TL; DR: SonicFast, a UK-based provider of shared, virtual, and dedicated hosting solutions, helps businesses build a presence online through a security-first approach. The company’s advanced DDoS protection thwarts attacks while its SonicVPN service ensures privacy for customers worldwide. With add-on design, development, and server management, plus 24/7 support from a team of security experts, SonicFast is providing everything businesses need to thrive in today’s digital arena.
In 1989, British scientist Tim Berners-Lee submitted a proposal for a new way of sharing information among researchers, essentially inventing the World Wide Web.
This year, three decades since that historic event, he shared concerns that his creation has “provided an opportunity for scammers, given a voice to those who spread hatred, and made all kinds of crime easier to commit.”
Security experts would certainly agree. Online crime is increasing in volume and sophistication, making the internet more dangerous than ever. Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks — in which bad actors flood an online service with traffic to consume all of its resources — are growing particularly complex. Worse yet, black-market vendors are putting the capability to carry out such attacks in the hands of criminals who lack technical skills — sometimes for as little as $150.
At the top of the food chain are those who deploy Layer 7 DDoS attacks — which target application-layer processes and are therefore especially difficult to detect. But not all hope is lost: To mitigate such threats, hosting providers, including SonicFast, are now offering services specifically designed to safeguard your online assets.
“SonicFast was founded in 2016 to offer hosting solutions with a cybersecurity focus,” said Mauro Carini, COO of SonicFast. “Our team of security experts specializes in providing Layer 7 DDoS protection to small and medium-sized businesses in particular.”
The UK-based provider of shared, virtual, and dedicated hosting is also a one-stop shop for design, development, and server management solutions. And, if you’re ever in need of assistance, fear not: All services come backed by 24/7 support from SonicFast’s knowledgeable and experienced team.
SonicFast provides a wide range of hosting solutions designed to meet the diverse needs of its customers. Those with small websites often opt for one of the company’s four shared plans, which all include unlimited bandwidth, 24/7 support, cPanel, and daily backups.
For a lower price point, Startup, Professional, and Enterprise plans offer basic DDoS protection. If you’re looking to safeguard your business from higher-level attacks, be sure to choose SonicFast’s Armored plan, which includes advanced DDoS protection through the Corero SmartWall Threat Defense System and custom-designed filters. Customers can add Layer 7 protection to any package for 20 euros per month.
Customers who are looking for a high-performance, scalable solution with a dedicated IP should consider SonicFast’s virtual hosting plans. The company offers a choice of OpenVZ virtualization technology (Linux) or KVM (Linux or Windows). All virtual private servers come with advanced DDoS protection.
Businesses with websites of any size looking for a secure solution and even more processing power often turn to SonicFast’s DDoS-protected dedicated servers, housed in datacenters in London, the Caribbean, and Hong Kong. The company also offers secure, high-performance gaming servers protected by Corero for Minecraft, Grand Theft Auto V, Left 4 Dead, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, among other games.
“We believe that uptime is determined not only by the redundancy of the service but also by Anti-DDoS protection,” Mauro said. “All our services are protected against DDoS attacks, and we conduct daily tests to improve and keep the protection up to date.”
In addition to top-notch security, the company provides transparent pricing. Customers can pay safely using PayPal or Bitcoin with no upfront costs, commitments, or termination fees.
If you’re looking for a turnkey provider of everything it takes to build and maintain a website, SonicFast is a good bet.
On top of its secure hosting services, the company has server management personnel on hand to act as an extension of your IT team. And it empowers customers to dictate the level of commitment they’re comfortable with — from one-time services to complete white-label hosting support, including email, ticketing, and live chat.
“We will handle almost anything, including monitoring, configuration, maintenance, updates, security, backups, and virtualization,” Mauro said. “Our team has years of experience in development, design, and security.”
SonicFast knows the value of good design in helping businesses stand out from the competition. An attractive, well-organized site that clearly communicates a company’s brand and messaging will make a strong first impression — just as an amateur one will drive visitors away. Whether the goal is to design a site from scratch or take an existing design to the next level, SonicFast’s creative team is always ready to help.
But that’s not all: SonicFast also offers development services designed to streamline business operations and deliver value to customers. Options include everything from fully functional web applications, databases, and APIs to complete tech stacks. Pricing for these options is available via custom quotes only.
Whether you’re looking to circumvent internet censorship, safeguard browsing activity while on public wifi, or mitigate security risks, a virtual private network (VPN) is an excellent tool for taking control of your online privacy.
The technology, which works by routing your traffic through an encrypted pathway so hackers and government entities can’t intercept it, is increasingly recommended with the rise in censorship, control, and surveillance across the globe.
To help customers reclaim freedom and control over their online data, SonicFast offers robust protection through its sister company, SonicVPN. As a part of its commitment to protecting user privacy, the company will never observe, save, or control traffic, keeping customers anonymous and safe.
SonicVPN’s services are available via three tiered plans, with pricing based on the number of concurrent connections allowed. All plans include unlimited bandwidth, 256-bit encryption, DDoS protection, and 24/7 support. Each includes the option to access content safely across the globe via server locations in the U.S., U.K., Italy, Romania, Russia, and Turkey.
According to the SonicVPN website, industry leaders like privacy expert Christopher Reed recommend using the company’s VPN to surf the internet. “Nowadays, the use of a VPN is recommended to anyone surfing the web to avoid being spied on by their providers or hackers,” he said in a quote on the site.
If you’re thinking of making the switch to SonicFast from another hosting provider, you’re in luck: The company’s dedicated team of experts will handle the entire process for you.
To make sure you’re extra confident in the service, the company’s support team is available 24/7 to assist with any problems via live chat or support tickets.
Satisfied customers can even earn money by enlisting new clientele through SonicFast’s referral program, which offers a fixed commission on each new customer. The company is confident that its strong security posture will lead to growth through word-of-mouth marketing.
“We love our job because we get to help people, and that’s why we are online at all times,” Mauro said. “We offer a level of customer service that the bigger companies can’t provide.”
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Christine Preusler, a full-time Contributing Editor at HostingAdvice.com, covers the hosting and technology space through in-depth feature articles and interviews with the biggest names in the industry. With more than a decade of experience managing and publishing print and digital publications, Christine leverages her communications skills to keep readers up to date on the latest web hosting services and innovations. Her goal is simple — to distill complex hosting concepts into clear yet thought-provoking narratives suitable for developers and tech newbies alike.