Top Points to Secure Server Hosting

Aug 27,2021 by Raghav Bansal
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Cloud servers are generally instantly deployed. This means with a few clicks you can deploy cloud servers. Hosting companies like – Go4hosting provide an easy-to-use dashboard along with a control panel that can be used to launch a secure server hosting within 30 seconds flat. However, after the launch of the new server becomes, you should follow some basic steps to keep the server protected from any sort of malicious activity. Servers that are available open on the World Wide Web always stand exposed to all kinds of cyber threats.

To protect your account from any kind of malicious intent you can consider and follow below suggestions: –

Simple Ways to Protect your Password – Giving Password Logins to users to log into your account is one of the gross mistakes you can actually commit. Passwords, no matter how cleverly you have created and innovatively imagined, can be fairly easily cracked either by keyloggers or by brute force. The more secure way to log in is through SSH keys. It not only guarantees more security but it is more convenient for your access as well. Oftentimes, innovative passwords are difficult to remember and goof-ups are possible. Luckily, if you have configured the server with SSH, and you have allowed a key login and disallows passwords. You are on the first step to secure your server.

Installing Upgrades – Enabling Upgrades is always a Good Idea  In order to keep your server safe from all sorts of attacks, the line of defense needs to be kept strong. The best line of defense for any server is to ensure that all packages installed in the server and are updated. Vulnerabilities are escalated when packages are not updated. To reduce such issues you need to allow automatic unattended upgrades for keeping your server safe and secure. In some cases, upgrades are allowed only on post permission. When the permissions are not provided, the updates remain pending and during that period, the server remains vulnerable to external attacks. This is why unattended upgrades are the best solutions.

Rely on Fail2Ban – Additional tools may also need to be engaged in securing your server. Tools like Fail2ban can help by scanning log files. It also bans suspicious IP addresses, blocks brute force on password guessing by too many attempts, and so on. Generally, it is used for updating Firewall norms and restricting IP addresses for a specified period of time. However, other arbitrary actions can also be taken by suitably configuring Fail2ban. For instance, you can use it for sending messages through emails. Fail2ban also comes with specific filters that are meant for different services including SSH, Apache, and Courier. However, these may not be included in the default configuration, they need to be added as additional, later. We will advise you to check the documentation of Fail2ban to understand what all it can actually offer.

Stay Vigilant -The best way to protect your server is to stay informed. You need to have a system in place where you can be notified when things start getting abnormal and weird. And the best way to do it is by engaging with Log-watch. With the help of Log Watch, we can keep an eye on the system logs. Log watch is easy to install and is a fairly common tool for securing servers. However, it is always prudent to check the specifications before engaging with Log-watch.

Web Application Firewall – Security groups can often be used for filtering internet traffic. It scans the web traffic and allows entities that are indispensable. Forming such groups is considered one of the most effective ways to filter traffic. By default, a cloud server hosting allows traffic to HTTP port 80 and SSH port 22. You will need to refer to additional guidelines for opening other ports.

IDS (Intrusion Detection System) -One more smart way of managing and controlling threats is to engage an intrusion detection system like Tripwire. You need to read through the instructions of the system before engaging it.

Conclusion: –

It is important to note that all these steps need to be executed for ensuring the complete safety of freshly created servers. This is, however, a simple and basic guide. There are other applications and services running on these servers. Common servers include Apache web server, applications like Java, Python, and PHP and so on. For these applications, For additional security, extra steps have to be undertaken. Before launching one such server on the web, it is important to read the above points that help in securing servers. For secure dedicated server hosting and for other hosting plans you can contact our team.

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