not use SQL. Instead, Webcrossing servers use a special NoSQL object-oriented database.
So we wanted to reassure our hosted and self-hosted customers who use Webcrossing native authentication that their login information is secure.
We have updated the Webcrossing server to fix an important stability issue which, under certain circumstances, could cause your Webcrossing server process to silently quit, leaving your site unresponsive.
The latest release version is now Webcrossing 6.4 source: 1670 2014-04-25.
In addition to the important stability fix, this new version also allows guest users to visit sites licensed for a limited number of users (a so-called “seat license”). This feature lets private sites optionally host certain areas which guest visitors can read. Previously seat licenses did not allow guest visitors.
Webcrossing sites we host will be upgraded as needed.
All customers with valid support and maintenance contracts can download this new version at no cost.
We highly recommend upgrading to the new version. If you have a valid support and maintenance contract, please contact support for access to the new server. If your support and maintenance contract has expired, please contact us to renew so we can provide you with this important update.
All our data center servers are being greatly enhanced. Soon all our Webcrossing servers will be running on an SSD (Solid State Drives) instead of a “spinning disk on a spindle” hard drives (HDD).
This should make a huge improvement in all disk access performance and is an enhancement we are really excited about.
It will require migration to new server machines, so we will coordinate with all customers about the timing.
The overall Internet connectivity, cpus and RAM are also being enhanced. It is a big thing, and we are really excited about it!
We want to reassure all our customers that your Webcrossing server is unaffected by the recent “Heartbleed” bug you’ve heard so much about. If you are using SSL in your server, the version of OpenSSL we use is not a version affected by the recently publicized bug.
Our secure credit card processing site is likewise unaffected by the Heartbleed bug. In fact your credit card information is not kept at all; it is encrypted as it goes into our secure merchant system.
In general you should use different passwords at all your sites of course. That is just good, basic practice.
If you ever have questions about security for your Webcrossing server, please contact us.
The Webcrossing database is a NoSQL object-oriented database. Please see http://elliptics.com/why-webcrossing-is-so-great-for-web-development/. Also this recent article might be of interest:
As mentioned in the article, the great advantage of NoSQL, we believe, is the scalability and flexible, agile development possibilities. You can add new objects and modify existing objects directly, as your customization requests have come in. Or as it says in the article above, instead of developing for a year and spending $1 million you can build a working prototype for $20,000 in two weeks.
Ask us what we can create for you!
Webcrossing Neighbors is a complete private-labeled social network with personal home pages, groups and friends relationships (first, 2nd and 3rd degree friend support is included).
We’d like to showcase some of the features of Neighbors in upcoming blog posts. Neighbors is a perfect, affordable social network solution for your school, company, religious community, non-profit organization, educational group, neighborhood association, hobby group and other niche groups. We will help you set it up, support you and make it affordable.
And remember, as with all Webcrossing sites, members can participate via the web, or post by email.
In Neighbors, members can have their own personal blogs, photo albums and file store areas – you decide. Groups have additional loads of tools to choose from. Even live chats!
Profiles and groups are linked so people can easily find groups of interest to them, and make new friends with shared interests.
Here we see a typical Neighbors Group nav menu.
Each group has a picture. There is a link to the group home. The Activity Stream shows current activity in the group.
Groups can have Blogs, Discussion areas, a group Calendar, a Files area for sharing resources and a group Wiki. And you can also generate RSS feeds from group.
Each group decides which tools they need.
Also, each group can set any of these tools as their default landing page. Some groups might want to concentrate on their news, so maybe they want their blog to be the first thing people see. Other groups may want to concentrate on discussions, so have people come there first.
Groups can also design their own custom landing pages, and modify their CSS. Even add group chat rooms for live chat!
You can have open groups, where anybody can post; public groups where anybody can join and post; approved membership groups where people can request to join and completely hidden groups, which don’t appear in listings, and to which you must be invited.
We’ll be showing you more snapshots and features in upcoming newsletters, so keep posted. Or ask us for a demo!
Please check out Lisa Schmucki’s interview on Bloomberg TV about edWeb.net. Lisa is the CEO of edWeb, one of our strategic partners, and we are as excited and enthusiastic as Lisa is.
The Webcrossing plugins server, which was not working for a while, is now working again. You can access it from your Control Panel > Shop for Plugins. So if you have a hosted site, or an up-to-date self-hosted site, you can now easily add new features to your site via plugins. There are many kinds of plugins you can make use of, including new folder items, UI features and extensions. They are all free, and automatically download and install from the plugins server.
If you don’t have access to a Webcrossing server control panel and want to browse the plugins available, you can also directly at http://plugins.webcrossing.com/plugins.
Elliptics is pleased to announce a special upgrade to the Webcrossing 6.4 server. Revision 1660 was released today and includes many optimizations, enhancements and stability fixes especially for:
- Highly customized and scripted sites.
- Sites which run in a manager/node configuration (clusters).
- Sites with large numbers of members.
In addition to these enhancements, designed to prevent temporarily stalls after a large number of node (folder, discussion, message) modifications, there are also enhancements to the indexed search engine in Webcrossing.
If you are a hosted customer, then the new build is available automatically as we upgrade sites.
If you are a self-hosted customer with an up-to-date maintenance and support contract, the new build is available immediately by sending a request to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will provide you with download credentials.
If you are a self-hosted customer with a lapsed maintenance and support contract and you would like this important new update, please contact email@example.com to arrange for a contract renewal.
The Webkosa open source project, the open source version of Webcrossing, is now released at Sourceforge at https://sourceforge.net/projects/webkosa/. You can read the project description there, and more about the open source project in general at http://elliptics.com/open-source/.
We want to thank everybody for their support in helping us get to this point.
I hope you all join the project at Sourceforge and also help to spread the word.
Elliptics and our partners provide resources for Webkosa development and we are anxious to see it succeed, and we would love to see growth in the numbers of site owners and developers using this amazing product. The potentials are limitless!
Please note that Elliptics does not directly provide support for users of Webkosa. Also, the core Webkosa server source base differs from the Enterprise source base we host and support. If you require any kind of support or bug handling then using Elliptics hosted Webcrossing services or maintaining a support and maintenance contract for your Webcrossing server is the way to go.
Webkosa support is via the Webkosa community itself. Elliptics will take stable milestones from Webkosa and feed them back into the Enterprise version and perform rigorous quality checks as we release new, fully-supported Webcrossing versions going forward, for our customers.
Please read more about how to get started with Webkosa at: