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How safe is VPN?

March 14th, 2018

With a How safe is VPN?Virtual Private Network (VPN), you can hide your true location by connecting to a server in another country. VPN has been in the news lately in Sri Lanka due to the temporary nationwide block of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp.

Just in case you have not heard, Viber is back today: hello Sri Lanka! It is also reported that the restrictions on WhatsApp will be restored tonight.

Many in Sri Lanka may have retorted to free VPN services to access these blocked applications over these last seven days.  But the questions is, how safe is VPN really?

It’s imperative you do your own research before choosing a VPN service and avoid using a VPN service that’s free. As you know, it costs money to run a VPN service, and if it isn’t charging you something, it’s likely making money off your data instead. Not all VPN service providers are worth your trust. Some diligently log your connection times, dates, IP addresses, keep track of how long you’re connected, and even keep an eye on the types of traffic that you send through their networks while you’re logged in. In some instances, data is stolen even when the VPN is turned off!

Of course, there are good providers out there committed to your security and your privacy that are worth your trust, so make sure you do your homework before you sign up.

Price increase for .net domain name

January 19th, 2018

Dot Net DomainStarting on February 1st, 2018, the .NET Registry is increasing the price for all Registrars on .NET domains. As a result, the price for all new registrations, renewals, and transfers for the .NET TLD would be LKR 2,400.

If you own a .net domain or plan on registering them in the future, you can manually renew before January 31st to take advantage of current pricing (including multi-year renewals).

Thank you and best wishes from Webvision!

December 23rd, 2017

Happy new year 2018From all of us at Webvision, we want to wish you a blessed Christmas and a very happy 2018!

We take this opportunity to thank all our customers for making 2017 a great year for us. We know that without you, none of this would be possible. So, thank you for working with us and sharing in our success this year.

Kindly note, Webvision will be closed from December 23rd to January 2nd.

Wishing all of you a fantastic holiday!

“Towards a Digital Economy”

November 1st, 2017

INFOTEL 2017The Federation of Information Technology Industry Sri Lanka (FITIS) will conduct their National ICT Exhibition – INFOTEL 2017 under the theme ‘Towards a Digital Economy’.

Infotel 2017, the premier information and communications technology exhibition will begin at the BMICH on November 2nd, 2017 for the 25th consecutive year!  The exhibition will be declared open by Minister of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure, Hon. Harin Fernando.

The event will go on till Sunday the 5th and will be open to the public from 9am to 9pm.

Chrome Remote Desktop on Linux Ubuntu

September 19th, 2017

Chrome Remote DesktopGoogle provides a free and powerful tool, Chrome Remote Desktop (CRD), that lets you connect to and control your Windows, Linux, Mac or even Android device over the internet. The computer has to be running the Chrome browser, of course, and you also need a Gmail account to sign in and use this feature.

It’s quick to set up, it’s easy to use and provides a stable connection between remote computers. Okay, CRD has been out there for several years but it was just a few days ago that I installed it on Ubuntu 16.04 and was able to successfully access it effortlessly through a Windows machine and vice versa.

We’ve all been there before: we’re away from home and suddenly realize that we are in need of a particular file or document that’s on another computer. What’s more, the files aren’t on Dropbox or any other cloud storage. This would usually lead to a lot of frustration, but that’s where remote desktop applications come into play. TeamViewer is another popular application but, as you know, is only available for personal use – so, CRD works as a good alternative. This means, I can also use it to assist our clients using non-Linux machines.

If you are having issues installing CRD on Ubuntu, just drop us a line and we would be happy to assist.

Older versions of Skype being phased out

June 6th, 2017

Skype for LinuxTo those of you have been using older versions of Skype for Linux, please be aware that after Ju‍ly 1, 20‍17, you will no longer be able to sign in to these versions!

Before this happens, it would be best for users on the Linux OS to download the beta version of Skype for Linux 5.0. It’s available in both DEB and RPM package formats for a variety of Linux distribution. The DEB package has been tested on Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu Gnome 16.04, and Debian 8.5. The RPM package has been tested on Fedora 23, OpenSuse KDE 13.2, and OpenSuse Leap 42.1 KDE.

It’s currently only a 64-bit package, and 32-bit Linux distributions aren’t supported.

Skype has now reached over 300 million users around the world! It’s comforting that Microsoft has taken into account the importance of the Linux desktop.  Ubuntu remains the main player in this field, with 80% share in the Linux desktop market.

According to Skype, they have added the following in addition to performance improvements and bug fixes:

  • Calling updates: Calls to mobiles and landlines with Skype credit, one-to-one video calls can be made from Linux to Skype users on the latest versions of Skype for Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac.
  • Better collaboration: Linux users can now view shared screens from other Skype desktop clients (Windows 7.33 and above, Mac 7.46 and above).
  • Usability improvements: Unity launcher now shows the number of unread conversations, online contacts in contact list now include Away and Do Not Disturb statuses.

You can download Skype for Linux Beta version 5.0 by visiting skype.com/download.

Webvision turns fifteen

May 15th, 2017

Webvision 15th AnniversaryWebvision Private Limited has reached a milestone this May, celebrating 15 years of business. The past 15 years have been thrilling, challenging and rewarding. Lest we forget, we started our business way back in 2002 with the infamous dial-up internet connection!

Our gratitude to God for his guidance throughout these 15 years. We also extend our sincere gratitude to all of our clients, some of whom have been with us since the early days, for your continued loyalty and support. Webvision would not be celebrating its 15th year anniversary without you.

We have come a long way since the business was started and are very excited about our future as the company continues to grow. We look forward to continuing to bring all of you that host at Webvision the most technologically sound improvements and enhancements available and to always offer you the best in hosting industry advancements.

We look forward to serving you in the coming years.

Free SSL certificate with hosting

April 4th, 2017

Free SSL Certificate with hostingWeb security is crucial. Period. In an effort to make your website a safer place, we’re excited to announce that we’ll now be offering free SSL Certificates for all customers who purchase hosting with Webvision.

So what is an SSL Certificate?  If you have seen “https://” and a green padlock on your browser address bar, you’ve seen the end result of an SSL certificate. SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer. Essentially, SSL establishes an encrypted link between your web server and your visitor’s web browser. This ensures that all data passed between the two remains private and secure.

Nowadays, many entities, including Google, are pushing to use secure HTTPS connections for all traffic.  That means with the help of your SSL certificate you can be assured of a better ranking on Google!

Sign up for a reliable hosting account with Webvision and avail yourself to a free SSL certificate today!

Upgrade to the cloud

February 28th, 2017

Cloud hosting with SSDTo those of you have been in our Atlanta datacentre, we are pleased to announce that the server migration to the cloud environment is now complete.  We initially planned this for early January but had to wait a few more weeks for everything to come into a smooth transition.

Our private cloud consists of enterprise SANS for redundant disk arrays, high quality supermicro hypervisors, and cisco and hp network switching.

You will continue to receive exceptional support with cutting-edge software, and a fault tolerant and fully redundant cloud environment.

As you may already know, high performance SSD storage is 20x faster than standard SATA disk drives and some of you are sure to have noticed the difference!

Thank you and happy holidays!

December 28th, 2016

happy holidaysThis has been a fantastic and a blessed year for all of us at Webvision.  Can you imagine the year has come to an end? Phew! Time does fly when you are enjoying what you are doing…

We can’t thank you enough for your recommendations, referrals and feedback on our service this year. It’s so invaluable to have great clients who truly see the power of partnership.  So if you think something needs to be changed, be sure to get in touch with us via email where your ideas will get fed into our development plan. We wouldn’t be where we are today if it weren’t for your patience and loyalty, so here’s a big thank you!

Here’s some good news for those on our US server… From the beginning of 2017, we plan to migrate all our accounts to a more powerful cloud platform.  Hooray!!  That means, all our clients will now enjoy the benefits of the cloud.

Kindly note, Webvision will be closed from December 24th to January 3rd.

Wishing you happy holidays and a happy new year to all our clients, business partners and associates across the world. We look forward to working together in 2017!

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