Logwatch, Exim4 & SSH Attack Dictionary Prevention on Debian Lenny VPS

Logwatch, Exim4 & SSH Attack Dictionary Prevention on Debian Lenny VPS

Thanks to the excellent tutorials over at Slicehost, I got an idea of some the things you need to do to secure your brand new virtual private server (VPS) straight away.  To me, the main takeaways with regard to security would be: 1. create a privileged user with Sudo access 2. disable the root account login 3. use strong passwords e.g. a combination of letters in upper and lower case, numbers and other characters 4. setup iptables firewalls I had no idea how well these steps were working though in preventing unauthorised access and I don’t really have the time to access the the system logs every day. Wouldn’t it be great if there were a way you could just receive a daily email summarising significant security-related server activities? Well there is!...

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Initial impressions of Sparkstation VPS

Initial impressions of Sparkstation VPS

I’ve just been with Sparkstation for slightly more than a day on their Linux VPS. I thought I’d share some initial impressions, seeing that there is nary a review on these forums. I chose their cheapest VPS plan (VPS Value) without any control panel because I’m comfortable with managing my VPS without Cpanel or Plesk etc. I got my welcome emails for my VPS barely minutes after I made the payment – very refreshing indeed! I logged in by SSH and checked that the processor was indeed an Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5420 @ 2.50GHz (8 cores), as claimed. At first I felt rather let down when I tested the connection speeds – it felt no more responsive than a VPS in the USA! I submitted a trouble ticket on Sat evening, and that very evening they...

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