EasyRedir updates
EasyRedir updates
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New Account Security and Fraud Protection Features

We're pleased to announce that we have shipped a variety of new features that enhance account security and help us detect fraudulent accounts automatically.

Our dashboard will now use a wide array of signals to compute a score of how trustworthy a particular account operation is. Examples of these signals include where you're accessing our services from (your location, network, device, etc), where you've previously accessed our services, whether your IP or device is associated with other accounts, and many, many more. If, after looking at these signals, we determine that we'd like more assurance that you are actually you, we may prompt you for a code that we'll send via email.

We will continue to refine and enhance this system over time to ensure your EasyRedir account is protected from account takeover attempts and other emerging threats.

Improved Public API Features

Now that our API has been available for a few months, we've received some great user feedback to improve the integration experience with EasyRedir. Our latest updates are all about programmatically managing your hosts and redirect rules.

Key Features:

  • We have exposed all of the new host settings from this release through our public API, allowing you to fetch and modify those settings on a per-host basis via the API.
  • Now you can also search redirect rules by source or target URL with query parameters to quickly find the records you need.
  • When you create or update a redirect rule using our public API, you can also access the required DNS settings for the resulting hosts. This will allow you to programmatically report or update DNS settings within your own systems.

We've updated our API documentation to include these changes, you can find them here.

Announcing General Availability of the V2 Redirector Edge Network

We are thrilled to announce the general availability of version 2 of the EasyRedir redirector edge network. We've been working behind the scenes for over six months to bring this to fruition and are excited to share what this means for you and how you can take advantage of it!

The EasyRedir redirector edge network consists of various devices that sit at the "edge" (i.e. the outermost layer) of our URL redirector infrastructure. Our new version has 96 points of presence (POP) around the world and uses a technology called Anycast. With Anycast, requests are automatically routed to the closest POP, which then routes the request inside of our private network to our closest data center to finish processing the request. The benefit to your visitors is that this type of processing dramatically lowers the latency that users can experience worldwide and gets them to where they are going faster. Anycast enables us to add or move the data centers we use to process requests without requiring our users to modify their DNS settings. V2 also provides us additional tools to combat DDoS attacks, which further improve reliability going forward. In the future, as additional POPs will be added, your visitors will experience even better performance globally.

To take advantage of the improved global performance our V2 edge network, you will need to make a one-time change to your DNS settings for each hostname you want to use it. Your EasyRedir dashboard will now highlight any opportunities to improve your DNS configuration, including using our new V2 edge network. We've also built a dedicated, detailed DNS setup information page that gives you personalized settings and more background on best practices around DNS configuration.

We will continue to support V1 of our redirector edge network going forward - including maintaining its current set of IP addresses and CNAMEs. Having said that, we consider V1 to be deprecated and future improvements to EasyRedir may only be deployed to our V2 infrastructure. This significant new feature further highlights EasyRedir's commitment to our global customer base and maintaining our status as the world leading enterprise-class URL redirection service.

If you have any questions about how to start using our new V2 edge network, or the benefits to you, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. We'd be happy to help!

Quickly Delete Source URLs and Remove Source Hostnames

We just shipped some additional functionality that enables you to quickly delete all the source URLs from selected source hostnames, and also allows you to remove source hostnames from your account. We wrote a help article to help you understand how this works as well.

This new functionality is available to all customers on all plans. 🎉

Little Improvement Smörgåsbord

We wanted to let you know about a few small but helpful improvements we've made around the EasyRedir dashboard.

  • Added a “+ NEW” button in the top-left navigation to make frequently accessed tasks easier to find and perform
  • Reduced clutter in the certificates view by removing most old, expired certificates
  • Significantly improved the source hostnames CSV export
  • Added a “2FA Enabled” badge to users on the Team Members page that have two-factor authentication enabled
  • Improved various pages navigation to make frequently accessed functionality a bit easier to get to
  • Tuned a few colours to be easier to understand
  • Lots of small copy changes to make things a bit more understandable
  • Lots of new and updated help site content to help you get the most of EasyRedir

Announcing New Functionality for Source Hostnames

We’re excited to announce the general availability of additional functionality related to source hostnames. Source hostnames are the hosts that you serve redirects on through EasyRedir. We’ve added a lot of fantastic new features that you’ve been requesting.

Key Features:

  • You can make source URLs case insensitive so that uppercase and lowercase letters are treated as equivalent when matching an incoming request to a redirect configuration in EasyRedir
  • You can ignore slashes at the end of source URL paths when matching incoming requests to your redirects in EasyRedir
  • Configure how you’d like EasyRedir to respond when we can’t find a matching redirect configuration for an incoming request. You can choose whether you want us to return a 404 (the default), or you can respond with a 301 or 302 redirect to a target URL of your choice. On supported plans, you can configure a custom 404 page that is fully customized for your brand.

On select plans, we’ve also significantly increased your ability to configure security related HTTP headers on redirector responses.

New Security Features:

  • Configure HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) headers such as a customizable max-age, includeSubDomains and preload
  • Enable HTTPS upgrade so that any incoming HTTP (i.e. insecure) requests are first redirected to HTTPS (i.e. secured) versions on the same hostname before we continue handling the request further
  • Prevent foreign content from being embedded on your hostnames by setting related HTTP headers such as X-Frame-Options, Content-Security-Policy and X-XSS-Protection

There's a lot more where that came from. Stay tuned for more features set to be launched within the coming weeks!

Password Complexity Requirements Increased

We have increased the requirements for password complexity. Going forward, all new user accounts and account password changes will require the following minimum password complexity be met:

  • The password must be at least 8 characters long
  • The password must contain at least one upper case letter, one lower case character, and either one digit or one special character (#?!@$%^&*-)

Target URL "last updated at" Fixed

We fixed an issue where the "last updated at" date/time of a target URL was incorrectly displaying the date/time it was created rather than when it was updated. It now displays the correct value!

Announcing General Availability of the EasyRedir API

We are excited to announce the general availability of the EasyRedir API! The API enables you to seamlessly integrate EasyRedir’s best-of-breed URL redirection engine into your custom applications. Regardless of the type of solution it’s integrated with, the API delivers a secure connection to EasyRedir’s backend allowing integrators to build a seamless experience for their users without ever having to leave their existing systems.

Key Features:

  • Create, update and remove URL redirect configurations
  • Monitor the detected and required DNS configuration for source hostnames
  • RESTful API design
  • Support for multiple team scoped credentials to enable easy key rotation
  • Support for idempotent requests for easily retrying failed API operations
  • Cursor-based pagination
  • Predictable resource-oriented URLs
  • JSON-encoded responses
  • Standard HTTP response codes, authentication, and verbs

The EasyRedir API is available to all customers on all plan levels. For more details and how to get started, read the EasyRedir API documentation.

Email Confirmation Now Required For All Accounts

All EasyRedir accounts will now need to confirm their email address before continuing to the dashboard. We'll send you an email with a link to confirm your account. We've gone ahead and pre-confirmed all regular users of EasyRedir who login with their business email address, so this change should not affect those users.

If you never received a confirmation email you can re-send it from the page that tells you that your account needs confirmation.

If you have any issues confirming your account, please reach out to us. We're happy to help!