Giveaway: FireFly Flight Tickets to Kota Kinabalu and Kuching

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In conjunction of Firefly‘s latest announcement of new flight routes to Kota Kinabalu and Kuching, Firefly will be giving out complimentary vouchers to celebrate.

LiewCF.com got 4 pairs of vouchers (that’s 8 round flight tickets) to give out. 2 pairs already gave out in the Twitter giveaway last week (Congratulations to the winners!).

I still have 2 pairs FireFly vouchers left (Kota Kinabalu or Kuching) for FREE giveaway. Read on to learn how to win!

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HELP! Need Affordable Fully Managed Hosting with Enterprise-Security and DDoS Protection!

server under attack

I told you that my server was under malicious traffic attacks. The server is more stable now but still can see load spikes now and then, even though they didn’t bring down the server.

From the above graph, you can see the server load of past 2 weeks. The highest load was around 140! Imagine that kind of load on a 8 cores sever! Impossible to handle. What we know is that the attacker use cloud computing like Amazon EC2 to launch the attacks.

Is it “Cloud-based DDoS”? The dark side of cloud computing…

So, what can a home-based blogger like me do to fight against the massive attacks? The software based protection such as firewall, (D)Dos-Deflate, etc have been installed. They helped a bit but not the solution.

I’ll need a fully managed web hosting with high security and DDoS protection at affordable (not “cheap”, I understand the setup is expensive) price tag…

Am I asking too much?

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Massive Malicious Traffic Attacks. Cloud Hosting to Rescue?

web server load spikes

In the past week, my server was down couple times due to massive attacks from unknown sources targeting liewcf.com (this blog).

The malicious traffic caused high server load (load spikes) and brought down the server. Restarted web services didn’t help.

That was very frustrating. Website uptime is essential for a full-time blogger, just like how important is the car for a taxi driver.

Website down = No traffic = No $$$

I spent hours and hours sitting in front computer to monitor the server load. Mood went down with the server…

Fighting attackers!

Here I have to praise the support of my hosting provider — Liquidweb.

In order to monitor my server for load spikes that happen randomly, server admins are assigned for 24/7 close monitoring. *thumbs up*

In the end, the server admin blacklisted the IP addresses to return the server to normal stage.

So far, the server performance is good now. There are still some load spikes now and then, but eventually they go down before bringing down the server again.

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When Google says “This site may harm your computer” about Your Website…

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Yesterday was not a good day for many Malaysian webmasters and myself. Google has detected malicious software on our websites and redirected every visitor to a warning page with link to the diagnostic page.

What happened actually?

We are the victims of the failure of Innity, an online advertisement network. According to the official announcement, their server was affected (hacked?):

…In summary, a portion of our domain; innity.net, which operates as a content delivery network focused on delivering static banner files to our end user, was affected in Indonesia and this led to Google classifying our domain as being infected by malware.

Though the company took necessary actions to solve the problem but Google will take up to 48 hours to clear the warning…

The damages after listed as malware site

Believe me, it is one of the worst nightmares to your website.

  1. Direct visitor to your websites will blocked by the scary malware warning and they will leave and might never come back again.

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  2. The Google will append “this site may harm your computer” in your site’s search engine results.
  3. Twitter.com bans your site URL. Every tweet containing the website URL will not get published.
  4. For a full-time blogger like me, it means drop in online income for the period!

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Giveaway: All-in-one WinX HD Video Converter for Mac – 20 copies (worth $719)

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To celebrate 5th anniversary of pro-blogging, I would like to thank you by giving you some useful stuff for FREE. Here you are, the WinX HD Video Converter for Mac. 20 copies and total worth USD$719!

WinX HD Video Converter for Mac, as a professional Mac HD converter software, provides the perfect solution to convert Blu-ray videos and videos from HDTV and HD camcorders, like JVC, Panasonic, Sony and Cannon to other formats. This HD converter for Mac supports converting Multi-track HD video M2TS, MKV, AVCHD, HDTV BDAV and MPEG-TS video movies.

It can also convert video files to the video formats that playable on both portable and console players, such as iPad, iPod, iPhone, (iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4), Apple TV, PS3, PSP, Xbox, Zune, PDA, Blackberry, Nokia, Android, Zen, etc.

Read on to know how to get the free giveaway.

How to get the prize?

Simply follow the TWO steps below to get your USD$30 worth all-in-one video converter software!

  1. Download the WinX HD video Converter for MAc.
  2. Install it, then register your copy with the this volume license code (valid for 20 copies): WINXMC-3721-4728-9342

This is “first come, first served”. Once 20 copies have been registered using the volume license code, the code is no longer valid. Act fast! Tell your family and friends!

Need a Windows version? Click here to get it!

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