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How Experts Secure Their cPanel and Servers

Posted by Allison on 14 07 2017.

Security is a major concern that needs to be addressed when you are a web design or web hosting company. Server breaches can lead to financial losses and affect the credibility of the company.

 

Experts know how to deal with security issues. That said, there are things experts can do that you should also apply to your security arsenal. Here are some of the best tips and tricks that professionals do to secure their servers.

 

 	 Keep server software updated.

 

Believe it or not, people have software installed in their servers that are obsolete or vulnerable. This will obviously result in server outages if malicious hackers or bots target you.

 

To prevent the server from hacking vulnerability, make sure that all server software is updated and patched the minute updates are out. The only exception I can see with this is when your website will break when you update plugins.

 

Since automatic software updates…

Security is a major concern that needs to be addressed when you are a web design or web hosting company. Server breaches can lead to financial losses and affect the credibility of the company.

 

Experts know how to deal with security issues. That said, there are things experts can do that you should also apply to your security arsenal. Here are some of the best tips and tricks that professionals do to secure their servers.

 

  1. Keep server software updated.

 

Believe it or not, people have software installed in their servers that are obsolete or vulnerable. This will obviously result in server outages if malicious hackers or bots target you.

 

To prevent the server from hacking vulnerability, make sure that all server software is updated and patched the minute updates are out. The only exception I can see with this is when your website will break when you update plugins.

 

Since automatic software updates work with the service, updating the software on the client’s active servers should only be done only after testing on our test servers or sand box.

 

cPanel security experts have different application installed on the server for to zero in on vulnerabilities and prevent them from affecting server security.

 

Other safety measures include: Disabling unused services and daemons to reduce security risks. Using only approved and authentic software from your official repositories. Being aware of software updates and vulnerabilities.

 

  1. Update cPanel to the latest stable version.

 

In line with number one, this should also be done immediately if there is no negative effects on your website. Like most official server software, cPanel’s team publishes software updates from time to time. Failure to update your own cPanel will not affect the functionality and capabilities of the server, but you are left open to attacks if your software is not patched.

 

  1. Enable TLS encryption for all services.

 

Encryption is essential in servers with TLS to transfer the data safely. With weak encryption you’re sure to get hacked. To ensure that services are securely encrypted, we take additional precautions such as implementing stronger passwords.

 

  1. Implement a secure password policy.

 

In order to prevent account hacking, experts implement a strong password policy on all servers, for all accounts starting with root. Password policy should be:

 

  • Do not use the same password for different accounts
  • Do not store passwords in unsafe places (like a stick it note)
  • Use of strong password generator tools
  • Block accounts after connection failures
  • IP restriction in critical services
  • Using Two-Factor Authentication

 

  1. Secure the SSH server.

 

SSH is a very critical service on every server because it provides direct access to users on the server. Therefore, pay attention to security and limit access to the SSH server.

 

Experts have many tools and apps that they rely on. But if we want to be professionals we need to have more than their tools. We need to have a security focused mindset all the time. Always practice safety and really care about your customers. Your service as a web host or web design agency is vital to their success. The last thing you want is to make them vulnerable to malicious attacks.