Software security, for many, is a subject so broad and complex making it very difficult to understand. However, this does not mean web users should not take steps to enhance the level of security they have whenever they use these programs. Besides, there are several strategies that users – even beginners – can begin to implement right away to boost their online protection.
cPanel, one of the leading Linux-based administration systems today, makes security easier to achieve. You will also find numerous security-improving plugins as well as applications to make your account and general web use more secure.
To start enjoying cPanel without worrying too much about hacks and attacks, keep in mind the following strategies:
Get rid of the default password.
The first step to getting the most out of cPanel’s security features is to never stick with the default password. You can define and customize the settings for passwords, and not only for yours, but for every other user’s too. You have the option to choose how strong every password is.
You should also make it a habit to regularly change your passwords, and ask your other users to do the same thing. The stronger the passwords are, the lower risks for hacks and attacks an account has. cPanel’s Password Generator tool can give you suggestions when it comes to strong passwords.
To prevent other people from having an idea of your password, set the SSL for access option to “Enabled.” To do this, go to “Server Configuration,” where you will find the “Tweak Settings” option.
You can also protect user-level accounts from potential hacking through the configuration of user password strength. This will oblige each of your users to create strong passwords.
Make the use of firewall, anti-virus, and anti-rootkit protection a priority.
There’s little to no point defining secure passwords if this is the extent of your security measures. You should never dismiss the importance of protection programs, such as firewall, anti-virus, and anti-rootkit.
You may want to check out ConfigServer Security and Firewall, more commonly referred to simply as CSF, for your firewall protection. For anti-virus, ClamAV is a good choice. You can install this through its plugin compatible with cPanel servers. To better detect the presence of rootkits – malicious, even destructive programs operating in the background – you can use the popular Rootkit Hunter software.
Do not skip on any cPanel update.
There are many good reasons for all the updates rolled out in cPanel. Although the primary reasons are to enhance user experience through improved functionality, they also come with better protective features that will secure your cPanel account even more. Besides, you do not want to encounter bugs and issues while using your control panel, as this can lead to down time and unnecessary crashes.
Getting the latest updates and installing them is easy, thanks to the “Upgrade to Latest Version” option you will find on the cPanel homepage. There is also an automatic upgrading option, which you can access through the “Update Preferences” found in the “Server Configuration” tab.