An Introduction to Web Servers: Part 2

A web server will typically run as a daemon (system service) under a single application process. That initial process will then spawn child processes that handle virtual servers, individual websites, or even individual requests. As such, a web server could spawn hundreds or even thousands of processes per day, per hour, or even […]

How to Securely Download a File from Your Server

Downloading a file from your server should not be tricky. If it is a web-facing file, you can usually download it with your web browser. If it is not, you could use FTP. The problem with both of these options, FTP and HTTP, is that neither is truly secure. If you need to download a […]

Control Panel Security

Many times, managing your dedicated server from the command line can be tedious, especially when there are web-based control panels that make a lot of administrative tasks easier.
Control panels are great, and some proprietary panels like cPanel and Plesk have become commonplace on servers all over the world. ┬áThe benefits aside, however, you should also […]

How Important Are SSL Certificates?

For those who do not know, SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer, and is a security feature, supported by most web servers, that encrypts web data using HTTPS rather than HTTP. For normal web browsing, SSL will probably not make much of a difference, but we live in a time when dynamic web sites […]

Some Common Server Port Numbers

A dedicated server, particularly one running Linux, has a standard set of ports that are configured to operate with certain applications. By default, most firewalls, even when they are secured, allow the default ports to send and/or receive information to and from the outside world. It is still important to know what their […]