These days, keeping your network activities safe from attacks is vital, as we're being warned all the time that cyber crime and malware is constantly on the rise. Obviously, having strong anti-malware software in place is a must, but if you're using Linux-based dedicated servers, there are several things you can do to keep your system safe. Some of these have been highlighted this week by IT World. The publication noted its tips are intended to apply specifically to servers running Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5, but most of its suggestions can be used on almost any Linux-based distribution, as well as many Unix options.
Keep your software lean
The internet news provider explained the more applications you have installed on a server, the more potential vulnerabilities you open yourself up to. Therefore, for the best protection, it was recommended you restrict the tools you add, maintain what is clearly required and actively keep an eye out for new vulnerabilities.
It added: "The more critical a server, the less tolerance you should have for anything beyond the essential services."
Encrypt your data
Ensuring any information passed over a network seems obvious, but you'd be surprised how many people are still using protocols that don't encrypt key details such as passwords.
It was noted it's not difficult for an individual to download and use tools to monitor this data and capture sensitive information, so it you aren't taking basic precautions, you've only got yourself to blame if you suffer a breach.
Maintain user accounts
IT World added you need to keep a close eye of who has access to your servers. It stressed the importance of deleting or at least disabling unused accounts as quickly as possible - ideally as soon as an individual leaves an organisation or moves to another project.
Related to this, you also need to create and enforce a good password policy. On RHEL, there are inbuilt password complexity controls that will ensure they users do not pick weak passwords for themselves - for example by mandating on minimum length and a mix of character types.
It was noted these are just some of the basic general principles you need to be following, as there as many things you can do to keep your servers secure.
GHOST, a critical Linux security is revealed
A critical vulnerability has been found ...
How Can I Deal With DDoS Without a Hardware Firewall?
A Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) a...
Major Vulnerability discovered in Bash
As you may have already heard, Bash (the...
Fix network holes to keep your data center secure
One of the most important operations tha...
More websites under threat from DDoS attacks
Many websites may have to strengthen the...
World Hosting Days 2016
As you may know the World Hosting Days 2...
Scheduled network maintenance on February the 25th, 2016
Dear client, On February the 25th b...
New critical GLibc vulnerability discovered
Googles online security research team ha...
How to use our Auto renewal service in SnelPanel
Remembering when your server needs to be...
Scheduled network maintenance on February the 4th, 2016
Dear client, Our next step in final...
Other providers require extra money for bandwidth you may not even need. SnelServer.com differs from other providers by providing bandwidth pooling across all your servers at no extra cost. If your other servers have plenty of bandwidth left, we allow you to pool the bandwidth to another server that requires more. This enables you to save money and you can use your dedicated server more efficiently.
High availability of servers are extremely important to our customers, thus we take uptime seriously. We offer 99,9% uptime on all our dedicated servers and third party monitoring to prove it. Moreover, we have a completely redundant network and we can execute network maintenance without any packet loss on your end.
We are committed to meet the changing hosting needs of our customers. SnelServer.com allows you to assemble your own dedicated server with any combination of hardware, memory or processor. By using our user-friendly drag and drop configuration tool you can easily build your own dedicated server completely tailored to your own needs. All you have to do is to drag or click the components you need. Our custom-built dedicated servers provide enterprise solutions which allow you to maximize your IT environment.
Pay your invoices easily by adding SnelFunds to your SnelPanel account. You can add any amount higher than € 50 to your SnelFunds balance. Once you have transferred the amount to your SnelPanel account you can start paying your invoices without needing any of your cards. SnelFunds has lifetime validity and offers great bonuses.