Update About the Heartbleed Bug

This is just a quick note to all our Mr.Host customers about the Heartbleed bug that has been making its ways around the internet and all over the media lately.heartbleed

If you’re not familiar with the Heartbleed bug, there is a really good explanation of the bug on the heartbleed.com website. In short, it’s a software bug in certain versions of encryption software called OpenSSL. This bug only affected a handful of versions of OpenSSL, none of which are currently in-use, or have ever been in-use by Mr.Host.

We’ve done an exhaustive verification of all of our servers, network hardware- anything that might have OpenSSL libraries installed, and none have used these versions of this software, now, or in the past. So Mr.Host is not, and has never been affected by this bug.

That being said, customers always have the ability to change their passwords via the Mr.Host Customer Control Panel; and Mr.Host recommends customers use strong password of at least 8-16 characters, with a mix of letters, numbers, and symbols.

Mr.Host takes customer security seriously. Our signup process, Control Panel, and Web-Mail services are all protected by high level encryption. Our Email servers all support encrypted Email via secure POP3, secure IMAP, and secure SMTP, and our FTP servers all support secure encrypted FTP.

We recommend any customers not already using encryption for their Mr.Host Email or FTP, update their settings to enable encryption.

If you have any questions about the Heartbleed bug, or about using encryption with your Mr.Host services, please let us know.


The Mr.Host Team


Control Panel Updates

We’re happy to announce that we’ve released a new version of the Mr.Host Customer Control Panel.

Most of the changes in this release were simply a face-lift, bringing the old, dated look of the Control Panel, to something more modern. Including, changes to the web stats sections, upgrading the graphs to more dynamic, JavaScript based graphs.


We’ve also, unfortunately, had to remove the Domain Privacy feature from the Control Panel. This feature used to be a free add-on available to us from our domain provider, so Mr.Host in-turn provided it free to all our domain registration customers. Unfortunately, our domain provider has decided to start charging for this feature- at a significant cost.

We’ll likely re-add this feature at a later date, as a premium domain add-on- for those customers that would like to pay an additional fee to have this service, but Mr.Host will no longer be able to provide this feature free of charge.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us anytime,


Happy Holidays!

The Mr.Host Team


Mr.DNS Network Tools v1.9

This Mr.DNS release includes support for the AAAA (IPv6) record, the LOC record (for storing geo-location information in DNS)

and all the DNSSEC resource records (DNSKEY, RRSIG, NSEC, DS, NSEC3 and NSEC3PARAM).

This release is also the first release to us our new Net_DNS2 PEAR module. This module is significantly faster than the Net_DNS module, using new PHP5 constructs, exceptions, and includes many more RR’s.

Net_DNS2 is available for download from theĀ Google Code page, and soon from the PEAR site and command line PEAR installer.


Mr.DNS Network Tools v1.6

I’ve released a new version of the Mr.DNS Network Tools website.

New features include:

SPF Parsing and Validation:

DNS SRV Records:

HTTP Header Parsing for any HTTP/HTTPS URL:

and many other small changes and fixes.