Setup and Configure CentOS Server Part 1

CentOS is essentially a free implementation of the open source code from Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Logos and other trademarks aside, CentOS is RHEL at its core without the licensing fees. As such, CentOS has become very popular among server administrators as an ideal Linux server solution. This brief tutorial will explain how to get […]

How to Enable SSL in Dovecot Mail Server

Dovecot is a free and open source POP3 and IMAP mail system that gives your server’s users access to their email. Many server installations include it out of the box as the default mail box agent, and most use it in conjunction with another mail delivery system.
Dovecot has some security features that may not be […]

Best Practices for Password Security

In most cases, your password is the only thing standing between your server and all of its treasures, and the horde of violent hackers waiting to rip it to pieces.  Your password is your safeguard.  Without it, you have no access, and if it falls into the wrong hands, you are deep trouble.
There are several […]

Anonymous FTP: Benefits and Disadvantages

FTP (File Transfer Protocol) servers normally require authentication. A user must login, providing a username and password, and the session will last only as long as the user stays logged in.
Anonymous FTP provides users with the ability to access an FTP server without providing password authentication. At first glance, this may sound insane, […]

Server User Password Management: Best Practices

Managing a dedicated server requires a bit of babysitting. Even though most website owners and users have been told once or possibly even several times to make secure passwords, many do not. They may actually have pretty good reasons to use weak passwords, especially if they have multiple accounts in various systems.
Because of […]