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New SSL/TLS settings in our UK based server

July 20th, 2018

SSL/TLS ProtocolIn order to ensure PCI compliance and the security of the data of our clients, we have changed the SSL/TLS settings on our UK based server.

We have updated the SSL/TLS protocol version to allow only TLSv1.2 connections. That means, TLSv1.0 and TLSv1.1 and would no longer be supported.

This change applies to inbound connections only, e.g. applications connecting to our UK based server to access webpages, collect email, and FTP.

Kindly note, Webvision is unable to support or provide advice on operating system or application updates. Please seek advice from your support channel or vendor if you are unsure on support for TLSv1.2 in your environment.  If you are using Windows 7/Outlook read on…

Outlook / Office

Microsoft have previously been slow to update their Office suite with support for TLS greater than v1.0 for versions of Windows earlier than 10.

Whilst there is now support built in to Windows 8.1, there is no support in 8.0 and so all users of 8.0 should upgrade to at least Windows 8.1.

Windows 7 requires updates to be installed in order to provide TLS 1.1 or greater support (including TLS 1.2 which is now required).

Please see this Microsoft support document for details on how to update Windows 7.

FTP software

We are aware that a lot of FTP software vendors have been slow to update their builds.  However, FileZilla does support modern security standards.  We recommend this FTP client to all our customers.

Modify your images online using cPanel

June 20th, 2018

cPanel Images interfaceThere are some cool tools on cPanel that are designed to make your web hosting experience easier to manage. Version 68 of cPanel offers the Images interface which allows you to modify and manage images that you saved to your account. In fact, it would help you to simplify creating thumbnails, converting image file types, and scaling/resizing images.

The advantage is that you can do all of the above, online, without having to use an external photo editing software.

For detailed use of the Images interface, check out their clear documentation here:
https://documentation.cpanel.net/display/68Docs/Images

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HomeGroup is gone from Windows 10

May 31st, 2018

Windows 10If you are one them who have been using the HomeGroup feature in Windows 10 and did a recent update to the newest version 1803, you will be shocked! HomeGroup is gone.

According to the official post by Microsoft “HomeGroup has been removed from Windows 10 (Version 1803). However, even though it has been removed, you can still share printers and files by using features that are built into Windows 10.”

But wait, there’s more!! It doesn’t appear to be so rosy as mentioned by Microsoft. Windows 10 has issues with showing certain computers over the Windows Network, leaving them invisible in the Network folder of File Explorer.

One of the fixes may be found in the following article, but if you read the replies, you will notice that not all have been delivered from this mess:

https://winaero.com/blog/network-computers-not-visible-windows-10-version-1803/

Another thing I found is that if you have been accessing mapped network drives and cannot reconnect, even after clicking the “remember by credentials” check box, get to the Credential Manager and respecify the correct path.  This saves it for good!

Subama suba aluth avuruddak wewa!

April 13th, 2018

Suba aluth avuruddak wewaWe are in April already and it’s avurudu time!  So, heres wishing all of you a fantastic kiri, pani, aluth avuruddak!

I know everyone loves specials during this season.  Koooo, koooo here’s the special offer from Webvision… Order any cloud hosting account and get a .com domain absolutely free.  What’s more, we even give you the first month of hosting totally free!  So grab your free domain and sign up for a reliable cloud hosting account today.

https://webvision.cloud/cloud_hosting.php

Note: this offer is valid only till the end of April 2018 – so act fast now before the koha’s stops mating!

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.


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