There is a feature that lies within the Security Center section which most of the cPanel and WHM users are not acquainted with. This section goes by the name of Security Adviser– a feature that displays all the plausible security concerns that the hosting providers will want to address, when selected. It provides a solution to the rising security concerns and warning messages as well. There are certain flagged settings which might be problematic in few configurations. However, they are not things that could be addressed through cPanel and WHM versions upgrade.
Security Advisor 101 displays a series of services that have already been installed, the various software versions, several password strengths and many other such configurations when it is selected from the left hand menu in WHM. After this process, it displays a colored status which is generally green, red, yellow or grey in color. This status notifies and educates a user on some probable security issues that are likely to arise. These issues and concerns are often related to those alerts or warning messages.
The messaging in the Security Advisor is entirely color coded. The severity of the plausible issues determines the color codes. The red advisories indicate a more severe security issue. Therefore, it is highly recommended to address these issues at the earliest. The yellow advisories are indicative of possible issues and it is suggested that these issues undergo investigation and get resolved with immediate effect. The grey advisories are primarily informational and indicate permissions’ issue. This issue is detected when a user has an unexpected level of access. The last but not the least, green advisories indicate trivial issues- that the security advisor does not detect a problem in that particular area.
The Contact Manager interface which is (WHM >> Home >> Server Contacts >> Contact Manager) allows a user to specify when and where their server sends numerous notifications. These include the notifications revolving around the Security Advisor 101 as well. Contact Manager is a default program that sends alerts since they are configured either by an email, HipChat, SMS or URL. They detect new issues with greater importance.
The Security Advisor alerts have a level of importance which can be configured inside the Contact Manager by selecting Low, Medium or High.