Tips for Keeping cPanel and WHM Secure

Tips for Keeping cPanel and WHM Secure

Hosting interfaces and automation tools like cPanel and WHM makes server management easy and add value to the customer experience. Among the hosting automation tools cPanel/WHM Plus is considered to be the most valuable one with diverse features, ease of use and value added control mechanism. Like any hosting automation solution control panel interface adds more firepower to the server security measures. Let us offer here a few important tips for keeping your cPanel and WHM more secure.

Tips for Keeping cPanel and WHM Secure

1.  Update your cPanel from time to time

Updating the control panel along with all respective cPanel addons and plugins would give you freedom from bugs and respective performance issues and help you mend some security vulnerabilities. Using latest versions of the software will help you getting far enhanced results as far as server security is concerned. In most cases the earlier or already obsolete versions remain susceptible to security flaws that are addressed in subsequent latest versions and so using the latest versions or updating the software to the latest version is so important for ensuring server security.

2.  Use SSL

In cPanel interface you always have the option of using SSL. But that is just not enough, as a server administrator using SSL should be mandatory for the users. Changing the redirect settings you can make users mandatorily redirect to SSL and thus can make access more secure for the server.

3.  Make use of secure passwords

There is no bigger security flaw than using insecure passwords. Among the most potential flaws that can easily be detected in a server by the hackers easily decipherable weak passwords are the commonest one. Simple and easy to remember passwords may help you in login in easily but they can make the server vulnerable to security threats more easily. Always insist on using strong passwords with both alphabetical and numerical characters. The weak server side passwords can lead to immense problems in respect of security vulnerabilities for client sites. Here below some of the important things to remember.

•  A password comprising of at least eight characters including both alphanumeric and grammatical characters will make a password strong.

•  Never ever use passwords simply based on common words in dictionary or any significant date in either public or personal life.

•  You can use some tools to check the strength of your password and accordingly make them stronger.

4.  Secure Apache

Obviously web server application is the ready in hand way to access a server system in simplest possible way. Naturally, to prevent and authenticate such access you need to secure the Apache installation in your server. To prevent malicious intrusion through Apache use you can consider some effective tools as well. We recommend using a tool that identifies the malicious script and the responsible hand behind it. Some of these tools by enforcing permission and controls over the environment further tighten security.

5.  Monitoring the system

Finally it is the regular monitoring of the server system and activities that will directly give you insights regarding the possible sources of security flaws. For instance, you must know when user accounts have been created or when any software has been installed into the system and whether any of the server system app or third party software requires update. There is a whole array of effective monitoring tools that can make your monitoring job easier. Keeping close tap on what is happening with the user accounts and software is a significant portion of your security measure and make sure you remain vigilant on that score.

6.  Enable a firewall

A firewall in your server system will ultimately make up the final hurdle to deal with for any malicious intruders. A firewall in a server system performs two of the most important duties, respectively as limiting accessibility to the server and removing the unused software in the server system. Firewall works as the last shield for preventing any unwanted access and malicious threats to the server resulting from such access. When testing your rules you may need to disable the firewall temporarily. Just set the firewall disability in such a way so that it gets disabled in every 5 minutes when the rules are being tested. Without doing so there are chances that the server will be locked from your access.

Following the above mentioned security measures the hosting service provider ( can not only fix security vulnerabilities but also can guarantee seamless performance for all apps and software without creating any security flaws.

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