Ridley with Congressional representative John James Conyers, Jr.

Ridley with Congressional representative John James Conyers, Jr.

Our COO Ridley Ruth lobbying on the USA Capitol Hill with Congressional representative John James Conyers, Jr. A sponsor of the Freedom Act which repealed many of the Patriot Act provisions in order bring our laws back closer to what the founding fathers and James Madison intended in the Bill of Rights to the Constitution.

Congressional representative John James Conyers, Jr. is also a proponent of encryption and not allowing back doors in software that can hurt USA companies.

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GoDaddy has added cloud-based website backup for small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) from Dropmysite, a world leading Cloud backup as a service provider. This partnership will provide GoDaddy customers a Cloud based backup product that safeguards small businesses website and databases.

IMG_20151001_110137Dropmysite’s Global platform will allow GoDaddy to offer it’s small and medium sized business customers a robust website and database self-service product. The National Cyber Security Alliance found that 20 percent of small businesses are compromised annually and 60 percent go out of business within six months after the attack while Sophos labs estimates 30,000 websites are hacked every day. There are many ways for websites to be compromised that are out of the web hosts control, from poorly secured FTP connections, vulnerable web apps, third-party add-ons and weak passwords. Website owners can also corrupt their own websites by accidentally deleting files or upgrading their content management software. Dropmysite will automatically back up the website daily and securely using 256 bit military grade Advance encryption standards (AES) encryption and if an issue arises Dropmysite will allow the customer to easily and quickly get their website back online with its one click restore which will recreate a website and database within minutes.

“GoDaddy is the world’s largest webhosting company and we are proud to have the opportunity to partner and offer our service to their thirteen million customers,” said Ridley Ruth COO of Dropmysite. “Our service will allow GoDaddy customers to maintain business continuity and allow for efficient stress free disaster recovery in the event that something bad happens.”

“Most GoDaddy customers are small businesses and need their websites to be up and running,” said Jennifer Wehrmaker, Senior Director of Product Marketing for Hosting at GoDaddy. “Having a backup of a website is vital on the Internet today. There are a number of reasons a website could have issues and being able to go back to a previous version is priceless. Dropmysite’s product and global network of datacenters enables us to more easily support our growing global customer base.”


About GoDaddy

GoDaddy’s mission is to radically shift the global economy toward small businesses by empowering people to easily start, confidently grow and successfully run their own ventures. With more than 13 million customers worldwide and more than 60 million domain names under management, GoDaddy gives small business owners the tools to name their idea, build a beautiful online presence, attract customers and manage their business. To learn more about the company, visit www.GoDaddy.com.

DropmysiteAbout Dropmysite

Dropmysite is a comprehensive service that lets you backup your website and databases — automatically and easily. Dropmysite is a leading Internet backup company with a focus on backing up Cloud data, such as websites, emails, databases, mobile devices and more. The company has developed a comprehensive solution and launched three websites: www.Dropmysite.com, www.Dropmyemail.com  and www.Dropmymobile.com .

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Dropmysite launches automated backup for Microsoft SQL

Dropmysite has recently launched backup for Microsoft SQL Database. Microsoft SQL is the preferred database for Windows hosting vendors and hence as result of this new launch Dropmysite now supports backup for all popular variants of hosting solutions – Windows and Linux. Dropmysite now offers database backup of MySQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB and MS-SQL. Soon other databases will be added.

Through its MS-SQL backup, Dropmysite aims to provide their highly reliable website and database backup solution to all windows hosting vendors. “Even though most of the hosting customers still prefer My-SQL over MS-SQL, there is a steady demand for MS-SQL databases amongst our customers and partners. “ says Ridley Ruth, COO of Dropmysite, “[and] as a result of this launch we plan to capture the 20% hosting customers who still opt for windows hosting. “

The solution is designed to be simple and intuitive. Features such as single sign-on will be provided to the windows hosters and Dropmysite partners. The backup for Microsoft SQL database will be completely automated and the user can store multiple copies of the database. The minimum backup frequency is daily and there is also an option for an On-Demand backup as with other databases. The solution is already available to all existing Dropmysite customers and partners at no extra cost.

About DropMySite

Dropmysite (www.dropmysite.com) is an industry leader in cloud backup technologies offering backup (and archiving) services for websites, databases, emails and mobile data at affordable prices. They have over 1 million subscribers worldwide through their leading website and email backup platforms: dropmysite.com and dropmyemail.com. Through their vast network of partners all over globe, Dropmysite has been able to successfully meet their customers’ backup requirements for websites, databases and emails. Dropmysite’s strategic investors include Hatcher, 500 Startups and GMO Japan. Interested in becoming a reseller? Click here and leave an enquiry now.

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Making Your Hosting Solution SMB-Friendly

Many hosting providers, especially large ones, have difficulty understanding the particular needs and points of focus that are characteristic of small and midsize businesses. It helps to partner with a provider that is especially focused on the SMB market.

  • Common SMB behavior
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  • Guiding SMB’s to the third platform

When targeting SMB customers, companies typically use the same sales tactics they use with anyone else: find the pain, determine the need, please the former, and meet the latter. But when you want to appeal directly to SMBs and really thrive with that market, it’s necessary to consider how SMBs make buying decisions.

Common SMB behavior

Get more leads in your pipeline and improve your sales numbers by adjusting your efforts to take into account the way that small and midsize businesses shop. How can you optimize your SMB approach?

  • Bolster content and examples. SMB customers will use the Internet extensively to look at what you have to offer and compare it to the competition. “That makes it critical for solutions providers to partner with vendors who provide online price integrity and good content for their channels,” said Bonnie Lam, channel sales director for SMB-focused business phone provider RingCentral. “Gain your customer’s confidence by providing examples of successful implementations.”
  • Consider bundled packages. Since cloud creates such great flexibility to mold and re-mold solutions, it can be tempting to present pricing in an excessively piecemeal way. While enterprises might appreciate the freedom to cobble together what they need, small and midsize businesses are more focused on simplicity, so don’t break plans into many pieces or quote elaborately.
  • Square yourself on sales rather than consultation. Consultative sales can be helpful when working with any organization, but it isn’t as effective with SMBs. You want to standardize what you are offering to them so that you can focus on increasing volume. IT providers who bend over backward to craft customized solutions for individual customers will have trouble being profitable.
  • SMBs will act fast if risk is contained. Many web hosts and other technology providers offer moneyback guarantees. While that gimmick may seem like old hat, it’s a great way to let your SMBs know that signing up doesn’t mean they’re making such a big commitment: they’re safe to check that the service works. Choose partners that offer moneyback guarantees through the channel.

At Dropmysite, for instance, we extend a full moneyback guarantee to our hosters partners so that they can offer an SMB-friendly solution.

Simple and straightforward

You don’t just want to tweak your sales strategy but find technology and services that are directed at meeting SMB needs:

  • Look at the trends. You want to know how the market is evolving so you can better understand how technology is adopted. “If these market drivers are understood, it is easy to see how they can directly impact SMBs,” argued  Ken Mercer of TBI. “The result can often mean significant new revenue opportunities for you that can be repeated with other customers.” One obvious example of this is mobile.
  • Get simple and straightforward. You want your company offers to be quick and simple, with little need for support. SMBs aren’t able to slowly and painstakingly transition to IT environments since they don’t have as much capital. Once you realize that simple fact, you are well on your way to finding common ground with most SMB customers. That’s part of the reason why cloud is so popular generally: immediate accessibility, no need for internal support, and no need to maintain equipment.
  • Help them avoid vulnerability. During the Great Recession, many SMBs failed. The ones that survived became much more cost-conscious and focused on avoiding vulnerability. One way that they tend to limit risk is to sign up for short-term agreements. As we all know, money is central: “Many are looking for low risk ways to save money on monthly business operation cost while minimizing up-front capital investments,” said Lam.
  • Use of the cloud. The speed of the cloud, available at such an affordable rate, has essentially put supercomputers into all of our hands – as indicated by Indiana University supercomputer expert Geoffrey Fox. SMBs are very interested in further integrating cloud technology into their businesses. In fact, statistics from 2014 reveal that 70% of SMBs were able to redirect funds back into their organizations after switching to cloud.

Guiding SMBs to the third platform

A big advantage of focusing yourself on SMB sales is that you aren’t going after a whale: the sales cycle is reduced, and your technology can sometimes have a major effect on the company. SMBs will sometimes buy more impulsively, but they typically want everything to be low-risk, easy, and represent a transition to the third platform of cloud and mobile.

At Dropmysite, our solution is a great fit for SMBs because that’s how we built it: cloud backup for your customers’ websites and databases, featuring one-click downloads and user-friendly data migrations. With us, SMBs will never lose data again.

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Do you know that you can decide which emails should be sent to your customers for dropmysite?

Dropmysite had recently launched the new customizable email notification settings for its website and database management partners.

Using this service the partners of dropmysite can now decide and control which emails would be sent to their end users from your reseller portal.


  1. Login to your DMS reseller portal.
  2. We hope you have configured your SMTP settings by now. If not do configure your SMTP settings before you select the notification settings by clicking on Settings à Notification Settings. Alternatively, click on the below URL: https://resellers.dropmysite.com/admin/en/accounts/smtp_edit.
  3. Click on settings à Notification Settings. Alternatively click on the below URL:


  1. You will see the below screen.

Notification Settings

  1. Check the box saying I want notifications for my users if you want your end users to receive the below notification emails.
  2. Currently there are 10 notification emails configured here. Check the ones you want your end user to receive.
  3. If you want to view the email template please click on the button next to each email option. A popup will appear with the email template. Please note that this is just a template. The actual email that will be sent will have your details from the SMTP settings that you have configured.
  4. If you have selected the “Notify when out of storage” option and you have a specific URL that you want your end users to click for upgrading the plans, please put that URL in the text box saying “Upgrade URL”. Please leave it blank if do not have such a URL.
  5. Once you have selected your email notification options click on save. Congratulations: your email notifications are configured.


Resellers and partners are the core of Dropmysite business and with this philosophy in mind, dropmysite had launched it very powerful reseller portal through which the partners can now manage their users using and also provision dropmysite services to them. This email announcement was a new feature that was added to this portal in order to provide more flexibility to the partners of dropmysite.


Don’t have a reseller portal yet? Contact dropmysite at sales@dropmysite.com and become a partner now.

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4 More Security Facts That Experts Wish Were Common Knowledge

Password strength is still critical. Store-bought doesn’t mean secure. All software has bugs. Websites should standardly use HTTPS. Protecting the cloud poses new challenges. Backing up your site positions you for recovery.

What other security elements do experts think should be common knowledge? Here are four additional things that prominent security professionals wish everyday people knew about data protection, as described in interviews with Annalee Newitz of Gizmodo.

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Hacker Attack Browsing Internet Technology Wireless Concept

Fact #1 – Software updates are a cornerstone of security.

No one really wants to make the updates to their operating systems or applications. Reminders to make updates typically present themselves, of course, when we are trying to use the device for other purposes. It’s a distraction. However, software updates contain patches for security vulnerabilities.

“These software patches fix issues that were publicly identified and likely used in attacks in the wild,” comments Cisco engineer Adam J. O’Donnell, PhD. “You wouldn’t go for days without cleaning and bandaging a … wound on your arm, would you?”

Just like a wound represents the easiest point of attack for infecting organisms, an identified vulnerability in software represents the easiest point of attack for hackers.

Fact #2 – Hacking is not always a crime.

Especially in the wake of the slash-and-burn assault on Sony Pictures and the revelation that up to $1 billion has been stolen from global banks since 2013, it’s easy to characterize hackers as criminals. However, hacking should really be thought of as a skill that can have beneficial or malicious intents. While one hacker will break in to steal, the other will break in to better understand potential points of entry and further strengthen defenses.

Google Chrome security head Parisa Tabriz notes, “Just because someone knows how to break something doesn’t mean they will use that knowledge to hurt people. A lot of hackers make things more secure.”

O’Donnell agrees that good hackers are essential to guard yourself against the bad ones.

Data protection isn’t so much about constructing a fortress as it is about having watchdogs and trained professionals patrolling your turf. Automated systems are not enough to guard against attackers who are persistent and know what they’re doing. Sometimes a hacker will even buy all the protective software and set up a mock infrastructure of the system they want to intrude – so that they potentially have months of practice prior to making an attempt. Guarding against that kind of preparation demands not just the best software but extraordinary personnel as well.

Fact #3 – Physical harm, at the moment, is very unlikely.

One of the recurring themes in Newitz’s interviews was that passwords were the most prevalent weakness among users. Since you have it in your control to change your passwords regularly and even randomize them, it’s better to use that power to protect yourself than to worry about extreme damage by hackers such as physical harm.

True, it’s possible for a hacker to invade your car from any remote location. Furthermore, in the era of the Internet of Things, some of us rely on pacemakers and other essential health devices that are built web-ready. Those can be hacked too. However, the methods of attack are typically complex and necessitate long hours of preliminary effort. Nonetheless, we should consider how any device capable of connecting to the Internet might put us at risk.

Many of us are particularly focused on the idea that hackers are likely to murder us. The probability of someone going after an individual in that manner is extraordinarily low.

According to RAND security specialist Lillian Ablon, there are no signs that homicidal attacks are occurring. “What is attributed to cyberterrorism today is more akin to hacktivism,” she says, such as “gaining access to CENTCOM’s Twitter feed and posting ISIS propaganda.”

Fact #4 – Darknet and deepweb are two different concepts.

Many people, including journalists, have started to use the terms darknet and deepweb interchangeably, but they actually have two distinct and strictly defined meanings.

Deepweb is a portion of the world wide web that is inaccessible through Google and other search portals. A darknet is not part of the world wide web at all but a completely different network that sometimes requires specific applications for entry. Silk Road and various other illegal commercial exchanges are operated through deepweb environments that you can only access through Tor, I2P, or other anonymous channels.

Simple steps for security and recovery

Is it time to reconsider your passwords? Do you have two-factor authentication set up on your accounts? Simple protections can keep you a step ahead of everyday hackers and the vast majority of the problems you might encounter.

One final piece of advice: “Make good backups,” suggests O’Donnell.

Safeguard your websites now. Our one-click download feature allows you to immediately retrieve your files and repopulate your site within minutes.

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Dropmysite releases Whitepapers on Backup As A Service model

Dropmysite Pte Ltd, a leading website, email and mobile backup service, today published two whitepapers that explain how web hosting providers can take advantage of the huge demand for automated, easy-to-use website and email backup services. Both hosting providers and their SMB customers are increasingly aware of the need to back up email and website data to mitigate the risks associated with hacking, data corruption and accidental deletion. The papers, entitled “Is Your Web Hosting Company Profiting from the Multi-Billion Dollar Email Backup Industry?” and “Advantages of Self-Serve SaaS Backup for Web Hosting Providers and Their Customers,” demonstrate how hosting companies can generate new revenue, increase customer “stickiness” and attract customers with specialized requirements without increasing overhead via cloud-based self-service backup solutions.

“Hosting providers have a difficult time navigating the surplus of SaaS based back-up solutions in the marketplace,” said Ridley Ruth, COO of Dropmysite. “These white papers give hosting companies a better understanding on how they can take advantage of the expanding self-service back-up market and how self-service backup platforms can match their needs as a hosting company and the needs of their customers.”

Email security and backup is a natural extension of the role a web host plays in a company’s online infrastructure. The technology market research firm Radicati has estimated the market size for email archiving alone at $4.9B for 2015 by, nearly double the $2.5B size for 2011. With the growing need for business continuity through email, “Is Your Web Hosting Company Profiting from the Multi-Billion Dollar Email Backup Industry” is a timely introduction to the self-service software-as-a-service (SaaS) backup and archiving model, resulting in significant new revenue opportunities for hosting providers and better protection for their customers, including those who choose external/third-party email services. Other benefits for hosting providers include: increased customer retention, zero overhead and the potential to attract lucrative verticals as new customers.

“Advantages of Self-Serve SaaS Backup for Web Hosting Providers and Their Customers”evaluates how today’s backup solutions serve the challenges facing both web hosts and their customers, as instances of data corruption and blacklisting due to malware and phishing are on the rise. The paper identifies the key problem areas with respect to the typical backup arrangement web hosts have with their customers, which include customers’ lack of autonomy in backup and restoration functions, the high cost and relatively low value of managed backup services, and poor response and recovery times for end users when an incident arises. The paper goes on to demonstrate how the self-service SaaS backup model addresses each of these pain points.

Download the Dropmysite whitepapers at https://dropmyemail.com/resources/whitepapers

About Dropmysite

Dropmysite is a comprehensive service that lets you backup your website and databases – automatically and easily. Dropmysite Pte Ltd, was founded in 2011. Dropmysite is a leading Internet backup company with a focus on backing up Cloud data, such as websites, emails, databases, mobile devices and more. The company has developed a comprehensive solution and launched three websites: Dropmysite.com, Dropmyemail.com , and Dropmymobile.com .

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GMO Cloud West Launches WADAX Website backup with Dropmysite

Dropmysite Pte Ltd, a leading website, email and mobile backup service, today announced that it has forged a strategic partnership with GMO Cloud West, a part of Japan’s largest Internet Company, GMO Group, to provide its Dropmysite website backup and recovery service to GMO Cloud West’s cloud hosting services WADAX customers as the WADAX Website backup option. Through this partnership, GMO Cloud West customers will now be able to automatically backup and recover their website and database from the cloud on demand following unplanned outages or other disruptions of service.

As more websites fall victim to hacking, computer viruses and accidental corruption of data, there is increasing demand from businesses and individual website owners for automatic backup and easy restoration of webpages, critical files and databases. Backup and recovery are especially challenging for small and medium-sized businesses, which often lack the technological expertise to configure and manage their own backup servers.

Dropmysite began offering cloud backup and recovery services in 2011 as a response to these challenges, and as it has with dozens of other major ISPs and cloud hosting providers, will provide a white-label version of its popular services to GMO Cloud West. Dropmysite offers a simple yet powerful user interface, low cost and flexible backup storage, using highly secure AES 256 encryption.

GMO Cloud West’s hosting services WADAX customers can now purchase the website backup service as an optional service and easily set up and start backing up their data from the Dropmysite user management screen. Users can also download and restore their backed up data at any time.

Dropmysite’s standard backup service features include:

  • Automated incremental file and database backup
  • Fast and easy backup from the user management screen
  • Quick download and restoration of data from the user management screen
  • Backup history and restore history view
  • Encrypted protection for backed up data
  • Affordable pricing starting from 216 yen/month including tax


About Dropmysite

Dropmysite is a comprehensive service that lets you back up your website and databases—automatically and easily. Dropmysite is a leading Internet backup company with a focus on backing up cloud data, such as websites, emails, databases, mobile devices and more. The company has developed a comprehensive solution and launched three websites: www.Dropmysite.com, www.Dropmyemail.com and www.Dropmymobile.com.

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5 Elements of Security That Experts Wish Everyone Knew

Hacking has been in the news repeatedly over the course of the last year. Everyone is wondering whether their information is actually safe – what the likelihood is that it might get stolen or corrupted. The fact is, no one can snap their fingers and make their entire digital life completely secure. There are too many factors involved. However, you can certainly protect yourself a lot better with a more seasoned sense of perpective and simple tactics such as website backup.

Here are a few facts about data protection that security specialists think should be common knowledge, as described by Annalee Newitz of Gizmodo, via interview with various thought leaders.

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Fact #1 – Improving your password is an extraordinarily powerful anti-hacking maneuver.

Alex Stamos, CSO for Yahoo, has centered his life around determining flaws within systems and the ways in which cybercriminals can take advantage of those weaknesses. Throughout his career, Stamos has realized that there are two mechanisms that are absolute essentials for any user: complex passwords and two-factor authentication.

The security pro mentions that the press tends to discuss the most damaging and sophisticated attacks, making an ordinary person start to believe that protection is all but impossible. People should keep in mind that most attacks don’t involve the extreme measures used on high-profile targets by well-organized hacking coalitions – such as the screenshots and video feeds collected by the hackers of international banks.

Stamos says he thinks the way that data safety is presented in the press has an almost doomsday quality to it. As he sees it, many users are starting to feel like there is nothing they can really do to defend themselves, when they can actually take simple precautions.

“While it’s true that there is little most people can do when facing a top-tier intelligence apparatus with the ability to rewrite hard drive firmware,” he argues, that should not demotivate people from doing everything in their power to safeguard themselves from common day today attacks and security companies from developing functional tools to outwit the bulk of offensives.

Fact #2 – You can’t gauge security based on age.

Many people assume that a PC or tablet is “clean” when they take it out of the box. Unfortunately, says International Modern Media Institute IT director Eleanor Saitta, hardware often contains dangerous software before you even use it.

For example, the adware Superfish was fraudulently installed on Lenovo laptops – the best-selling brand last year. The malicious program “alters your search results to show you different ads,” reports CNET, “but it also tampers with your computer’s security so that attackers can snoop on your browser traffic.”

Fact #3 – All applications, even the strongest, have flaws.

It’s easy to think from outside the realm of security that it’s simply a matter of coding applications “correctly” in order to properly protect users. People who think in this way get very frustrated when hacks occur because it seems as if someone was grossly incompetent and simply wasn’t using the strongest technological standards.

Parisa Tabriz, chief of security for Google Chrome, says that safety is similar to healthcare, containing quantitative and qualitative components. After all, our systems were designed by people, and attacks are strategized by people too, typically to achieve real-world gain.

The ability to provide 100% security to the entire infrastructure means that the targets have literally no room for error: “The defenders have to make sure there are zero bugs in all software they use or write (typically many millions of lines of code if you consider the operating system too),” she says, “whereas the attacker only has to find one bug.”

Fact #4 – There really should be SSL everywhere.

Many people don’t think that HTTPS is right for their website because it’s only needed for login pages, payment pages, and similar situations. However, Peter Eckersley, a project contributor with the nonprofit Electronic Frontier Foundation, recommends that every website be protected with SSL certificates. If an SSL is not used for the site, it’s easy for anyone to spy on what materials users are accessing and even to doctor information.

Fact #5 – Cloud poses a different set of challenges.

Leigh Honeywell, a security developer for one of the most prominent cloud providers, said that data protection in the cloud versus that of an individual network (such as a business’s servers) is that the cloud is like an apartment building, while the traditional system is like a house. If the apartment building has a security guard, that person will have a lot more information and knowledge about how to protect the building than would the typical homeowner.

Cloud technology has an additional advantage too, a relatively simple and obvious one, says Honeywell: “Cloud services are able to correlate data across their customers, not just look at the ways an individual is being targeted.”

The value of backing up your site

As indicated by Parisa Tabriz, it just isn’t possible to achieve 100% protection from hackers – although some of the strategies discussed above can help. Plus, you are always better prepared with simple and secure website backups so that if you are targeted, you can quickly recover.

Related: 4 More Security Facts Experts Wish Were Common Knowledge [Coming soon…]


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The History of Backups

We have so many options for backing up our data nowadays: external hard-drives, CDs, USB memory sticks, SD cards, online storage (see http://Dropmysite.com to learn how to safeguard your website and database with automatic backups in the cloud), and multiple devices with vast memories – but it wasn’t always this way. CloudTweaks.com retraces the history of backing up from the advent of ‘modern’ computing through to today’s supercomputers.

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