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TVC.Net is now offering unlimited free SSL certificates to all VPS and Dedicated Server customers.

- Just ask and you'll be SSL enabled and renewal fee-free in minutes!

Technical stuff:
This SSL setup utilizes SNI. SNI stands for Server Name Indication and is an extension of the TLS protocol. It indicates which hostname is being contacted by the browser at the beginning of the 'handshake'-process.

This setup allows a server to connect multiple SSL Certificates to one IP address. This graph covers the devices which support SNI, https://goo.gl/VhmeFv

Yes, SSL certificates will be auto-renewed every 90 days, free of charge. Your customers will no longer have to worry about SSL renewals or SSL renewal fees. We've got you covered!

*The instant security advantage:
While your customers may initially choose not to take advantage of SSL for their websites, once your cPanel server has been SSL enabled, we do encourage you to notify customers that login pages may now be accessed securely via SSL, free of charge.

We can assist you or your clients in updating your website's links to SSL for a one-time fee of $79.

Call http://TVC.Net for more information, (619) 479-6637๏ปฟ

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In case you may have heard a rumor about about that newfangled WordPress Application shown here at https://apps.wordpress.com/desktop/

Turns out it's not an April fools jokeโ€“and it works pretty darn nicely (me-surprised).

Below is a 2 1/2 minute walk through, without voice, just to give you a taste on how the WordPress application works. Enjoy!

https://youtu.be/Mm8v_ri_4G4
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Trying really hard to remind folks. ๐Ÿ˜‡

Google may start shaming sites with a ๐—ก๐—ผ๐—ป-๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ label in a few weeks. Get your site secured with SSL, ASAP. You've been nicely warnedโ€“once again.
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โ™ฅ ๐—ง๐—ฉ๐—–๐—ก๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—™๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ ๐—ฆ๐—ฆ๐—Ÿ - ๐—œ๐˜'๐˜€ ๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—š๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ด๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ช๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜๐˜€!

Hi all,
Jim Walker with http://TVC.Net here.

Good news!
Yet another benefit of hosting with TVCNet.
If you are currently hosted with TVCNet, SSL has been enabled for FREE on all of your website domains!

Yes, that means no cost SSL and no future SSL renewal fees.


+ No really Jim, what does this mean for my website?
Well, it means we have enabled SSL on your server for your website. Though please keep in mind that "web pages" can't be set up automatically.

You or your web designer must manually update your website to httpS:// in order to gain the security advantages of an encrypted website connection.

If your website is running WordPress, I wrote this article for you, at https://goo.gl/3H5wB7

* We can likewise roll up our sleeves and assist you or your clients in updating the website links on your website to httpS:// for a one-time fee of $79.


+ What about Google search and my website?
Google believes in the importance of SSL so strongly that they've now begun to mark some not encrypted websites as insecure, while giving those with SSL certificates installed a boost in search engine rankings.

Websites with a URL like http://your-domain.com are not encrypted.
Websites with a URL like http://httpS://your-domain.com are encrypted.
"S" stands for secure.


+ What can a web hosting company do for me SSL-wise?
A web host can either give you a free SSL certificate (like TVCNet has done), or you may purchase an SSL certificate from your host.


+ Why would I still wish to purchase an SSL certificate?
Free SSL certificates use the the shared IP address of the server for all domains. While technically there is nothing at all wrong with this approach, a purchased SSL certificate does include a dedicated IP address.

And if you are a business and would like to present how important security is to your client customers, a paid EV SSL Certificate like the one shown at https://tvcnet.com will change the web browser's location bar to a distinctive shade of $$$ green.

The highlighted in green location bar may help to better differentiate your site from the competition and show your customers that you guarantee the security of your website.


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More technical stuff about SSL:

+ Google SEO and SSL certificates - What should I know?
First, be sure "all" of your pages show the padlock closed in your browser's location bar (not just your contact form), then double check your robots.txt files to ensure none of your links are blocking Google search, and check your XML sitemaps as well.

All links within your sitemaps must be updated to httpS:// respectively.

And last but not least, once all is set within your website SSL-wise, be sure to add the HTTPS property to your Google Search Console (GSC).

The GSC treats HTTP and HTTPS separately. So start by ensuring all (4) variants of your URLs are added in your GSC account:
http://your-domain.com
http://www.your-domain.com
https://your-domain.com
https://www.your-domain.com

Once done, be sure to set a 301 redirect in your website hosting account to your preferred httpS:// URL.

For more details, see https://goo.gl/3H5wB7


+ Recommended reading:

1. Google. "HTTPS as a ranking signal"
https://goo.gl/JPCXYE
2. Google. "Overview: Site moves with URL changes"
https://goo.gl/XR8bXZ
3. Google. "Set your preferred domain (www or non-www)"
https://goo.gl/pOF6vD
4. About the "Your website is Not Secure" warning
https://goo.gl/KREYBU
5. "TVC.Net is now offering unlimited free SSL..."
https://goo.gl/tBAQGs


+ Anything else?
I hope my explanations above have covered the basics of SSL and Google search enough for you to take advantage of your new free SSL certificate with TVCNet.

If not and you do have any further questions please feel free to contact me and I'll do my best to further clarify our free SSL program.

Best Regards,
Jim Walker


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๐—”๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ "๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฏ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ก๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ" ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—š๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ด๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—–๐—ต๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ

If a page on your website includes a password or credit card input in a non-secure context, a warning will appear in Google Chrome's location bar.

This article link below covers why and how to avoid the browser warning:
https://developers.google.com/web/updates/2016/10/avoid-not-secure-warn

๐—ฃ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ผ๐—ฏ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป.
From what I can tell, Google is marking all website pages with the HTML included below, even though the form does not require passwords or credit card data:
"<form name="

Scary times for unsuspecting website owners who "didn't get the memo..."

๐—ข๐—ป ๐—ฎ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜๐—ฒ:
If you have a VPS or Dedicated Server with TVCNet, SSL is free!

See our post from September, https://www.facebook.com/webhostingcompany/posts/10153732116010723๏ปฟ
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What does HTTP/2 have in common with rocks?

As you may have heard, TVCNet has been offering HTTP/2 for over a year now, since early 2015. And we are proud to say we were one of the first shared hosting companies in the world to advertise the offering of HTTP/2 to shared hosting clients.

We've been asked a lot of questions regarding HTTP/2 over the past year. So I'll try my best to list and answer the most frequently asked questions about HTTP/2 below:


1.
What's so special about HTTP/2
Answer:
Individual files are no longer requested individually (wow!).

Remember back in the Internet stone age when you would work to optimize your website performance by combining your CSS and JS files, along with image sprites, so your web pages would have fewer requests for faster page loading?

Well, those days are long past. HTTP/2 not only allows a connection to serve multiple requests simultaneously (aka, multiplexing), but it's a binary, not a text protocol, making the loading of pages more compact and greatly more efficient.


2.
So should I still combine my JS and CSS files like I used to do for website optimization (aka, concatenating CSS and javascript files)?
Answer:
Nope. And while it probably won't hurt, that optimization concept is no longer relevant with HTTP/2. Drop it like a rock.


3.
Since optimizing pages for fewer requests is no longer "a thing," should I care about inlining images in CSS?
Answer:
Those days are past. Inlining of images in CSS, or javascript for that matter, might even slow down performanceโ€“another best practice dropped like a rock. HTTP/2 makes web site optimization easier.


4.
Can splitting resources between hosts still help to improve the performance of my long website pages?
Answer:
No. That strategy, sometimes named "domain sharding" may even hurt the performance of your site under HTTP/2.

For those of you not familiar with domain sharding, it was a way to break page requests in a resources rich web page out into multiple domainsโ€“basically the poor man's HTTP/2.

The concept was innovative back in the day, but no longer relevant in the post HTTP/1.1 world. I recommend dropping the domain sharding website optimization technique like a rock.


5.
Do all web browsers support HTTP/2?
Answer:
In the real world, we've not seen a single complaint from any of our clients regarding web browsers performing any differently (other than faster). So in this regard, I would say, "HTTP/2 is awesome!" and, "Don't worry about it..."


I hope this article has helped to describe what HTTP/2 is about and helps to answer a few commonly asked website optimization questions for the post HTTP/1.1 era.


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Editorial written for TVCNet by Jim Walker @hackrepair


Answers provided in this article were taken from my own experience, and the definitive presentation on HTTP/2, by Ilya Gregorik, at the 2015 Velocity Santa Clara conference. Article image derived from same slide presentation. Ready to geek out on HTTP/2, check his presentation at https://goo.gl/lYFGaF๏ปฟ
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Just a heads up about phishing attacks against Gmail accounts. There has been an uptick of rather ingenious phishing attacks against Google email clients recently.


A few observations and recommendations:

- If you do receive some sort of email alerting you to sign into your Google account, I recommend against clicking links in email to do so. Just go to the website in question and log in as usual to avoid potential compromise.


- Consider setting up Google 2-Step Verification <https://www.google.com/landing/2step/>
I understand that having to verify your login via a phone application or email can be a hassle.

If you consider the immense downsides of being hacked, the benefits of using 2-Step Verification may be worth the few extra seconds it may take to verify your account before logging in.


- Watch out for Google related login notices. When you log into your account from a different device, Google will email you a notice like, "Your Google Account was just used to sign in from Chrome on Mac."

If you donโ€™t have a Mac, well, that's not a good sign... Forthright and with haste, log in and change your passwords immediately.

Secret knowledge tip:
Did you know you can check your login activity anytime and even bounce active logins? To learn how this works, check the how-to at: https://support.google.com/mail/answer/45938

Once logged into Gmail, click the little โ€œDetails" link, bottom right of the page, etc. If you can't find the details link, try logging out, then logging back in once again to clear that bug.

Enjoy!๏ปฟ

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A wonderful review of our service from a client this week, in Facebook, "Who knew a hosting company could be so caring. AND really work to resolve a problem. Even strange, off-the-wall issues. I had been thinking about changing hosting companies for a few months because SiteG...nd could never really solve my issues. Even though they offered 24/7 support, my previous hosting company wasn't that fast to respond and a different person from various different countries would answer a thread with 'canned' responses that got me nowhere.

I learned about TVCNet because one of my sites got hacked and Jim got it back running in hardly any time at all. His company offers superior customer support with an all-American staff and they work diligently to SOLVE a problem. After the hacked web experience I looked at his hosting plans which are very reasonably priced. What's nice is you can also talk to him directly on the phone if needed. He told me he's been doing this for 18 years now. He genuinely cares about sites running smoothly, and places a high importance on security.

The other company couldn't even 'see' that my site had been hacked and it took them 2 days to even realize there was an issue...which I had been telling them all along.

Sorry, but I'd rather be with a hosting company that will go 'all-out' to make sure your site is secure. And Jim does exactly that. So far I've moved 3 of my sites over to him and will soon be moving the rest over. I feel relieved to know that TVCNet is on my 'team' and that they are there and available when I need them. I also really appreciate the fact that they are 'security' specialists and can handle malicious attacks in a swift manner.

I design websites and from now on TVCNet will be the ONLY hosting company I recommend!."

https://www.facebook.com/graphicsandmusic/posts/10210682255349596:0๏ปฟ
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ThreeMono Digital Marketing review of TVCNet service, "Working with TVCNet through one hacked WordPress website and a web host transition has absolutely been a remarkable..." Read more at https://goo.gl/nfrjgH๏ปฟ
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