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Securing and configuring your Economy VPS
Posted Wednesday April 30th 2014 / Category Legacy Economy VPS

Now that cPanel/WHM has been installed on your Economy VPS, it’s important that you take the time to appropriately configure your VPS. It is critically important that you secure it sufficiently to minimise the potential for it to be hacked; by doing so you are protecting both your data and our network from malicious use.

If you’re unsure about the steps below, please contact the VentraIP Australia technical team via eTicket who can secure and configure your VPS with the purchase of a management day pass.

Some of the steps you should take to secure your VPS include:

  • Install a firewall; for cPanel servers consider CSF/LFD.
  • Lock down non-essential ports using your firewall.
  • Set a strong password, also consider disabling password root logins in favour of SSH-key access only.
  • Disable root password logins to FTP.
  • Configure your webserver (Apache/LiteSpeed/Nginx) and PHP appropriately – if you have cPanel you can use EasyApache, then proceed to the Apache Configuration area of WHM.
  • Update your kernel and all RPM’s.
  • Configure your DNS service on the VPS, setup your name server DNS A records on your VPS, and create your domain name child name servers (Registry hosts/Glue Records).

These are just a few of the steps you should take, but there are many more such as enabling mod_security, disabling specific background tasks and configuring services.

Out of your depth?

If you’re unfamiliar with securing a VPS and you need help, please contact the VentraIP Australia Technical Team who can secure and configure servers where cPanel/WHM has been purchased.

It does come at the cost of a management day pass, but the piece of mind that your VPS is as secure as possible is essential.

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