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What is PCI Compliant Web Hosting?

What is PCI Compliant Web Hosting?Who?

  • Who has to be PCI Compliant?
  • Everyone who has any contact with credit card information, including websites which automatically transmit credit card data to an authorized gateway must be audited on a yearly basis and must submit PCI compliant quarterly reports.


  • What is PCI compliance?
  • It the adherence to the set of rules set forth by Visa, Master Card, American Express and others in the credit card industry.
  • Their basic goal is for everyone who is accepting credit cards to follow the same set of standards to be sure that credit card information submitted by your client cannot get compromised in the process of handling their transaction with you.


  • When do I need to be PCI Compliant?
  • Different merchant providers are implementing PCI Compliance at different times. However, there is no better time to achieve this status, for your OWN Protection. Stolen credit card data can result in the lose of your merchant services, as well as impact your ability to apply for merchant services in the future.


  • Where can I find a PCI Compliant web host?
  • Right here! Our unique all-in-one approach addresses all aspects of eCommerce including PCI Compliance.


  • E-commerce Software: Shopp or WooCommerce
  • Security Certificate: 2048 Bit GlobalTurst SSL
  • Server Environment: Full Intrusion Hardened
  • PCI Compliance: ControlScan Verified
  • Merchant Services: Cayan
  • Payment Gateway:
  • Antivirus Software: ClamAV, CSX, Sucuri
  • Anti-spam software: Our Exclusive Anti-Spam Engine
  • Web Application Firewall: Applicure
  • Plus:
    • Redundant Backups – R1Soft
    • Secure FTP – sFTP
    • Feature Packed Web Hosting 

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Should you change your password?

PASSWORD DO'S AND DON'TSIf you have a poor password your website is at risk! Spammers and Phishers constantly try to break into websites that have poor passwords, once in they use your website to host fake websites intended to deceive people into proving private information, or they use your website’s sendmail service to send spam from YOUR email address. The #1 way to protect yourself is YOUR PASSWORD. We encourage all users to choose a difficult password using the following tips listed below.

Passwords aren’t suppose to be easy, they are intended to protect you, so don’t make it easy!

 NOW and change your password to something hard!


  • Bad Password: charlie
  • Better Password: charl!e
  • Bad Password: password
  • Better Password: PaSsW0Rd!2

Password Do’s

  • At least eight characters long – 16432794
  • A combination of upper and lower case letters- IE: PaSwoRDexAmPLE
  • Use interspersed numbers – IE: use 0 instead of o (zero instead of the letter o)
  • Use characters such as !@#$%& – IE: use ! instead of i etc…
  • Passwords aren’t suppose to be easy, they are intended to protect you, so don’t make it easy.

Password Don’ts

  • Your first name, last name, or login name, in any form
  • Consecutive or repetitive numbers or letters
  • Adjacent keyboard letters such as qwerty or asdfghjk
  • Common and obvious letter-number replacements (e.g. replace the letter O with number 0)
  • Easily guessed personal information such as names and dates of yourself, family members, pets and close acquaintances
  • Easily obtained information, such as:
    • address
    • license plate numbers
    • telephone numbers
    • credit card or ATM numbers
    • Social Security or Social Insurance numbers
    • email addresses
  • Dictionary words, in any language, forward and backward
  • Popular book titles, movie titles, or phrases
  • Short passwords

Additional Tips

  • Never share your password with anyone. Protect all passwords as you would protect your bank PIN.
  • Never store passwords unencrypted on your computer. Password management software is great for managing many passwords, but take great care to protect access to your password database with a strong password, access card or USB key! (Or better, a combination of these).
  • Never type your password when anyone is standing nearby.
  • Beware of phishing scams.
  • Change your password frequently.
  • Never use the same password in many places, especially online!

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