Amazon Lightsail – Removing The Last Barrier Between Your Small Business and The Cloud?

Amazon Lightsail

Managing your overheads.

It’s just one of the endless art forms you need to master when you take the decision to become the owner of a small business.

In an ideal world, your IT expenses at least, would all be handled by a wonderfully competent outsourced IT support firm. Failing that, a trusted team of dedicated IT staff.

In my experience of the size of companies we tend to work with, it’s quite possible you’re not in possession of either of those things, and that can bump IT-related decisions down the priority order occasionally.

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Let’s Encrypt, Free SSL Certificates for MDaemon Email Server –

Let's Encrypt Free SSL Certificates

Cybercrime. Isn’t it just the gift that the keeps on giving?

Picture the scene…

You’re about to catch a flight, the final boarding call is but minutes away and you remember an email you absolutely had to get sent before take off.

Plucking your laptop from the post luggage check cable spaghetti, you perch in the lounge, successfully connect to the free wifi and hammer out your email masterpiece.

As you don the noise cancelling headphones and breathe a sigh of relief, you’re blissfully unaware that the chap in the lounge you’d assumed was buried in a spreadsheet, was actually running the data ‘sniffing’ software Wireshark.

Not many minutes later, you’re at 30,000 feet and he’s walking away with everything he needs to send email as you, and to view the sensitive contents of your messages (take a look at this video to see just how easy it is!) and to cause havoc for your business.

Not a nice hypothetical.

So what can you do to prevent it happening for real?

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MDaemon 18.5 – Now with Dynamic Email Signatures

MDaemon and dynamic, centrally managed signatures

More is better. The mantra of the signature stuffer.

From job titles and contact details to special offers and even instructions to save the trees. Nothing is off limits when it comes to providing ‘useful’ information to our lucky recipients by the medium of email footer.

It’s a perfect picture unless of course, you’re the poor soul tasked with making sure the emails your company sends are consistent, professional and accurate.

If you’re that person, you’re going to love this latest MDaemon release.

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MDaemon v18.0 – Enhanced Security and Usability for Small Businesses

MDaemon 18

With the deadline for GDPR fast approaching, all eyes are turning to compliance, security, and how we look after our data. MDaemon 18 is the latest offering of the mail server that enables business owners to remain in total complete control of both security and every other aspect of their email communications.

In this latest major release, Texas-based developer Alt-N Technologies add yet more features to boost security and improve usability.

Here are my highlights – don’t forget, you can find the full exhaustive list of goodies in the MDaemon Release Notes.

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Alt-N Technologies Becomes MDaemon Technologies

Alt-N Now MDaemon Technologies

With the new year comes a new company name and strapline for our friends across the pond, as Texas-based ‘Alt-N Technologies’ become ‘MDaemon Technologies’ with immediate effect.

You may be familiar with the Alt-N brand, however it’s ‘MDaemon’, the Exchange alternative used in over 100 countries and by over 4 million users that’s the most widely recognised among IT communities.

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MDaemon Black Friday Special: 30% off New Licences and Add-ons

Black Friday MDaemon Promotion

In keeping with the slightly random pre-Christmas tradition of slashing prices like crazy in order to draw a crowd, we too will be offering an unbeatable Black Friday discount. 

Until the end of November, we’ll cut the cost of buying any new MDaemon Email Server licence or add-on by a generous 30% off the advertised RRP’s.

MDaemon has long been a popular alternative to cloud email services such as Office365 for companies who demand the security, control and flexibility of their own email server. 

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MDaemon v17.5: Security Focus – Country Filters, Improved Dynamic Screening and More…

MDaemon 17

MDaemon remains the leading alternative to Microsoft Exchange and Office 365, providing companies who need the security and control of their own mail server with easy to use features at a highly competitive price.

25 years on from MDaemon’s launch, we see Texas-based developer Alt-N Technologies add yet more features to boost security and an update for Outlook Connector.

Here are my highlights – don’t forget, you can find the full exhaustive list of goodies in the MDaemon Release Notes.

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Protecting Against Ransomware – An MDaemon Admin’s Guide

Unless you’ve somehow managed to avoid both the news headlines and the barrage of content from IT security vendors that followed, you’ll no doubt be aware that a couple of weeks ago, there was a particularly severe ransomware attack that affected over 100,000 businesses around the globe, including the NHS.

The latest evidence indicates that the recent ‘WannaCry’ attack originated via an exploit tool created by the NSA, however it’s more common they originate via ‘phishing’ emails, the technique of tricking recipients into clicking a malicious link or opening an attachment, often appearing to be from a colleague or relative.

So with this in mind, now seems like a great time to give you a refresher on the features at your disposal as an MDaemon administrator to help prevent the type of phishing attack that can lead to a ransomware infection, along with some additional tips on best practice.

(Almost all of the security tools for MDaemon are in the SecurityPlus add-on so for the purpose of this post, I’ll be assuming you’ve got that installed.)

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