Meltdown and Spectre

Meltdown and Spectre are two recently-discovered security vulnerabilities in modern CPUs, including those used on our servers. The brief response from CiviHosting regarding these two issues is that Meltdown is a serious vulnerability, but our servers are not vulnerable to it. Spectre is less serious, but our servers are not vulnerable to it either. The more detailed response, for those interested, begins with a brief review of what the issues are: Meltdown is described on the Meldown Wikipedia page as: Meltdown is a hardware vulnerability affecting Intel x86 microprocessors and some ARM-based microprocessors. It allows a rogue process to read any kernel memory, regardless of whether it should be able… Read More

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GDPR Compliance

The GDPR is the General Data Protection Regulation and as the home page of the EU GDPR site says: After four years of preparation and debate the GDPR was finally approved by the EU Parliament on 14 April 2016. It will enter in force 20 days after its publication in the EU Official Journal and will be directly application in all members states two years after this date. Enforcement date: 25 May 2018 – at which time those organizations in non-compliance will face heavy fines. This regulation, or set or regulations, governs data security and the privacy of individuals. As the EU GDPR home page also says: The EU General… Read More

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How to Install Laravel on Shared Hosting

If your host has PHP and MySQL, then there is a good chance that they can run Laravel. There are a few other requirements, such as certain PHP extensions, but those are fairly common. The only real issue is Composer. If your host can’t (or won’t) run Composer, then forget about it. πŸ™ But if they can, then most likely you can install Laravel. πŸ™‚ If they have Composer already installed, then you’re set. If not, you must install yourself, but it’s not too hard. The directions on the Composer Download page are great and they work on many machines. For shared hosting, however, you probably will need to make… Read More

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How to Install Nextcloud Server

If you host with CiviHosting, the easiest way to install Nextcloud server is just to ask us — we will do it for you. πŸ™‚ But if you don’t host with us, or you just prefer to do it yourself, there are two steps: Get the files onto your account Install Nextcloud Get the files onto your account There are two methods to get the Nextcloud files onto your account: Via the Web Installer Manually You can use whichever method you prefer — the end result is the same. Load Files Via the Web Installer To get the Web Installer, right click on this link: setup-nextcloud.php and save that file;… Read More

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What is Moodle

In this post, we are going to explain what Moodle is in very simple terms that anyone can understand. Overview Moodle, in one sentence, is a Learning Management System (LMS) which means a website where you can share course information with students and then manage and track their activity and progress. A bit more in depth, Moodle is a website which is password-protected so only you and your staff and students etc, have access to it. Inside of this website you can access course information that people shared on Moodle. Here is a view a student would see of courses: But there’s more. πŸ™‚ There are more features ink Moodle,… Read More

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