New Features and Announcements
Posted by Joe Rebis on 11 April 2012 11:34 AM
We have recently added several new free features to your EPhost Web Hosting Account. Additionally, we are announcing some upcoming changes to improve security for your account.
Internal Instant Messaging
We are happy to announce that your email service at EPhost now includes an internal instant messaging (IM) application. This application give you the ability to privately instant message users within your organization while keeping the service internal to your organization. It can be accessed through webmail directly, through downloading a desktop chat client, or even on your mobile phone.
Webmail Now Touch Capable
Finally! The EPhost webmail system is now touch capable affording access on most all mobile devices including the iPad and iPhone. You can now fully read and respond to emails using webmail on most any mobile device. This be helpful when traveling or checking your email on someone else's device.
Improved Synchronization with Microsoft Outlook and Apple Mail
SmarterMail 9.x includes support for Exchange Web Services, a newer data synchronization protocol that will eventually replace the outdated MAPI protocol, as Exchange Web Services allows for faster communication between an email client and the mail server. Available as an optional add-on at the server level, Exchange Web Services seamlessly syncs SmarterMail messages, contacts, calendars and tasks to third-party email clients like Microsoft Outlook 2011 for Mac, Microsoft Outlook 2012 for Windows and Apple Mail on Snow Leopard and Lion.
Complex Password Reminder and Information
We have recently seen a string of FTP and email accounts that have been compromised due to the use of weak passwords (e.g. "Password" or "joe123"). This often leads to your website getting hacked, possibly affecting other users, or your email account being used to send 1000's of spam messages. This may result in fines, temporary suspension or termination of your account per or Terms of Service.
We have recently updated the password policy on many of our service to require the use of 1 UPPERCASE letter and 1 NUMBER. This does not affect current user passwords but we do suggest updating the next time you rotate your password. Please consider the new requirements when creating a password at EPhost.
Firewall Rule Update
In a couple of weeks or less we will be announcing an update to our firewall RULES. This will be made to limit the overall scope of the PORTS we have open to particular servers, and attempt to obfuscate services by disabling common features like PING. We will be implementing individual firewall rules for each server in the network. Dedicated, Virtual and Cloud server customers will have an opportunity to accept our default rules, or establish custom permit and deny rules to whitelist particular IP addresses. These changes are being made to improve overall security for your account.