3 Differences Between Linux and BSD

Linux and BSD are two of the most highly regarded server operating systems in the world, mainly for their security, flexibility, and open source development. In reality, both terms broadly refer to multiple operating systems, and it is not possible to compare the two without confusing some of their variants. There are, however, general similarities […]

Linux Server Security Guide: Part 3

Network Security
When it comes to network security, your firewall is one of your most important tools. It is generally a good idea to have multiple lines of defense, such as a router-level firewall and also a server-level firewall that is software-based. Usually, you can block most ports with your firewall, and only allow […]

Server OS Profile: OpenBSD

OpenBSD is a derivative of the free and open source Unix operating system BSD, which was first developed at the University of California, Berkeley. The OS is probably best known for its mascot, the puffer fish named Puffy, and also for its very popular sub-project OpenSSH, which is used on many of the servers around […]

How to Install and Remove Packages in FreeBSD

If you have used Linux servers, you are probably very familiar with the package management systems, such as YUM or APT. Unless you used Gentoo, however, you may find the package management system in FreeBSD to be noticeably different. What follows is a quick start guide to FreeBSD’s package management system called Ports Collection and […]

An Introduction to FreeBSD Ports Collection

For most of my posts that cover the installation of software on dedicated servers, I have focused on Linux package managers like YUM and APT. Many servers, however, run variations of BSD (FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, etc.). Therefore, it would be shortsighted to ignore Ports Collection, which is FreeBSD’s answer to software […]

How to Close and Open Ports with iptables

Linux dedicated servers typically rely a software firewall system called iptables. With it you can control which ports allow inbound and/or outbound access. It is very important to have iptables configured properly, both for your server’s functionality and for its security.
There are many tools, both command-line based and web-based that allow you to […]

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 […]