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How to keep a shared web hosting server secure?

What are the ways of keeping a shared LAMP server secure, assuming SSH access is available for every user? Edit: I am mainly thinking of securing the server from the users themselves and between ...
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Is showing your IP address in the URL a bad practice?

Someone told me that showing your IP address in a URL (like hxxp://45.67.134.34/default.html) is easier to hack. Is that true? I could trace any domain name and get its IP number as well.
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VPS security best practice

I've just signed up for a linux VPS to host a website I've been creating and I need some advice on the best approach to secure it. I've previously been hosting it off a VM in the house, but I want to ...
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Should I store my intellectual property / code online?

As a hosting company we have gathered a busload of information over the years that are pretty much confidential. This information includes code, graphics, ERD diagrams, SEO strategies and so much ...
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Should different web apps running on VDS each have their own user account?

I deployed my second rails app on my VDS with capistrano. Should I configure that application server to run as a different user, or the same as the first application? If I run applications as ...
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Completely mimimise the possibility of my web hosting account being hacked

I've just moved web hosting providers and I want a fresh, secure start. To a certain extent, I don't mind what I have to do I'm just fed up my account being hacked or infected. I just wondered how to ...
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How to secure application VM?

This question is derived from my previous question on Isolating Web application where two approaches were recommended. Apache Chroot Jail Isolation through Virtualization My question is if one of ...
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Recommendations for hosting highly sensitive data

I am doing some investigation on hosting sensitive data. Mostly finance and fund data but at a personal level. This will be a secure website where users will be able to login and view their fund ...
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Risks of serving untrusted content under HTTP Content-Type: text/plain?

Am I gonna run into XSS attacks by doing this, or will a file download be prompted? Are there security problems that would rise in a modern browser?
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Does compromise of one cPanel / WHM account on a server mean the other accounts are at risk?

I have created multiple cpanel accounts using my server WHM panel. As of now each domain has separate cpanel in my server. If one of my cpanel (domain) hacked, does that mean other cpanel are hacked ...
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Monitoring for security threats

I host and maintain several websites. The users pay to have their sites maintained and secured. However, with the amount of web applications like joolma, wordpress, ect... and their plugins, I need a ...
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Dedicated Server in Cloud Environment - SSL Remote Login vs Dedicated VPN

Thanks for taking your time to look into this question. Background I have my website hosted in a dedicated server in the cloud. The server is a Windows 2008 R2 machine. To publish I FTP files to ...
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What is the ultimate goal of hacking a webserver? [closed]

Recently I noticed a lot of traffic generated by automated bots that were checking for vulnerabilities in my web server. They were mainly looking for ways to hack into plesk/wordpress which I don't ...
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Do I have a virus on my hosted site?

A few weeks ago I hired an outsourcer from India to build for me a very simple PHP site. I bought PHP hosting and a domain name, and I gave him all the credentials together with the specification of ...
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Is it a real security benefit if a host uses static IP Addresses for authentication?

As my knowledge about information security is not THAT good and Google did not give me a satisfactory answer I would like to ask the community here: I am working for a company offering online ...
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How to know 3rd party ads are safe?

It seems many sites use 3rd party flash ads, those ads could be design to attack user. Do those site know which ads are safe or not? Or they just transfer any ads to user browser? In general, how to ...
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Can /etc/passwd file be accessed on a cpanel shared hosting account?

Given standard server hardening was performed, can the /etc/passwd be accessed by a shared hosting account by using PHP or Perl scripts which is executed from the public_html of the shared account?
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What are these long www bitnik URL?

Noticed it here https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/446263047812702208 wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.bitnik.org Is this some security feature?
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Preventing interaction among web application on a shared hosting account

I have multiple web application installed in separeted directories in a shared hosting account. My worry is if one application get hacked, attacker can use it to attack other applications too. So, My ...
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Securely tell the user his password in new WHM/Cpanel account creation?

I understand it's not safe to send passwords via email but when accounts are created via WHM/Cpanel, I have to let the user know what password I created for them. How can I relay the password safely?
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Securing WebHosting Shell Access

If I provide SSH access to users who has paid webhosting service, what security measures should be applied ? What I can think of: SSH keys RSA of 4096 size (shall be secure for a while) Apache ...
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'Ghost' access to a php file on a web server

I'm developing a personal project and one part of the project is a php website, hosted at hostinger as a free plan, that allow clients to ping to it and stores the WAN IP and the NAT IP of them. ...
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“Premium SSL” vs “Stanard SSL” certificates - Any reason why I would want a “Premium SSL”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the advantages of EV Certificate? besides the green URL bar and free security scan and whatnot. Our website does NOT accept any personal info other than email ...
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Attack surface for a site that hosts only static content HTML and images?

What kind of attack surface is there for a site that only hosts static content: HTML, images, CSS? How can sites like this be successfully penetrated?
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How were hackers able to alter the text of my pages without a form or querystring?

I maintain a small site that runs old-fashioned classic ASP pages with an Access backend. Recently, the site got hacked. The attacker managed to add a large quantity of code to the index.asp page. ...
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What security issues will I face with outsourced VPS server?

Our small comapny wants to launch a paid service, hosted on the outsourced VPS server. The obvious risk is that the machine is physically not in our office and that possibly the database could be ...
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Virtual private server security [closed]

I want to move from a shared hosting to VPS. I never used VPS or dedicated server, so I wanted to know if there are some security precautions that I should have in mind. Say, I create a ftp account ...
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How likely would /var/mail be encrypted in a paid host? [closed]

I pay for a very basic web hosting plan, which includes a personal email address. Would the sysadmin of said host be able to read the content of my messages? How likely would my personal mail folder ...
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Website Link Spam Hacking Protection [closed]

I've recently been employed as a junior web and software developer for a small company, and noticed that their Home page has had links to completely unrelated sites added like spam to the index.html ...
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How to securely serve client-side-only web content to mobile with convenience?

For a cryptocurrency client implementation, I am serving a single page webapp to mobile clients. It is a client-side-only page. I would like to serve this page to clients, but I fear tampering by ...
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The Pirate Bay's new Hosting Architecture [closed]

I read this article a moment ago: http://www.geek.com/news/the-pirate-bay-is-now-hosted-anonymously-in-the-cloud-1522725/ But it was very light on details. Is an architecture as described in this ...
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Interpreted VS Compiled web frameworks and trust

OK here is a big question. Interpreted languages have many advantages over the compiled languages when it comes to web application. But what is the ftp server is hacked or the web hosting company ...
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Location of server affects the speed of page loading? [closed]

i live in a country but i make a website for another country's users. The web hosting company has server in both of the countries. So where should i buy? Does it affects where the server is depending ...
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Using Old version of mysql connector's security issue [closed]

I'm using asp.net 4.0 and MySQL. Last week my hosting firm changed security level of from full to medium. MySQL connector doesn't work correctly anymore. For this reason I'm using old version of ...
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How is banking softwares used over the internet [closed]

I'm developing a banking software using php and that will be used over the internet. What are some of the security steps I should take in db design, programming, hosting...? thanks.
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Analysing server (VPS) before hosting a government website [closed]

Hosting a government website would definitely increase reputation, but it would also bring higher chances of the hosting server getting attacked by DDoS attacks. It's a cPanel based VPS. What basic ...