In the vast, seemingly limitless space known as the internet, you can find almost anything your heart desires. A recipe for the perfect quiche, instructions on creating survival knots, and of course — endless hours of kitty videos. However, while there are tons of amazing things on the web, there’s also lots of dangerous things out there that can put your server and your digital information at risk. Below, we’ve highlighted some of our favorite apps and plugins that will help protect your servers and fight off the malicious ware that’s on the web.
Rootkits are a very popular type of malware that’s not only extremely common but extremely threatening. Rootkits are secretly installed on your server by a malicious intruder and allows the third party root access and nearly full control to the information that sits or passes through your machine. RKHunter is a tool that allows you to guard against rootkits on your virtual private machine. RKhunter scrapes your machine and matches it against a database of known rootkits. This easy to install plugin remedies this type of security invasion from the root and closes of entry ways for further attacks.
Admin-Ahead Linux Malware Detect
This nifty plugin, which slots right into your WHM interface, allows you to detect threats on your shared hosting environment. This special Linux Malware Detection scanner tracks active threats and creates signatures that are used in future detections. However, not only does this software automatically comb your server for malicious software, users can also submit instances of malware to be cataloged and removed from the Admin-Ahead community at large.
ConfigServer Security and Firewall (CSF)
ConfigServer Security and Firewall (CSF) is such a popular malware protection tool for your server that many argue that this plugin is a prerequisite when it comes to creating an online hosting environment. Easily managed from within the WHM dashboard, CSF is a script that allows you to lock down public access services and protect against brute force attacks and other types of malicious invasions. In addition to its automated functions and firewall enhancements, CSF’s sophisticated interface even allows users to manually manage an IP whitelist and blacklist. Now, that’s security!
It’s our duty to help make the internet a little safer; for e-commerce, for data security, and of course — for endless hours of cat videos. So if you haven’t already tested any of these plugins, we highly recommend that you do so. Protecting your server is important for not only your data but for your customer’s data.