One of the worst things that can happen to you as a web user is to have your security compromised. When this occurs, you, all your data, and your entire account is at risk of being hacked and attacked.
At its core, cPanel is already one of the most secure control panels available in the web today. It comes with a plethora of security-enhancing features, all of which are made available to every user. Some are automated, while others are customizable. Taking advantage of these features will make your account more secure, while effectively preventing threats.
However, there are also several things that you may mistakenly commit and lead to a reduced cPanel security. Knowing what these are will help you avoid doing them in the first place.
Not utilizing the “Tweak Settings”
Did you know that under the “Server Configuration” tab, there lies an option for making your cPanel account even more secure? This is in the form of the “Tweak Settings” option. Since you should do everything you can to protect your account, not utilizing this reduces your chances of achieving this goal.
There is no reason for you not to use the features and settings found in this part of your account, seeing as it will only take you a few minutes to tweak it. Here, you can begin using the Cookie IP validation tool, which will help reduce the chances of hackers having the means to capture your session cookies and access your account.
The Tweak Settings also allow you the use of security tokens whenever accessing your cPanel. It also features the “Bounce” option, designed to eradicate non-routable emails, helping prevent your server against potential attacks.
Dismissing cPanel’s Brute-Force Protection tool
Many hackers attempt to conduct their illicit activities through accessing vulnerable accounts. They usually start by repeatedly attempting to access your server through an IP address. When you leave your cPanel account unprotected, such as not implementing the use of the Brute-Force Protection tool in cPanel, you can expect these unscrupulous individuals to easily gain access into it.
It is easy to use this tool, so once again, there is no reason for you not to. You just need to set the value of the parameter. When a certain IP address tries to access it and reaches the number of set unsuccessful attempts, the tool will automatically block not only further attempts, but the IP address itself. cPanel’s database will contain every detail about the IP address in question.
Leaving the Anonymous FTP option enabled
Although some users prefer to leave the Anonymous FTP enabled, know that this comes with risks. When you leave it open, hackers can upload anything onto your server, and in most cases, the content features malicious programs or tools that will provide them access to your cPanel account.
To disable this, just head to the “FTP Server Configuration” tab, which is found in “Service Configuration.” Set the “Allow Anonymous Logins” to “NO.”
Getting the best use out of cPanel also means having a highly safe and secured account, so make sure you do not commit the above-mentioned mistakes.