What are SQL injections and how can you prevent such attacks?

The danger of SQL injections has been known for 14 years. And yet, such attacks are still one of the greatest dangers to dynamic websites, which can cause serious damage, including the destruction of the data in your database. But what exactly are they? And how can you prevent them?

1. What is an SQL injection?

On the modern web, you can find lots of dynamic sites, which are generated on the fly. A scripting language such as PHP retrieves content from a database and puts it together based on instructions or statements.

GDPR: what you should know as a Combell customer

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has far-reaching consequences. But what are the implications of this new European regulation for your relationship with Combell?

Key principles of the GDPR

Over the last few months, almost everyone in the sector has been talking about the fact that a new major European regulation, called General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), will come into force on 25 May 2018. Meanwhile, you are probably familiar with its key principles:

  • The same rules apply to the whole EU; if data from EU citizens are processed by businesses outside of the EU, the GDPR still applies
  • The definition of “personal data” is now broader: it includes data types such as IP addresses and sensitive data such as data concerning a person’s health or cultural identity
  • The collection of data is subject to strict regulations, which means you cannot purchase or create lists of information any way you like: users must provide explicit consent and are allowed to access their data and have them erased
  • In the past, data breaches were usually disregarded, but today heavy fines can be imposed.

MoveteX develops its planning software on Combell’s powerful hosting platform

East Flanders-based MoveteX is a Belgian company that counts FIFA among its customers. Its RefAssiST app helps plan sport competitions so efficiently that, in amateur football alone, players can drive 500,000 less per year. For the hosting of its various apps, MoveteX relies on Combell’s powerful managed hosting, which provides the computing power required by the algorithms.

Greater efficiency thanks to smart planning

MoveteX from Herzele (East Flanders) was founded in 2014 and specialises in smart planning. Together, business founders Ken De Norre - De Groof and Dieter De Naeyer have developed a new piece of software that helps plan sport competitions more efficiently.

4 ways to design a great customer support experience

Great customer support is a priceless opportunity to tip the scales in favor of a product or service you are offering. Statistics tell us a satisfied customer tells as many as nine other people about their great experience. Working on improving your customer service is your best chance not only to attract new customers, but also to upgrade the opinion of existing ones towards the whole company and win them over. Earn that extra star in your products rating!

Great businesses are great because they do not settle for less than the best, including customer experience.

Combell launches the latest generation of VPSs

After several months of development work behind the scenes, we finally launched our latest generation of VPSs. These servers are hosted on our brand-new powerful virtualisation platform, and we offer them with Plesk, which is the most popular control panel in the world. And thanks to the automatic update feature, you will always have the latest software versions installed, without having to worry about anything, and no technical VPS  knowledge required.

Easy management via the Plesk control panel

By default, every VPS comes with Plesk’s handy control panel, which means you no longer need to use complex commands: you can

  • launch an extra website on your VPS
  • add databases
  • and create mailboxes in just a few clicks.

IaaS, PaaS, SaaS or BaaS? It’s up to you!

On his LinkedIn profile, our colleague Tim wrote an article about the most frequently asked questions about the cloud. In this article, he explores all the 'as a service' models:

People who work in the IT sector usually have this unfortunate habit that, to be honest, I myself sometimes have too: in a professional conversation, we like to use tons of IT terms that are commonplace to techies, but many end users often get very confused by this profusion of computers, servers, etc.

In this digital era, how on earth can they find out which choice in the IT area will be beneficial to their business, when all the terms they come across in this context are nothing but a jumbled mess of acronyms, which even when written in full are still mumbo jumbo to them?

Warning: Google will soon distrust Symantec SSL certificates

Google really wants to make sure that users keep trusting secure HTTPS sites. Since Google believes that Symantec was not strict enough when issuing SSL certificates, the world’s most popular search engine has now decided to take drastic sanctions. Over time, the Chrome browser will no longer support certificates issued by Symantec. But what does this mean in practical terms?

What is the role of an SSL certificate?

In order to be able to establish a secure connection with a website, this website must use an SSL certificate. In addition to the free Let's Encrypt certificate, which is included for free with each Combell hosting package, you can also choose a paying certificate, which provides better guarantees and is issued by Certificate Authorities such as Symantec, Comodo, Verisign, etc.

Sportslink proves it: OpenStack is ideal for quick deployment

Developing a new project in the ideal technical environment, putting it on hold for a while and restarting it at a later stage under the same conditions, even from another place: OpenStack makes this possible. It is even one of its major strengths. Jan Serraris explains why he chose Combell OpenStack.

A thesis by students at the Artevelde University College

The Sportslink project was born as a thesis by a group of students from the Artevelde University College in Ghent. Their concept was to create an online platform where people could find the sports club that best suits them.

Flexmail published the E-mail Barometer 2016-2017

Flexmail recently interviewed marketers about their use of e-mail marketing and used the collected information to produce the E-mail Barometer for 2017.

How can they measure the success of their e-mail marketing campaigns? What obstacles do they face? And, most importantly, is there still room for improvement?

One thing is certain: e-mail is not dead – quite the contrary!

Marketers know best

Flexmail Email Marketing Solutions from Genk is an e-mail marketing company that was awarded with gold in the category “Best performing Belgian tool” at the Digital Marketing Awards 2016.

A fast website thanks to a few magic tricks?

There is nothing more upsetting than a slow website. Sadly, there is no magic trick to getting a fast website. However, some minor interventions can have a very positive effect on the speed of your site, which actually depends on various factors, such as the structure, the content, or the hosting of your website. And as if that were not complicated enough, you will probably come across tons of contradictory information on the Internet. It is therefore high time to make things clearer!

For this article, our colleagues from Byte have thoroughly examined a few claims, which we are happy to share with you here.

AI tool ScriptBook predicts the success of films in confidentiality thanks to Combell

Using artificial intelligence to predict whether or not a certain script is worth making a movie out of it – and, better yet, a movie that generates big bucks. That is what ScriptBook does. And its creators knocked at Combell’s door for specialised hosting, whereby processing power and confidentiality are of utmost importance.

ScriptBook wants to lend Hollywood a helping hand

Did you know that, every year, at least 50,000 new screenplays are registered with American labour union Writer's Guild of America? And that Hollywood studios release only 150 films a year – an increasing number of which are sequels to existing franchises?

What is DevOps and why is it so important?

In today’s fast-moving environment, existing applications must constantly be updated at an ever increasing pace. In addition, complications often arise between developers and operational teams. Fortunately, the DevOps approach can fix this problem. But what exactly is DevOps? And how important is it for your company?

How did the DevOps approach come into being?

More than a methodology for software development, DevOps is a culture, which is necessary to meet the current needs of companies developing software, websites, applications, etc.

With the traditional waterfall model, the requirements for software were clear and well-defined in advance.