Current System Status

 

No know problems at this time . . . .

Thursday  09/27/2007 - Late last night our eMail host server MAIL.IPINC.NET had a hardware failure.  UPDATE: At 07:03 AM the eMail host server MAIL.IPINC.NET came back on-line.
 

Changes to MAIL.IPINC.NET

Thursday 08/22/2006 - Today we moved the eMail server to new hardware running on updated versions of software in a continuing effort to provide our customers with enhanced service, and performance.  We continue to work on providing you with quality service, and performance.

Thursday 01/19/2006 - In a continuing effort to provide our customers with enhanced service we have added a new feature to how eMail is processed. This will have no effect on valid eMail traffic that conforms to the current eMail standards [RFC’s].  We are making this change in a continuing effort to cut down on the amount of UCE (Unsolicited Commercial E-mail) SPAM that is being delivered to our customers.

Thursday 11/03/2005 – We performed eMail server update maintenance, and the eMail server was off-line for a brief period.  The maintenance was completed, and the eMail server was brought back on-line around 4:00 a.m. We now have the latest versions of SpamAssassin™ , and ClamAV™.  If you have trouble connecting to the eMail server at this time you should follow these steps.

If you are using Internet Partners, Inc. as your ISP, and use a dial-up connection
Shut down your computer (completely power off). Then, power your computer back on, and you should be able to connect to the eMail server. 

If you have a DSL connection, and are NOT part of a network
Follow these steps IN ORDER: Shut down and completely power off your computer, router (if your have one), and DSL modem. Then, restore the power to your DSL modem, router (if your have one), and computer, and then connect to the eMail server. 

If you are part of a network that is connected to us 
First, shut down your computer (completely power off). Then, power your computer back on and try connecting again. 

If this does not work you should next take your network including servers to a complete power off state. Please process the following steps in order:

Power down starting with the workstations, then the servers. If you are using DSL, disconnect the router (if your have one), then the DSL modem. Once everything is powered down, start the power up process starting with the DSL modem (if your have one), then the router (if your have one), then the servers, and turning on the workstations last.

If you are not using Internet Partners, Inc. as your ISP
If you are connected to a foreign network you should be able to receive eMail, however you may not be able to send them.  You may wish to use the Horde web interface to check you eMail.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security US-CERT Alert

U.S. Department of Homeland Security US-CERT has been alerted to an increase in distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks using spoofed recursive DNS requests. These attacks are troublesome because all systems communicating over the internet need to allow DNS traffic.

Security researchers are warning about a new variety of unusually powerful Internet attacks that can disrupt access to Web sites and eMails by exploiting the computers that help manage global Internet traffic.

Hackers aren't using simple hijacked home computers to attack. They are turning the Internet's Domain Name Server system [DNS] against itself. The domain name server system is the Internet's addressing system. It maps ugly numeric IP addresses like 65.75.192.11 to simple names like MAIL.IPINC.NET. There are 13 root nameservers, which are essential to the proper functioning of the Internet.  But there are perhaps 1 million or more additional domain name servers including ours at Internet Partners, Inc.

It's these local domain servers that are being used in the attack. Criminals have figured out a way to ask one of these smaller servers a question, and by using a fake return address, get the answer sent to a different computer. That's called spoofing, but it might be thought of as data identity theft. Or, in real-world terms, it's like having a pizza delivered to a friend's house as a prank.

Criminals have trained tens of thousands of domain name servers on individual computers, flooding them with so much traffic that they are forced off the Internet. The attack is incredibly effective because traffic coming from domain name computers tends to be trusted. And it's particularly hard to filter out the attacking traffic from legitimate traffic.

For example, criminals send a question from a hijacked university computer to BigCompany.com’s domain server, pretending to be Retailer.com. The responses go to Retailer.com. Repeated thousands of times, the site eventually topples over. Were the rogue traffic sent from a university computer, Retailer.com might be able to filter it out. But Retailer.com tends to believe BigCompany’s domain name server, and cutting it off would tend to cut off visits from every employee in the company. Multiply that effect by a few hundred domain name servers and the Web site has a terrible choice -- either shut out half the Internet, or be overwhelmed by traffic.

We at Internet Partners, Inc. are working hard to combat these types of attacks, and the effects they have on our customers.  For more details about The Continuing Denial of Service Threat Posed by DNS Recursion Click here.
 

Friday  07/21/2006 - QWest DSL service problem started around 3:30 PM.  The QWest DSL circuit suddenly started taking massive packet errors, and our notification system started paging our system administrators.  Problem was worked on all night by Internet Partners, and the Telco's that are part of the delivery of this service. Problem was found to be oxidized DS3 contacts at the DSX panel at the Qwest CO [Central Office].

Changes to MAIL.IPINC.NET

Thursday 01/19/2006 - In a continuing effort to provide our customers with enhanced service we have added a new feature to how eMail is processed. This will have no effect on valid eMail traffic that conforms to the current eMail standards [RFC’s].  We are making this change in a continuing effort to cut down on the amount of UCE (Unsolicited Commercial E-mail) SPAM that is being delivered to our customers.

Thursday 11/03/2005 – We performed eMail server update maintenance, and the eMail server was off-line for a brief period.  The maintenance was completed, and the eMail server was brought back on-line around 4:00 a.m. We now have the latest versions of SpamAssassin™ , and ClamAV™.  If you have trouble connecting to the eMail server at this time you should follow these steps.

If you are using Internet Partners, Inc. as your ISP, and use a dial-up connection
Shut down your computer (completely power off). Then, power your computer back on, and you should be able to connect to the email server. 

If you have a DSL connection, and are NOT part of a network
Follow these steps IN ORDER: Shut down and completely power off your computer, router (if your have one), and DSL modem. Then, restore the power to your DSL modem, router (if your have one), and computer, and then connect to the eMail server. 

If you are part of a network that is connected to us 
First, shut down your computer (completely power off). Then, power your computer back on and try connecting again. 

If this does not work you should next take your network including servers to a complete power off state. Please process the following steps in order:

Power down starting with the workstations, then the servers. If you are using DSL, disconnect the router (if your have one), then the DSL modem. Once everything is powered down, start the power up process starting with the DSL modem (if your have one), then the router (if your have one), then the servers, and turning on the workstations last.

If you are not using Internet Partners, Inc. as your ISP
If you are connected to a foreign network you should be able to receive eMail, however you may not be able to send them.  You may wish to use the Horde web interface to check you eMail.

We have renumbered our network

Internet Partners, Inc. completed the renumbering of our network. Even after well over a year we still have some customers who continue to request DNS lookups from our old DNS host on the old IP addresses. Please note that when you setup a new host computer unless otherwise instructed every thing should be setup to automatically obtain this type of information.

From time to time, we have to schedule temporary outages to upgrade and/or repair connections, hardware and software. The scheduled downtimes are always done at night and are only for a short period of time and in most cases won't even affect your connection.

Sometimes, however, the Internet itself has problems- like a major broken connection that is slowing down Internet News, or what-have-you. Check this page out often to see the our system status, or visit the Internet Traffic Report list below.

Reports of Connection Problems

There have been a lot of connection problem reports recently of these, just last few weeks alone we had eight different companies call us to report their circuits were down (some DSL, some T1) and the problem turned out to be viruses/ Trojan programs on systems that were attempting to propagate themselves to the world.

In one example the Trojan program was on the system administers desktop system she had just updated to Windows XP two days earlier. They had a T1 Frame on a Cisco 2501 router to us, the router running IOS 12.1 code and running address translation. We did a "show ip translations" at the prompt and got a list of around 500 entries in the translation table from this one machine, the CPU of the router was so overloaded the Frame Relay process was dropping the Frame circuit every two minutes.

We have had others with those little Linksys routers go down, and with the translators on the ActionTec DSL modems that Qwest supplies. In all those cases the external IP number of the translator was still ping able if it had previously been ping able, although the small amount ram of the routers was overloaded with excessive translations and no data was getting through.

So, be careful that all of your computers are clean, and patched. Be mindful that you may believe that if you have patched your computer, and the Anti Virus software says they are clean, that you still may not be clean. This is due to the fact that many viruses disable Anti Virus software when they infect your computers.

We suggest that you use some third party scanning tools. These are some examples of tools and software you may wish to use.

1. "ewido networks" free online scan.  Click here to run online scan.

2. " Spybot - Search & Destroy "  Click here for details or "Spy Sweeper" by Webroot Click here for details

3. "AVG" Anti-Virus Free Edition for HOME users for NON-COMMERCIAL use Click here for details

4. " ClamWin " Free Antivirus has been awarded Project of the month on SourceForge.net Click here for details

5. On-Line AntiVirus/Security scan by Symantec Click here for details

6. On-Line AntiVirus/Security scan by Trend Micro Click here for details

7.  The Secunia Software Inspector will inspect your operating system and software for insecure versions Click here for details

Minimum Requirements:
* Windows 2000, Windows XP, or Windows 2003
* Sun Java JRE 1.5.0_06 +
* Internet Explorer 6.x, Opera 9.x, or Firefox 1.5.x
* Latest version of Microsoft Windows Update

8. On-Line Internet threats scan by PC Flank Click here for details

9. Download McAfee AVERT Stinger and run it  Click here for details

10.  Download Mailwasher anti spam software, the reliable spam blocker, protect your computer from unwanted email spam and stop viruses before you download them. Click here to download this FREE version.

 

ComputerWorld - How to make Windows XP last for the next seven years

Vista, schmista. Follow our tips for keeping your XP setup humming happily for a long, long time. Click here for more details.

 

The Internet Traffic Report monitors the flow of data around the world. It then displays a value between zero and 100. Higher values indicate faster and more reliable connections.

The Internet Traffic Report monitors the flow of data around the world. It then displays a value between zero and 100. Higher values indicate faster and more reliable connections. Click Here to visit the site.

Net Traffic Status

Are you wondering if the Internet is congested? Curious to see if that big FTP transfer you just did made a blip on anyone's radar? Well, now you can see for yourself!

Check your connection speed

Tests on our network [Note: Java base tests require that Java be installed www.java.com ]

Tests from other points on the Internet

Internet speed depends on a lot of network factors. The internet speed you receive is determined by the slowest link in the chain leading to and from your computer. This includes numerous switches, routers, servers, and host computers it takes to transfer data. Tests are only as accurate as the network factors between your computer and the other end of the connection. Try these tests numerous times at different times of the day to get a good idea of your true speed to the internet.

Another bandwidth tester

From PCMAG.COM - SurfSpeed measures your web browsing speed and gives you a number that you can compare to other SurfSpeed users. SurfSpeed is NOT a bandwidth meter it's a real world surfing speedometer. You have to download, and install the SurfSpeed program to run the tests. Click here to start the Sign In download process. Click here to read more about the process

News Server Statistics

The Usenet Network News server is probably the busiest server that we manage - literally dealing with thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of articles every day. Operating a Usenet news server on a full feed is one of the most technically advanced tasks an ISP can take on, and a stable one is no better proof of an ISP's competency. It is not a surprise that many ISP's are unable to manage this and resell NNTP services from commercial Usenet services. A smooth-running news server is one of the hallmarks of a professional ISP and we encourage you to view the statistics of ours.

Check Blacklists

Check this site to see if your eMail server is blacklisted.  If you where blacklisted, and have fixed the problem on your eMail server this is the site you need to check to see if you are on any other list.  Click Here for more details.

FREE GEEK - Home Page 

Any computer equipment, working or not, can be donated to FREE GEEK; they will repair and reuse what computers they can. Non-functioning computers and scrap will be recycled responsibly.  Click Here for more details.
 

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