Security: 5 Security Questions You Should Ask Your Hosting Provider
Thursday, November 14th, 2013Tavis J. Hampton
ARTICLE Your relationship with your web hosting provider should involve trust and cooperation. You should go into the relationship having full confidence that your data and your privacy will be safe. The only way to have that type of confidence is...
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Increase Security with Fail2Ban Intrusion Protection
Friday, October 25th, 2013Tavis J. Hampton
ARTICLE When it comes to hosting security, the relevant question is not if someone will attempt to attack your server, it is when they will attempt it. If you are prepared for it, you may save your websites from harm. If...
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How to Use Secure Copy (SCP) to Transfer Files to Your Website
Tuesday, September 10th, 2013Tavis J. Hampton
ARTICLE There are many ways to transfer files to and from a web server. The most common method is FTP (file transfer protocol), but it is not secure and opens up your website to the possibility of being exploited. Among the...
Best Practices for Database Password Security
Monday, August 19th, 2013Tavis J. Hampton
ARTICLE The stakes are pretty high when it comes to database password security. In many instances, all of a website’s data is stored within one or more databases. If an attacker manages to gain access, all of that data, which may...
How Secure is Open Source Web Software?
Wednesday, June 26th, 2013Tavis J. Hampton
ARTICLE The primary feature of free and open source software is that its code is available for everyone to view. Running such software on the web is inexpensive and may even give you quality results, but is it secure? If anyone...
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How Government Data Mining May Impact Your Website’s Security
Wednesday, June 12th, 2013Tavis J. Hampton
ARTICLE Website security has always been a concern for web and systems administrators, and it has more recently become a serious concern for users who are increasingly asked to provide and store personal information on websites and in the cloud. Recent...
5 Security Features Your Web Host Should Have
Tuesday, May 28th, 2013Tavis J. Hampton
ARTICLE Just because a web host says it is secure does not mean it offers the security features you actually need. Security is a very general term, but there are often very specific security issues some web hosts fail to address....
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A Basic Hosting Security Checklist
Wednesday, May 8th, 2013Tavis J. Hampton
ARTICLE Web hosting security is not something you can tackle in one sitting. Actually, it is a full-time gig that may even involve some sleepless nights. If you are prepared, however, you can greatly reduce your website’s risk of exposure and...
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VPS Security Tips for Beginners
Wednesday, April 10th, 2013Tavis J. Hampton
ARTICLE Virtual private servers (VPS) are not dedicated servers. You are not responsible for an entire physical machine, but a VPS still requires some of the same security hardening that you would expect from a full server. The following are some...
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Why Backups Are Important for Security
Monday, March 25th, 2013Tavis J. Hampton
ARTICLE If content is still king, then data security should be a top priority. Many websites keep data stored in some form of database, and those databases need to be secure. While much of security centers around firewalls, script hardening, and...
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