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  • peterjustinyu 6:36 am on April 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , certificate, cipher strength, , , , heart bleed, , key exchange, not vulnerable, OpenSSL, protocol support, , , SingTel, SSL Labs, SSL Server Rating,   

    Dropmysite does not make your HeartBleed (AAA rating by SSL Labs) 

    We are proud to say that our clients’ databases, websites and emails are uncompromised as the world crumbles around others. As the storm around HeartBleed arose, our reseller partners, SingTel, were the first to alert us of the vulnerability.




    “Hi DropMyEmail team,


    We have aware that there is a risk of vulnerable to the Heartbleed attack recently. Please refer to this link for further information.


    Therefore we have quickly go through a scan via and find that your server is NOT vulnerable to the Heartbleed attack. Attached the report for your perusal.


    However we need your help to :

    ·         Check through all your servers tomake sure it is free of vulnerable to HeartBleed.


    It is a good practise that all the parties to take this precautious action to protect ourselves.


    Thanks & warmest regards



    To be doubly sure, we took up their advice to run it through SSL Labs again – the gold standard to check on the security of your websites and databases.


    Here are our results:

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    i. 100 (Grade A) – Certificate 


    Dropmysite uses a valid and trusted cert from GoDaddy. That is important as you want a trustworthy third party company (like GoDaddy) to prove that your cert is valid.


    ii. 70 (Grade B) – Protocol Support


    Protocol Support – Dropmysite support existing protocols and in no time, even the newest ones.


    iii. 90(Grade A) – Key Exchange


    Dropmysite uses a very strong private key. And our key exchange protocol follows the standard, which means it is secure. It makes it hard for hackers to get our keys, and even if they do, they will have a hard time decrypting it.


    iv. 90(Grade A) – Cipher Strength 


    Related to the earlier point, Dropmysite uses a strong private key, which makes it unpractical for hackers to decrypt it.


    The explanation behind the ratings can be found here.


    To have one of Asia’s biggest telecommunication firm confirm that our security efforts was a great achievement. Also, to have validation from SSL Labs, a global leader in assessing computer risk give us an overall distinction is a great feeling.


    We have to thank our hardworking engineers for their effort in building such a secure product. Their tireless hours have paid off even against a Heartbleed scare that has been largely unnoticed.


    We would also like to thank our clients for sticking with Dropmysite and Dropmyemail’s services in backing up their emails, websites and databases. Rest assured that we remain resolute in protecting your data by continuing to improve our processes.

  • peterjustinyu 6:09 am on April 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , bleeding heart, data, , , , ,   

    How to mend your website’s Bleeding Heart? 

    It would seem that every time we turn around, there is yet another horrible security lapse in the Internet that will ruin the world. While many have been over-hyped as the Doomsday bug, this one is actually quite scary.


    Dubbed, or “HeartBleed”, like a hole in your heart, this bug is a hole in a widely used encryption technology has given hackers a way to infiltrate many of the world’s largest websites and download sensitive information from servers without leaving a trace.


    To complete the imagery, like the heart, this problem goes all throughout the body. We are all in this together – according to a recent Netcraft web server survey that looked at nearly 959,000,000 web sites, 66% of sites are powered by technology built around OpenSSL, a popular data encryption standard, and that doesn’t include email services, chat services, and a wide number of apps available on every platform. So there is no running from this.


    It was only recently discovered by researchers at Google and they are scrambling to fix it. Trying to keep up track new security vulnerabilities is frustrating and many just give up, but you would want to pay attention to this one:


    Here’s how it works:

    When data is encrypted, it looks like gibberish to anyone except the intended recipient. From time to time, one computer might want to check that there’s still a computer at the end of its secure connection, so it will send out what’s known as a “heartbeat,” a small packet of data that asks for a response.

    Due to a programming error in the implementation of OpenSSL, the researchers found that it was possible to send a well-disguised packet of data that looked like one of these heartbeats to trick the computer at the other end of a connection into sending over data stored in its memory.


    The worst part of it is that this problem has been around for a dizzying 2 years – meaning that hackers have been exploiting this flaw undetected for that amount of time. In all likelihood, your website, databases, passwords, emails, credit card information and pretty much everything you hold dear in the Internet was available on a shopping spree for the malicious. Also, as part of OpenSSL, it is incredibly hard to track any wrong-doing. Just to top things off: This isn’t simply a bug in some app that can quickly be updated — the vulnerability is in on the machines that power services that transmit secure information, like Facebook and Gmail.


    However, it is NOT yet the end of the world. The researchers who discovered the flaw let the developers behind OpenSSL know several days before announcing the vulnerability, so it was fixed before word got out yesterday. Most major service providers should already be updating their sites, so the bug will be less prevalent over coming weeks. The only thing to is to do nothing.


    Even if your business is in the industries where privacy and security are of utmost concern, it is too late. You can change your password but you also got to accept that your data was accessed inappropriately. Your only remedy is to bite the bullet, and wait for your service provider to update the anti-virus / anti-theft patches.


    Hackers must be upset that their secret backdoor is discovered. However, as we all know, the Internet is very forgiving and will give them another chance later on. Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent hacks. Though there is a possibility of recovering.


    Backing up your website and databases is the measure you can take in the face of overwhelming Internet epidemics like HeartBleed. While backups do not mitigate the vulnerability, the fact that a site can be compromised and data deleted, stolen, or corrupted is cause for alarm to any site operator. With back ups, you are keeping different older versions of your site. You can revert to a previous version of your site that has yet to be compromised.


    As mentioned, backup is not a cure but just a good solution to fight off the next infection. Your concern should not be whether or not to backup, it is more about who you should back up with. As security lapses and attacks comes in all shapes and forms, be sure that your backup provider has various tools in place to safeguard your data. Before the next flood of virus, lapses or problems plague the Internet again, it would be wise to prepare for it.


  • peterjustinyu 4:11 am on April 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , downtime, , , hacks, restoration, restore, , , website back up,   

    Why is backup so important? 

    Disasters happens


    Due to the ever-increasing vulnerabilities of the Internet, your website is guaranteed to crash – the only question is when.

    “I think that all services will have downtime”, WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg wrote in an e-mail to CNN. “No matter how much you prepare, have redundant systems, or audit, there will periodically be a black swan event that is completely unlike whatever you have experienced before. It even happens to Google! In these moments of crisis, the key is how the service and the people behind it respond.”

    Have you ever lost data or had problems with files that were corrupted? Have you experienced the headaches of extended downtime or the frustration of making your site back normal again? Have you ever seen on the site layout and just wanted to revert? Perhaps a frustrated employee decided to execute a payback on the company? There can be a million reasons why your website is not what it is supposed to be. Either way, the face of your company to the world is now compromised – what do you do? What can you do?


    Just imagine if this happened to you – losing your entire site due to a unknown or unpredictable security lapse. Maybe your tech team forgot to install the security patch or a myriad of possibilities that leave your website wide open to attack. You frantically try to restore the site from a previous version… but nothing is available. This is a common worry that keeps website owners up at night. eCommerce sites could lose up to thousands and even billions with any unscheduled down timeIn 2008 online retailer had a two hour downtime.  In this not time not only did it lose around $29,000 – $31,000 per minute (total loss estimated at $3.6 million) but the share price fell by 4.1% on the day – wiping around $3.12 billion off their stock market value. 


    A simple way for you to calculate the possible losses incurred by yourself – apply this formula:

    Estimated Average Cost of hour of downtime = Employee Costs per Hour * Fraction Employees Affected by Outage + Average Revenue per Hour * Fraction Revenue Affected by Outage

    • Employee Costs per Hour: total salaries and benefits of employees per week divided by the average number of working hours
    • Average Revenue per Hour: total revenue per week divided by average number of open hours
    • “Fraction Employees Affected by Outage” and “Fraction Revenue Affected by Outage” are just educated guesses or plausible ranges

    Even so, it is also only just a conservative estimate as it ignores cost of repair, such as cost of operator overtime or bringing in consultants. This formula ignores daily, seasonal variations in revenue. Also ignoring indirect costs of outages like poor company morale (reducing productivity for periods that far exceed the outage. Frequent outages can lead to a loss of confidence in  the IT team and its skills (IT blamed for everything). It can eventually lead to individual departments hiring their own IT people, which lead to higher direct costsIt is not just the cost of revenue not being made, it also involves the manhours lost. In this way, you can see that losing your website impacts your business in a serious way.

    Here an example: Sun Microsystems 2001


    •Revenue $12.5B/year, with 43,314 employees
    •Revenue per hour (24×5): ~ $2,000k
    •If outage affected 10% revenue: ~ $200,000
    • Assume avg. annual salary is $100,000 – More engineers than Amazon, so 20% higher
    • $4331M/year, or $83M / week for all staff
    • @ 50 hours / week => ~ $1,660,000 per hour
    • If outage affects 50% employees: ~$830,000
    • Total: ~ $1,030,000 / hour

    That is not an insignificant number. Minutes and seconds of restoration of a site can lead to salvation or damnation of a business



    When you finally get it back online, you discover it’s been blacklisted by Google because of a hacker. It happens more often than you think. Every day, it is estimated that 6,000 websites gets hacked and blacklisted by Google and other search engines 2 Once blacklisted, all modern browsers like Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari will block access to the site. This leads to drop in visitors, sales and destroys the reputation of the site.


    It is henceforth important to be prepared for anything – after all your business and reputation may depend on it. Protect your website from any data disaster, large or small with backup: protecting your hard work and effort. Take comfort in knowing that your information is always safe, secure, easily be restored and much more.

  • peterjustinyu 2:43 am on March 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: agile tester, developer, engineer, hire, , interview, iOS, java, , mobile, quality assurance, , scala   

    Dropmysite is looking for talents! 



    Dropmysite is expanding again! To help cope with our ever-expanding workload, we need more talents onboard this tech journey. We are looking for the following:


    We are in search of an experienced Quality Assurance professional to ensue that our Web and Mobile products are of the highest standards.

    You will take responsibility to design and execute test plans for IT and client applications under the guidelines of the stated quality assurance (QA) standards and processes.

    Ideal candidate: 

    If you are passionate about web and mobile testing, and thrive on ensuring applications meet specification, usability, performance and security benchmarks, you are right candidate. For the right candidate it is an opportunity to progress your career and be an integral part of the emerging success of a leading multi-national brand.

    Position Requirements 

    1. Technical specifications analysis and business requirements to design test plans.
    2. Executes test cases for web and mobile applications.
    3. Provides feedback of test results to project team for resolution.
    4. Communicates testing status to appropriate IT and client management.
    5. Works to embed quality processes throughout the development life cycle.
    6. Excellent communication skills, written and verbal – able to communicate complex concepts clearly and accurately.
    7. Experience in writing & executing test plans for commercial web applications.
    8. An excellent understanding of HTTP, HTTPS, HTML & SQL.
    9. Experience executing automated tests and interpreting results.
    10. Experience executing performance, stress and load tests.
    11. A good understanding of security testing.
    12. An understanding of Agile testing standards and methodologies.


    With the fast growing and ambitious group of businesses, we are in search again for passionate and talented Mobile developers to build some exciting and phenomenal apps for the endless mobile users.

    Ideal candidate: 

    You need to bring with you Android or IOS mobile development experience. As we are moving extremely fast with the services we have to offer, you will need to be able to take on projects and run with them independently.

    Position Requirements:

    1. Acute attention to detail and unit testing to produce reliable software.
    2. You should have working knowledge of one or more key solution technologies including Objective-C, Java, Android SDK, Web services and Agile.
    3. Excellent communication skills, written and verbal – able to communicate complex concepts clearly and accurately.
    4. Responsible, self-motivated & objective-driven.
    5. An understanding of agile development practices.
    6. Degree desirable but not required.


    •        Ruby/Java/Scala Engineer
    • javaLogo-thumb-150x125-16880ruby-vs-phpscala
    • We are in search of a great talent to join our platform team that handles the backing up of over 500TB of data. It is not yet-another-web-or-mobile-app. You will work on challenging problems that you read about on or HN. You should know Ruby/Scala well as our what our platforms are built on. Our platform is on Linux and AWS. We also use MongoDB and Postgresql. If you know the web stack well, that is a big plus.You will need to be able to problem solve, be self-motivated, be able to contribute to collaborative software projects. We are looking for people who challenge the status quo and think of new more efficient ways of doing things in a constantly evolving technical landscape.

      Ideal candidate: 

      • Work end to end on various new modules for our core product
      • OO Ruby development without the use of Rails
      • Exposure or proficiency in Java
      • Some knowledge of Scala
      • Algorithm design, development and implementation
      • Scaling
      • Design, build and deploy to AWS EC2
      • Lead, mentor and collaborate with other engineers
      • Test Driven Development
      • Gain experience with DevOps based procedures and techs

      Position Requirements 

      1. Able to work independent and take ownership of assigned development areas.
      2. Acute attention to detail and unit testing to produce reliable software.
      3. Excellent communication skills, written and verbal – able to communicate complex concepts clearly and accurately.
      4. Responsible, self-motivated & objective-driven.
      5. Comfortable on the UNIX command line.
      6. Experience with Ruby / Ruby on Rails is a big plus.
      7. An understanding of agile development practices.
      8. Degree desirable but not required.

      If you got the skills to pay the bills, please send your qualifications and expected salary to

    We look forward to seeing and choosing the best to bring Dropmysite to the next level.

  • peterjustinyu 4:47 am on March 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Why backup is losing your hosting business money


    Backup is a crucial business operation. All companies, and even consumers, consider some form of backup. Historically it’s been a major pain point, with companies needing to purchase backup media capacity, rotate media and stay on top of all backup requirements.

    What if your business is hosting other business’ content? Then backup becomes an even more pressing and urgent business need. And yet, for most companies in the hosting space, backup is still done in a traditional way — with server-side software and on-site media (tape, disk, DVDs). When customers change their data, add or remove data from their hosted content, or any other modifications, hosts are naturally expected to adjust automatically and capture any new data in their backup sets. However, customers typically must contact hosting providers to restore data. Customer service around retrieving backups is a cost center. Hosts must bear all these costs and requirements:

    • Managing the growth in their media storage costs
    • Managing customer support costs in backup and restore customer service requests
    • Optimizing performance of backup media and operations as data volumes grow

    Most hosting providers will have to pass that cost along to their customers.

    DropMySite decided to take a different approach — by combining off-site storage with customer self-service. Providing  this service over the Internet, and wrapping it together into a SaaS offering, backup can become a revenue and profit center for a hosting provider. This falls into the growing Value-Added Service (VAS) sector for hosting providers.

    How much are you losing on backups?

    Estimates for enterprise storage range from $10/GB/YR to as high as $360/GB/YR!2 When compared the global trends for disk storage pricing:


    That means that  estimates on a restore job come to roughly $100 USD per support incident4. Multiply this by the number of support incidents for backup restore requests per year, and the prices add up quickly.


    Imagine turning that from a cost to a revenue opportunity!

    Man with bysiness graph isolated on white

    Is backup a good VAS offering?


    With competition in the hosting industry being as fierce as it is, every hosting provider is looking for a way to differentiate. In general, value-added services are a great way to offer a higher level of service to your customers. Higher levels of service typically lead to

    ActionTec has noted that backup is a strong VAS5, and they’ve also drawn the connection that applications and value-added services boost overall average revenue per user (ARPU) for hosting providers. Creating bundles makes it easier for customers to get all the services they need in one simple purchasing decision. That’s a natural fit for hosting companies that already offer a variety of service packages, such as website hosting, email hosting and mobile app provisioning.


    How DropMySite can help your hosting business


    DropMySite is a leader in online backup, focused on backing up Internet content. DropMySite provides several different types of backups as a service:

    1.DropMySite (DMS) – backing up websites

    2.DropMyEmail (DME) – backing up email mailboxes

    But DropMySite provisions backups differently from traditional models. DropMySite provides backups for the Internet age. DropMySite backs up the Internet. The goal is to make it easy to backup critical, but unpredictable data repositories.

    How DMS and DME are different than traditional backups

    Traditional Backups

    DMS/DME Internet backups

    Backup software runs on the server and accesses local disks and file systems Backup software runs on DMS/DME servers. There is no software to install. Backups access customer data via IMAP with one-time authentication of customer accounts, stored as an encrypted authentication token
    Backup is written to a local medium (disk, tape, etc) Backups are written to infinitely scalable Internet-accessible object storage
    Backups must be rotated to preserved media Backups are compressed and written to infinitely scalable object storage
    Backups are not always encrypted Backups are always encrypted in transit and on disk
    Backups are a cost that hosting providers must bear Backups are a value-added service that customers pay for
    Restoring a backup is a customer support ticket Customers can self-serve for getting access to backups and restoring files
    Must pay license fees for backup software Free to you; your customers pay for their backups. We share revenue.
    Other costs are incurred for software, media, labor. Pay only if your customers use it.
    Backup has no intelligence Backup provides search across data and content.


    In essence, DropMySite shifts backups from being something hosting providers have to do, and costs them money to being something that saves them time and earns them money.

    DropMySite makes backup a powerful value-added ARPU boost

    Hosts aren’t the only ones who need better backup

    Increasingly, enterprises are viewing the Internet not only as a communication channel, but as a storage channel. Content is migrating from office documents, to online content management systems, wikis, intranets and websites. As this growth pattern continues, backing up web content is crucial. Yet, the challenge remains mostly mishandled by traditional backup approaches.

    The technology behind DMS/DME/DMM


    DMS & DME use a blend of open-source and proprietary components. DropMySite takes the heavy lifting of running backups away from our hosting partners. Providers specialize in hosting; DropMySite specializes in backups. Here are some key technology differentiators:

    • ·All services (DMS, DME & DMM) have full APIs around them for account setup, provisioning and management
    • ·Plugins for the leading control panels are available and provide full, turnkey integration and support. Over 90% of the world’s web content can be accessed using cPanel, Plesk and Parallels APS (Application Packaging Standard) plugins.
    • ·APIs also include the ability to create, access and manage backups
    • ·Two partnership models are available: 1) a reseller or affiliate model; and 2) a white-label and co-branding integration model using our APIs and control panel plugins
      • ·DMS & DME write to object storage, such as Amazon S3 (default option). Any API-compatible object storage that supports read/write/update functionality can be integrated. So if you have your own storage solution, such as DreamObjects, JungleDisk or OpenStack-based Ceph/Gluster object storage, these can be integrated as the backup storage medium.



    Summary: Backup is a great opportunity to shift from cost to profit


    While necessary, backup does not need to continue to be handled in traditional ways.


    Internet-based backup,
    linked to your hosting business as a value-added service,
    represents one of the best ways to boost ARPU,
    reduce costs, and increase profits.


    1. Computerworld; Tape versus disk: The backup war exposed;


    1. 2.      IT workers estimate the cost of enterprise backup – peer estimates;


    1. Backblaze; Farming hard drives: 2 years and $1M later;


    1. 4.      Based on normal read/write speed, and an average customer data set of 2GB, a restore job should take around 10 minutes of disk read off of tape or CD media. With fully-loaded labor rates of $70/yr, a 30 minute estimate of total labor per restore job, and a monthly storage cost of $72 for 2 GB.
    2. Actiontec; Apps improve ARPU;
  • peterjustinyu 9:40 am on November 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: back up data, back up sites, , , dropmymobile, , paperboy, partnership, reseller deal, ,   

    Major Japanese web hosting provider, Paperboy, signs partnership deal with Dropmysite 

    For immediate release, Singapore, Nov 18th 2013 – paperboy&co., Inc., one of Japan’s biggest web hosting providers has just inked a partnership with Dropmysite Pte Ltd that will expand the presence of its cloud backup products in Japan.


    Dropmysite is an award-winning comprehensive backup solution in the cloud that will keep website and database safe, especially in the wake of the hack attack of Yahoo Japan, where 22 million users were compromised. paperboy will bringing this much-needed service to safeguard online interests in Japan.


    “I’m pleased to announce that paperboy will develop website and database backup with Dropmysite’s technology. Through our “LOLIPOP!” product, we will provide cloud backup services for database / web site shortly.” says Sato Kentaro, President of paperboy.


    “With over 2,000,000 sites getting hacked yearly, Dropmysite solves a real problem in backing up websites and databases,” says Charif El-Ansari, recently appointed CEO of Dropmysite. “We are delighted to have secured this strategic partnership with paperboy and look forward to working closely with them in the future.”


    paperboy&, President, Sato Kentaro with Dropmysite, CEO, Charif El-Ansari

    paperboy&, President, Sato Kentaro with Dropmysite, CEO, Charif El-Ansari

    Paperboy will white-label Dropmysite under its hosting brand, “LOLIPOP!” as “LOLIPOP! Web/DB backup service”. This strategic alliance will see JASDAQ-listed Paperboy will provide this backup service to its 392,000 server hosting and 867,000 domain hosting customers. This mutually beneficial agreement, will spike the growth trajectory of both companies.


    Lolipop! will now carry Dropmysite's website/database backup service

    Lolipop! will now carry Dropmysite’s website/database backup service

    Paperboy is one of the fastest growing web hosting companies in Japan with 7-8% growth yearly. Their successs stems from having high product standards and customer-centric service. It is testament to the quality of the product and seamless integration that Paperboy will white-label Dropmysite, to resell to its huge number of existing business customers.


    The service will come with advanced features like automated / customizable website and database backup, secure AES-256 encryption, backup downloads, website availability monitor and performance reports. With easy setup, integration and unlimited storage, both companies believe that the service is perfect for all small, medium or large enterprise backup needs.



    With this collaboration with Paperboy, Dropmysite will also ramp up its presence in Japan. The company is already aggressively hiring to grow its Japanese operations.


    Backing up the land of the rising sun

    Backing up the land of the rising sun

    Besides Paperboy, Dropmysite is also speaking with other companies to create unique partnerships to further entrench itself into the Japanese market. The targets will range widely from Internet Service Providers to mobile companies. These opportunities will open doors for Dropmysite to further expand its email backup and mobile backup products in Japan.


    “I’m very excited to provide Dropmysite throughout the Japanese market. Millions of Japanese SMEs are vulnerable to online threats and have problems backing up their website and databases.” says Yu Shinohara, Dropmysite’s Country Manager (Japan).


    Beyond just this deal in Japan, there are many other similar talks in progress around the world. With a presence in every major region in the world, eventually, Dropmysite will be seen and used globally. This Japanese deal is a major step forward in the grand scheme of Dropmysite to eventually back up the Internet.


    For further enquiries, please contact:
    Peter Yu


    Gilcrux Holdings

    +65 9451 9142


    About paperboy&co., Inc.
    Under the slogan of “Spreading the joy of sharing information”, paperboy&co., Inc. was established in 2003 as a web hosting service company. Since its foundation the company has focused on consumer-targeted Internet services, and today it comprises three business segments: Hosting which operates consumer domain registration and web hosting services, Ecommerce Support which provides ecommerce platform solutions, and Community that facilitates communication among Internet users through blogging and media portal services. paperboy&co., Inc. (JASDAQ: 3633) is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. For more information, please visit:



    Dropmysite was launched on 1 March 2012 at DEMO Asia, the leading event for the best and brightest companies to launch to a global audience, and awarded the “DemoGURU” and “Freedom” Award. Since then, Dropmysite has been featured on Angels’ Gate, Wall Street Journal, VentureBeat, Business Times and CNBC. The company was selected amongst the Top 20 startups by Singapore Business Review. Dropmysite has offices in 4 countries (Dallas, Texas, US / Mumbai, India / Tokyo, Japan / Singapore) and the website is translated into 9 languages (English / Traditional Chinese / Simplified Chinese / Hindi / Spanish / Korean / Japanese / Bahasa Indonesia / Thai). For more information, please visit:

    • Martial 1:38 pm on February 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Certainly a good development and it may reflect the future of webhosting in many Asian countries.

  • peterjustinyu 9:53 am on November 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , best practices, , email, , hacktivist, privacy, , , , ,   

    Precautions for impending hacks 

    The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore has warned all government bodies, government-linked entities or anyone remotely related to the public sector to be on heightened alert for targeted cyber-attacks from the Anonymous collective. Here is some further information about this potential threat.

    The truth about hacktivists is that you’ll never really know if your website is a target. In June ’13, Eu Yan Seng (traditional Chinese medicine suppliers) had their site hacked as a retaliation for the insinuation that Indonesia was to blame for the record-level haze in Singapore. 
    In line with this warning, Dropmysite would like to make a public service announcement to all on taking additional measures to protect oneself from hacking attacks during and after these times.

    The actions that need to be taken internally at all sites are the following:

    • Update all User names and Passwords and delete unnecessary accounts immediately.
    • Make sure that user names and passwords are secure with a mixture of alpha / numeric and capital letters
    • Be vigilant in keeping internal security – for example: do not leave work stations unlocked and always log out
    • Check DNS security with your DNS manager
    • Please notify your admin of any unusual or suspicious site active. Also check your user access logs.

    In addition, we recommend that all owners of websites consider the following actions:

    • Update your username and password for any online system access
    • Delete all non-important accounts
    • Reach out to your DNS provider and confirm the integrity of your DNS server
    • Keep track of physical access to offices and computer terminals, and remind users to log off after each session

    At the end of the day, it is better to be safe then sorry. While the likelihood of your site being attacked is extremely low, these are some best practices that you can implement to ensure a peace of mind.

  • peterjustinyu 6:26 am on November 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , business development, , , email privacy, India, mumbai, new hire, , Udit Berlia,   

    Introducing Dropmysite's new Business Development Manager (India), Udit Berlia 

    We are proud to announce another addition to our stellar team, Udit Berlia.

    Udit has over 6 years of wide-ranging experience in IT and consulting industries across multiple disciplines such as software development, project and program management, presales, procurement and strategic consulting. He has assisted several large European telecommunication companies to develop and implement their Operations and Business Support Systems. He brings in extensive experience in process re-engineering and presales.



    Udit is based in Mumbai, India and is responsible for business development activities in India. His immediate duties will include following up on potential partners (after the recent RCHosting Summit and on other open leads). Having a background in IT also will see him fit seamlessly into the tech environment – don’t be surprised to see him coding alongside the engineers – Udit will be pitching in progressing the movement of Dropmyemail Privacy.

    Dropmyemail Privacy
    Residing across multiple cities, Udit is a travel enthusiast and has explored many parts of Asia and Europe. He enjoys cooking and is a big Jackie Chan fan.

    Jackie Chan

    He has a MBA from IE Business School, Madrid (ranked in the top 10 of Financial Times Global MBA rankings) and holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Bangalore Institute of Technology. Udit education and networks will come in handy in broadcasting the message of backup websites, databases, emails and mobile phones.


    Udit has a great passion for startups, technology and the bustling entrepreneurship scene in Asia. In fact, he has spent previous stints in consulting to be too boring for him!  Expect to see more of Udit in this blog and in the press in helping Dropmysite back up the Internet.

  • peterjustinyu 8:02 am on October 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Charif El Ansari, , , Ex-Google, Mobile back up, New C-level hire   

    Ex-Google BD Head takesover as CEO of backup startup Dropmysite 

    For immediate release, Singapore, Oct 30th 2013 – Ex-Google South East Asia Head of Business Development and current Head of EMEA for Dropmysite, Charif El Ansari, will take over the Chief Executive Office role from John Fearon. Fearon will move to assume more responsibilities in his investment holding firm, Gilcrux Holdings.


    As Gilcrux continues to grow its quantity and quality of startups, Fearon realizes the need to dedicate a seasoned captain for his flagship startup, Dropmysite. Within his ranks, there is no one more qualified than El Ansari, the Google and Dell veteran with leadership stints around North America and Asia.


    New CEO of Dropmysite

    New CEO of Dropmysite

    “The Dropmysite business is moving into a more mature business stage and we felt it was the right time to bring in an experienced executive to help with this,” says Fearon, CEO and Founder of Gilcrux. “Charif has a highly relevant background and I have full confidence that he can grow the Dropmysite business into a leading online SaaS company.”


    In 2012, El Ansari left Google for Dropmysite to lead its efforts in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Now with the management shuffle, El Ansari has returned to Singapore to take over the daily duties of Dropmysite.


    Along with his impressive resume and wide network of contacts, El Ansari will build upon the great work already done on email, website and database cloud backups.


    “Global cloud storage will grow 4X by 2016 and with 41% of the online audience in Asia, backing up the Internet from Singapore has a lot of potential,” says El Ansari, recently appointed CEO of Dropmysite. “I look forward to building on the achievements of John (Fearon) and the team.”


    El Ansari’s move will bring even more credibility to the startup that aims to backup the Internet. By bringing an experienced executive into the top position, Dropmysite will attract more top talent, tie up more enterprise partnerships and push out more backup products.


    One product to note in the pipeline, Dropmysite will launch a backup product for mobile phones. Called, Dropmymobile, it is an app that will backup the entire mobile phone – including contacts, SMSes, Apps Media (pictures, videos, music, ringtones and etc), Calendars and Call logs. Still in the alpha stage, the team aims to launch it in November and interested users can sign up on the website for early access.


    Backup your entire phone

    Backup your entire phone

    Having El Ansari as the CEO at Dropmysite with this management shuffle, Fearon will be given the bandwidth to focus on building more great Gilcrux businesses. Besides Dropmysite, Gilcrux has 7 startups like ApexPeak, EatAds, Kluje and with more on the way.


    Additional information on Dropmysite / Dropmyemail:

    Dropmyemail was launched on 1 March 2012 at DEMO Asia, the leading event for the best and brightest companies to launch to a global audience, and awarded the “DemoGURU” and “Freedom” Award.


    Today, this startup has been featured on CNBC, Wall Street Journal, Venture Beat, Tech Crunch and more. The company was selected amongst the hottest 20 startups by Singapore Business Review in 2013. The combined websites of Dropmysite / Dropmyemail has almost 1 million signups, offices in 4 countries (Dallas, Texas, USA / Mumbai, India / Tokyo, Japan / Singapore) and the website is translated into 9 languages (English / Traditional Chinese / Simplified Chinese / Hindi / Spanish / Korean / Japanese / Bahasa Indonesia / Thai).


    Additional information on Gilcrux Holdings:

    One of the world’s most innovative investment holding companies – GILCRUX supports passionate entrepreneurs aiming to find interesting ways to disrupt established fields and do it bigger, faster and better.


    Dropmysite / Dropmyemail / Dropmymobile

    This simple and elegant solution keeps your websites / databases / emails / mobile content safe with automatic backups into the cloud.



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  • peterjustinyu 6:55 am on September 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: APIs, , , resellers, ,   

    Dropmysite launches white-label solutions to maximise resellers’ profits 

    For immediate release, Singapore, 17th Sept 13 – Dropmysite, the startup aiming to backup the Internet, launches white-labelling for its automatic website/database backup service. This will help its global network of resellers to maximise profits and move sales even faster.

    By white-labelling Dropmysite, resellers like hosting companies can rebrand and sell the service as their own. The biggest benefit to resellers on white labelling is increasing profits. As it enables resellers to build their own brand, sell directly on their websites and benefit from any repeat business.

    “We offer resellers an important and new value added service that helps them increase their ARPU,” says John Leung, VP of Sales Asia, Dropmysite. “In return, resellers affords us access to an existing and loyal large customer base which is critical to deploying and scaling or solutions”

    When done properly, resellers will capitalize on their existing territory, client base or market to promote the website and database backup service beyond Dropmysite’s capability (or money) and reach. This platform is also making it much simpler for Dropmysite’s existing reseller deals with GMO Cloud, Xpress Hostings and others to integrate.

    To assist in the easy white-labelling process, Dropmysite launched the API in PHP language, since the majority of web hosting companies support PHP by default. Any company with PHP knowledge should be able to use the white-label API and implement Dropmysite with their own branding, own images, own layout, etc.

    Besides that, Dropmysite also prepared plugins to c-Panel and Parallel Plesk. Resellers mainly use these platforms so that their clients can easily setup websites on their own without knowing all the technical aspects of it. Once the Dropmysite plugins are installed on the respective platforms, the clients can access all Dropmysite’s functionalities from within c-Panel / Plesk interface without leaving the page.

    By doing so, Dropmysite has basically extended the feature of each platform.  Another way to see it, these plugins are similar to apps on Apple Store or Play Store. Once installed on the phone, users can access the site from within their phone without using a desktop or laptop.

    After signing up on Dropmysite’s reseller page,, there are a few examples on how to use the white-label API in PHP, cPanel and Plesk.

    Screen Shot of APIs

    In the future, as the reseller program continues to pick up momentum, Dropmysite will continue to adding more examples and programming languages. In the works are a Python, Javascript and eventually a Ruby-On-Rails version.

    “We have worked hard on the APIs, C-panel and Parallels platforms to enable seamless integration for resellers. It’s a great product and proposition for their customers,” says Leung.

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