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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Moving from VPS back to shared hosting

Moving from VPS back to shared hosting

A couple of months ago I wrote about how I’d migrated this blog to a Virtual Private Server (VPS)  from a shared hosting provider. Well, since then I’ve moved back to a shared hosting provider. Why the switch back? At the time, I was learning how to manage a VPS for work-related purposes so it was exciting to apply what I’d learnt to my own personal blog. But it only took a few months for a few things to sink in: Managing a VPS takes quite a bit more time than a shared hosting account – not just the setup, but also the maintenance of security patches etc A VPS with enough resources to take the same traffic as shared hosting service costs more than the latter A VPS with managed services (so that you don’t have to deal with the...

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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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Blog is now on a VPS

It has been 2.5 years now since I changed hosting providers for this blog. As you (probably don’t) recall, this blog began its life on Blogger. Not satisfied with the limitations of Blogger (which has since joined the Google family), I was excited to discover WordPress which I then found the super affordable Focushub to host on. A year or 2 later, I needed a little more and went on to hosting by Oryon Networks (by the way, Oryon Networks is an EXCELLENT webhosting – the hosting is incredibly speedy and any emails and support tickets I sent to them were responded to in about an hour or less – even on weekends!) Today, I’ve finally made the next step, from a hosted solution (Blogger) to a shared hosting (Focushub & Oryon Networks), and...

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