Happy to be Your Host

How do you choose a web host? What is a “deal breaker” for you in this decision-making process and do you know what you should be looking for?

Smashing Magazine, a web publication dedicated to providing information for web designers and developers, posted an article on Sunday listing 9 handy steps to choosing a web host and what to do if you already have a hosting provider. The article highlights classic tips such as “You Pay for What You Get” and “Check Out Their Reputation,” while also plunging into the depths of web hosting myths.  Read more

Are You Patched Against the Conficker.C Virus? Don’t Wait for April 1st to Find Out.

In early March, security researchers identified a new version of the Conficker virus, called Conficker.C. This third variant of the virus, like its predecessors, exploits the vulnerability patched by Microsoft’s security bulletin MS08-067, released in October 2008.

While not currently released, it has been confirmed that this virus will become active and malicious on April 1, 2009.

Conficker.C is a major revision of the original virus. This variant includes new functionality that ranges from new infection methods to disabling security tools. The Conficker.C virus will scan and kill processes for security products including disabling: firewalls, patch deployment, and antivirus software. Read more

[STATUS] Maintenance Window – March 29th, 2009

Maintenance Window Start Date & Time: March 29th, 2009 11:00 PM CT
Maintenance Window End Date & Time:
March 30th, 2009 03:00 AM CT

Impact on Customers: Intermittent loss of connectivity possible during maintenance window.

Scope of Work: In our efforts to constantly improve and maintain our infrastructure, Kyvon will be completing upgrades on core network equipment at our data center located at 710 Tucker. The maintenance will affect clients intermittently, and a maintenance window is required to perform the procedure.

Duration: 4 Hours

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments via our online support form or via phone at 314-544-0011. Please note: posting in the comments is not an official way to contact Kyvon.

Think Before You Tweet

With what seems to be everyone jumping on the Web 2.0 bandwagon, are your blogs, social networking accounts, and Twitter posts hurting your company’s bottom line?

As a blogger myself, I tend to share the strangest details with the world. I write about my personal life, events around St. Louis, and a few hobbies of mine. Yet, because I do love my job and have common sense, I don’t write about work, my bosses, or customers. Seems easy, doesn’t it?

According to an article posted yesterday on MSNBC.com, employees still don’t seem to have a clue who is reading their blog posts, skimming their Facebook pages, and following them on Twitter.

Why waste valuable social networking hours getting yourself “Facebook fired,” when Twitter allows you to humiliate yourself quickly, and in 140 characters or less?

The article reviews a recent Twitter post mishap by a would-be Cisco employee who made the mistake of forgetting to think twice before he shared with the world. That world included a Channel Partner Advocate for Cisco, who reminded that would-be employee that they were paying attention.

Other than worrying about being “Facebook Fired” or “Twitter Fired,” employees should also be concerned what clients or would-be customers are seeing on the web. Even deleting a post after-the-fact won’t help their case much thanks to Google Cache.

A suggestion from a social-networking and blogging enthusiast who loves her job dearly? Think twice before you post. Do you want your mother, boss, friends, the world to see what you feel the need to share? If you don’t want to filter your blog posts, make your blog private so that only those you choose to share with will be able to read what you felt necessary to write.

If you still aren’t sure that you want to hold back, consider what pays your bills. If you had to choose between posting that note to Twitter about how ignorant your boss is, or getting that paycheck at the end of the week, which would you prefer?

Happy St. Patrick’s Day From Kyvon

Well, I can’t say I am full blooded Irish – which I understand is the worst kind – but my beloved grandmother (God rest her soul) was a fine Irish lass. She so inspired me that this year I will be celebrating my wedding day in the lush, green lands of Ireland! County Monaghan to be exact. So, it is today I give a special cheer to the Green Brigade! May all your blessing come true this St. Pat day – and may we all remember the true meaning behind this day –  St. Patrick’s Soul, and his pilgrimage to bring the love of Christ to all of Ireland! Erin Go Braugh!

How-To: Live Chat Support

With the click of your mouse, you can now reach live Kyvon tech support in a matter of moments.

To access the Live Chat Support system, visit any of our content pages on the Kyvon website. Click on the “Live Chat Support” icon to the right of the page. If a technician is not available for live support, you will see the “Email Support” icon in its place.

You can use our Live Chat Support system to reach our IT support, sales, or billing departments with your questions or support issues. As always, you may also submit a support ticket to our technicians online through our website on the Contact page or from within the Customer Control Panel.

Office Space Makeover

If you are like me, you probably spend 8+ hours a day glued to your desk chair- a prisoner of your office space and the walls that surround you. So many of us don’t think twice about our surroundings and how they affect us.

Be it a cubicle, an office, or a corner of your home- the space should suit your needs and provide a calm, relaxing environment in which to get the job done. For me, beige carpeting, walls, desk and file cabinets never felt comfortable. Instead, it felt stale and impersonal.

Luckily, when we moved into our building we were allowed to choose (almost) any color of the rainbow to paint the walls around our desk. I splashed a shade of apple/lime green to my own, mirroring the color of my living room walls. But left the rest of my office decor to the side for almost three years.

It’s time to finish the “job” I started.

I have begun a much-needed makeover to my own office space. Because I love where I work and the job I perform here, the only complaint I have is the ten feet that surround my desk. Not bad, eh?