Finding a Cheap Asp.Net Host for Web Hosting

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Well I’ve been looking at various Asp.Net hosting plans that past few weeks. I never realized just how many cheap web hosting solutions there where out on the net. Needless to say I have been spending a lot of times on these various Asp.Net Hosting company’s web sites and I’m now more confused than when I started. I’m not going to mention any direct names as I’m sure most of these hosting companies offer good solutions.

The problem I have is its hard to decide. The hosting company I am currently on is very good, but I want to launch a new site for my wife so I want something that gives decent performance for DotNetNuke applications and I would also like to install a copy of community server in another site. So I definitely need a MSSQL server enabled account with the ability to host multiple domains. This is not always easy to find at an affordable price. I need to keep the cost cheap since these are pretty much hobby type sites and I only try to earn enough to pay the hosting fees with the advertising on the sites. I don’t think my wife is going to let me put any advertising on her site so I need something that won’t break the bank.

I’ve also found several cheap dedicated hosting plans that I may consider, but I will need to generate a lot more traffic before this is feasible. There are a lot of companies which offer various hosting web solutions using a dedicated hosting or virtual private server, but most of these only allow one MSSQL database per account. This does not really work if I want multiple applications running in the same hosting account. So I guess I’m stuck with a shared hosting solution until I can build up enough traffic to pay for my own dedicated host that offers multiple MSSQL databases. The problem here is most are not a cheap hosting solution and I really don’t want to get into paying a lot of money ever month for hosting these hobby sites. Well the search continues.

Stopping Spyware at the edge of the network

Spyware is a more serious problem for network today than most viruses and really pose more of a threat to the security of the network. Over the past couple of years the number of virus outbreaks have actually went down while the proliferation of Spyware has grown to enormous proportions. The main reason for this was while all the large companies where working to prevent the Virus outbreaks seen by most companies during the early part of the 21st century the rising threat of spyware was mostly over looked.

Spyware is no longer being overlooked, but the Spyware writers have a huge lead over companies that are attempting to provide products to combat this increasing threat. The main method for combating this threat is to ensure the computers in your network have the latest patches for the operating system, but this is not always feasible in this environment of companies asking Technology Support departments to do more with less resources. Technology Support personal numbers ar eon the decline in a lot of companies while the threats to the infrastructure are increasing. Testing and deploying patches is a labor intensive operation even if you us some of the automated tools out there like Windows Update Service, you still must test each patch to ensure it does not interfere with custom applications used in support of the company’s business processes.

Another popular method is to limit the user’s access on their desktop, but this is not always feasible either, since a lot of applications require the logged on user to have elevated permissions on their computer to function properly. Couple this with the fact that many Technology Support departments do not have the political clout to force users to work in a manner that is best for the company as a whole.

So considering these situations how does a Network Admin control this threat in an effective manner. The Network Admin must go to the one area that no one else has access to the Network Edge. There are quite a few commercial products out there that will hunt down Spyware on the network and kill it on the user’s computer. You can also implement a Web filtering device which prevents user’s from visiting in-appropriate websites while they are connected to the company’s network. Many of these applications also have options to detect and eliminate Spyware type applications from ever entering the network.

This may be a difficult sell since these programs are usually kind of pricey, but if approached the correct way then you can usually get Management to sign off on the cost. The most efficient way to convince them of the need is to take an approach showing how much more productive employees will be with these protective measures in place. These edge appliances can potentially provide a method for Network Administrators to take back control of their network resources and eradicate these Spyware type resource draining applications from their network.

Spyware Protection through Lowest User Access

Many of the computers that are attached to the Internet are infected with some sort of Spyware or Adware type applications. These applications are designed to subject the user from anything from annoying pop up windows to the stealing of people’s identity. As time goes along these programs will only become more advanced and will cause even more problems for Internet Service Providers and System Administrators as these programs advance in functionality and become even harder to detect.

There is a simple measure you can take to prevent these programs from being able to access your system in the first place. Many experts recommend that you keep your system updated and ensure you have the latest Virus and Protection software up to date. You can even utilize a firewall, like the one that comes default with Windows XP, to combat these threats. These are great ideas, but there is something simpler you can do that will prove to be more effective at combating Spyware than all of these methods combined. This method is described as Lowest User Access or LUA.

By default most home computers only ever have one user account created and that is the account that first came with the computer. This account known as Owner or Administrator or sometimes even your name probably has Administrator privileges. What most do not know is an account with Administrator privileges is not needed for the majority of tasks you perform on your computer. These privileges are needed when you are setting up software or installing additional hardware to your computer, but for simple surfing the net and working in office applications do not require near this level of access.

Why is this fact being mentioned, well it’s because this is the main cause of Spyware and Virus infections on the majority of computers. Most computer owners are not even aware of this fact since the default accounts shipped on computers are usually in the Administrator’s group. This is by design since this reduces the amount of support calls the computer companies receive because people can not perform a certain task and they call for support as a result. If anyone can perform any task then that reduces the chance they will need to call the support desk which saves the computer company money.

There is no valid reason for the majority of users to ever need Administrator privileges to perform 90% of all tasks you will ever need to use your computer for accomplishing. You could just as effectively accomplish your daily tasks with an account that only requires user permissions. If everyone would do this then Spyware can be eliminated and it would not be profitable for people to write these programs. The reason for this was alluded to earlier. Since only the Administrator or Power User Level accounts can install software then at least one of these types of accounts is required for Spyware to install itself. If you are not logged on under and account with these elevated privileges, then the spyware can not install. This is a very easy protective measure to take and you can implement it in just a few minutes. Just right click My Computer and select manage. Then open up the users section and add your self a new lowest access user to your system and use that account to surf the net. You can always log onto your computer with the Administrator account if you need to install something new.