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GreenGeeks Makes Solid State Drives (SSD) Standard on its Web Hosting Plans

GreenGeeks SSD Hosting

GreenGeeks is proud to announce today that all of our existing customers have been upgraded to servers utilizing solid state drives (SSD) as part of our commitment to offering the best hosting experience. New customers are automatically provisioned onto the SSD hosting platform.

GreenGeeks has been testing the SSD setup for several months leading up to the upgrade across its entire server fleet including shared hosting, reseller hosting and its virtual private server platforms. With multiple internal and external tests, page loads have dramatically seen improvements in the range 50-100% over its legacy RAID-10 SATA server infrastructure.

“Speed is something our customers are always looking for and we’re always testing new ways in our lab to give our customers that speed without affecting the reliability we have come to be known for,” Kaumil Patel said, COO of GreenGeeks. “After seeing the great results with performance and even an improvement on reliability, we had no choice but to roll it out to all of our customers and make it the standard for our servers,” he added.

We’ve also made multiple tweaks and enhancements on our web server caching technology, database servers, security and countless other improvements to ensure that our customers receive the best web hosting experience possible.

Green Tech: Solar Panel Roadways

We haven’t posted a cool green gadget for a while and while this isn’t really a “gadget” it’s definitely on point with what we’re trying to push; a greener planet.

The Earth has over 11 million miles of paved roadways, all of which absorbing heat energy from the Sun… well, imagine if we could harness the energy from the Sun from the roadways?

Enter Solar FREAKIN’ Panel Roadways… here’s a cool Video put together about it:

Scott & Julie have started an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds to further develop & implement the technology.

The Heartbleed bug and what you need to know


HeartbleedIn the last few days I am sure that you’ve heard about an Internet-wide security exploit called the Heartbleed bug. Security here at GreenGeeks is a top priority and we take it very seriously. Once learning about the exploit, technically referenced as CVE-2014-0160, we began to address it immediately.  We have created this article to help you understand a bit more about Heartbleed, how you can protect your information and what we’ve done to address it.

What is Heartbleed

The Heartbleed bug is a very serious security vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library used to secure information traffic across much of the Internet. It was nicknamed “Heartbleed” because the vulnerability could leak/bleed information and was involved in the Heartbeat function of OpenSSL. The weakness allows hackers to steal information that is normally protected by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure the Internet. SSL encrypts information sent over networks such as web, email, IM, etc. With the bug, names, passwords, and any sensitive information could be “sniffed” resulting in stolen data directly from any website.

What is being done about the Heartbleed Bug?

The vulnerability was identified, given a reference of CVE-2014-0160 and was patched by the team at OpenSSL. This patch was made publicly available to service providers across the world, including GreenGeeks. We have patched, tested and verified that all of our systems are secured with this latest patch from OpenSSL.

As mentioned before, we take security very seriously and is a top priority for us. Upon discovering the exploit, we began immediate action to secure our servers. We believe that the likelihood of exploit is very minimal. As always, we will continue to be vigilant to ensure the safety and security of our systems.

Has GreenGeeks replaced their SSL’s?

Yes, upon discovery our team has quickly patched and replaced all SSL’s on our network.

Is My Server Vulnerable?

Anyone relying on OpenSSL was vulnerable. Upon discovery of the exploit, we patched our entire network and are now protected from the vulnerability.

Will the SSL I purchased from GreenGeeks be Updated?

Yes, while the risk of exploitation is extremely low, as a pre-caution we are working with our SSL provider to re-issue all SSL certificates that were purchased directly through us. This process is being done automatically for you and there is no involvement required.

What if I purchased an SSL certificate from a third-party provider?

Re-issuing the certificate is a choice you’ll have to make. If you feel that it’s worth your time, then it’s a good idea to get your SSL reissued. The likelihood of your keys being exploited are very low. If you decide to go ahead with the change, then please contact your SSL provider. Once you’ve received your new private key, certificate and CA bundle, our team will be more than happy to help you install the certificate. Alternatively, you can simply buy a new SSL certificate through us where we will handle similar situations such as this for you.

Has any of my information been compromised?

Anyone relying on OpenSSL was vulnerable. Upon discovery, we immediately patched our system. The chance that your keys were exploited are very minimal due to the lack of public exploit at the time of disclosure. We recommend that you always change your password regularly and can do so through our Account Manager.

You can test to see if you’re vulnerable by using the HeartBleed Checker

You can learn more about the Heartbleed Bug at heartbleed.com.