A virtual private server (VPS) is a compromise between shared hosting and a dedicated server. The VPS product allows web hosts to combine the strengths of both hosting models in one, cost-efficient IaaS solution. We’ll take a closer look at this hosting solution, demonstrating how a virtual private server works, exploring the advantages and disadvantages of it, and deciding who the model is best suited for. [...] ►
Raspberry Pi is an inexpensive small form factor PC that can behave like a standard computer in many respects. Users can use this innovative mini-computer for all kinds of functions, from setting up an operating system to surfing the web, to using it as a server or a media center, and much more besides. Discover 10 interesting Raspberry Pi projects to try out at home. [...] ►
Raspberry Pi is the first choice for do-it-yourselfers around the world when it comes to single-board computers: It’s small, cheap, and meets most server and media center requirements. But more and more manufacturers are putting their own mini-computers on the market: Raspberry Pi alternatives want to set themselves apart with lower prices, more powerful hardware, or edgy and exceptional features. We present an overview of four current alternatives to Raspberry Pi here. [...] ►
The internet is not new territory for scammers: Scamming encompasses all tricks that criminals use online in chats, via mail, or over social networks, to get unsuspecting people to give them their money. The criminals play their victims through deceitful methods on almost every platform across the internet: They build up a relationship, and eventually, lead their victims to make advance money transfers. How does the scam work, and how can you protect yourself? [...] ►
You don’t always have to use the market leader – this also applies to remote access. TeamViewer is still the most widely-used solution for remote management and online meetings, but there are numerous alternatives on the market which can be considered. We present some serious alternatives to TeamViewer. [...] ►
Have you always wanted to operate your own web server? Raspberry Pi makes this goal more realistic, without commanding a high price and expert-level knowledge for set-up: hosting a website’s test environment or a private cloud is just as manageable for the small computer as controlling light sources, heaters, or other home devices (home automation). In our tutorial, you’ll find out all you need to know about using Raspberry Pi as a web server and how to set this system up. [...] ►
Being constantly faced with headlines about stolen passwords, it’s understandable that many users are concerned. Your best bet is to make your passwords as complicated as possible and have them consist of many different types of characters. But even this won’t help if it’s the actual log-in area that isn’t secure enough. Even today, attackers are still successful with the notorious and simple brute force method. [...] ►
The most effective system break-ins often happen without a scene. Instead of disrupting central network devices with DDoS attacks or sneaking through onto operating systems with Trojan horse techniques, hackers increasingly try to exploit the human security gap. There are various such methods that fall within the broader category of social engineering: a technique that sees hackers gather publicly available information. They then use it to attempt to trick company employees by exploiting their normal human traits, such as helpfulness or fear in order to obtain privileged information and passwords. Find out how social engineering works, and what you can do to prevent it. [...] ►
Although the software itself doesn’t contain any functions for monitoring hosts, services, or events, Nagios is one of the most in-demand IT monitoring solutions. This task is left up to Nagios’ plugins, which can be installed in addition to the core files. Check out our digital guide and find out more about these indispensable modules and how to use these for your own Nagios installation. [...] ►
Archiving and compressing data adds security and stability to systems. For Linux and other Unix-like systems, there are countless free programs that can be used to help create and unpack files via the command line that are unaltered or compressed. One of the classic packing programs for Linux is tar. Even today, the tool is considered to be one of the most important archiving tools, especially for compression tools like bzip2. [...] ►
1&1 Server Guide: professional tips on configuration and administration
Servers are what make up the physical basis of the internet. Setting up your own professional site, putting products online for sale, or connecting multiple company locations with one another: all of these tasks require the support of high-performance computers. And it doesn’t matter if you purchase hardware resources for your own data center or opt for the flexibility of cloud services: operating a server comes with the challenge of independently configuring and administering hardware components. But don’t worry, there’s a lot of support out there for these tasks. In the Server Guide of 1&1’s Digital Guide series, you’ll find regular articles, news, and tutorials on how to operate this indispensable component of today’s IT infrastructure.
Server information for businesses, developers, and tech hobbyists
Packed with practical tips, our guide covers a wide spectrum of topics primarily aimed at mid-sized companies, freelance developers, and tech hobbyists. While some articles, like ‘What is a server?’ or ‘DNS – name resolution online’ cater more to beginners, experts are by no means left hanging; there’s a wide range of detailed texts and tutorials on important tasks like choosing the best operating system, filling security gaps, or getting the best possible performance out of your software and hardware.
What you can expect in the 1&1 Server Guide
If you take a look, you’ll notice our guide is divided into four different subcategories, each covering a different topic. The ‘KnowHow’ area sets out to familiarize beginners with the basics of operating a server. Details on different server types and how to use them are also laid out here. Tips and tricks on managing server software is found under the keyword, ‘Configuration’. The category, ‘Security’ is all about dealing with potential problems server operators may encounter from online threats. Conventional methods of attack, like viruses, worms, and Trojans, and what you can do to combat them are explained here. And the category, ‘Tools’, provides useful guidance on what resources can help make administering your server a more manageable task.