Regardless of the reason for which you bought VPS for web hosting, streaming, or gaming, you should implement strict security measures. Though the host will take care of the majority of the aspects of the security, you can do your part by tweaking up the security level of your web server.
But, before we begin our journey, let’s quickly take a look at the basics of a Virtual private server.
What is VPS Hosting?
Virtual private server hosting is a technology that allows providers to trade private space (partitions) on unmanaged dedicated servers. Each of the segregated space or partitions act as an individual server yet they depend on the same physical resources. The virtualization method is used to create those partitions. This sharing of resources cuts down the overall cost of hosting as the resources are divided between different clients.
Now, as you understood what VPS hosting is, let’s discuss the six crucial security settings to consider while setting up your VPS for the first time.
6 Security Settings To Consider While Setting Up Your VPS
Create a New Admin
With each and every VPS plan, you obtain an admin account that has default credentials (login id and password). However, the default credentials are prone to brute force attacks as the default password in the majority of the default accounts is “admin”. Hence, one of the foremost things that you should tweak on your VPS is to create new users with a whole new login id and password. This is the initial and crucial step to safeguarding your server.
On the creation of a brand new admin account, the next essential step is to enable or configure the firewall and antivirus. Just start the process by enabling the Security Essential suite and Firewall application. Additionally, install an antivirus in case you haven’t before. Antivirus is highly underrated but sometimes it proves to be a last resort and the only line of defense.
Just Offer The Privileges That Are Required
While you are creating a new user account, don’t give them all complete privileges. Limit access to the minimum and only permit the functionalities that are required. For instance, if three functions can accomplish a task then don’t include the fourth. This way, you can easily identify where the attack has initiated and also prevent getting your admin account compromised.
Always Have a Backup
Backup each and every file on the backup server. You must remember that you are on a new host; hence, backing up your files should be your utmost priority. The fresh host may have a completely distinct control panel. So, you need to make sure that you get accustomed to the new control panel as soon as possible. By backing up your server you are free from the worries of losing your data, you can easily restore the data with a backup.
Install Latest Update
It is essential that you regularly install the updates as these updates contain crucial bug fixes, patches, and solutions to vulnerabilities or flaws. To safeguard against critical vulnerabilities or flaws you install the latest update.
One must do regular auditing of your server. By performing regular audit, you can likely identify the malicious programs that even firewalls and antivirus couldn’t find. Perform a deep scan once a week, by doing so you may identify a few of the advanced malware with boot-time scan.
We hope that you now understood how to set up a VPS and what are security tweaks you need to consider for a VPS. Additionally, you can check out our Linux Self Managed VPS plan and if you face any issues, don’t hesitate to contact us.