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 […]

An Introduction to Web Servers: Part 1

Once you have chosen an operating system, setup some basic security, and decided on a web-based control panel, you will need to decide what software you will run on your server. Some control panels will install your software for you, but it may be worth it to choose one that is right for your […]

Encrypt Your Linux Server Filesystem with eCryptfs

Encryption has become a highly requested feature on the web lately with all of the talk of government spying, heartbleed and general security concerns. While most discussion has centered around encrypting the transport of data (via SSL), you might also want your data encrypted on disk as well. On a Linux-based server, you can encrypt […]

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 […]

Network Terminology You Should Know

As you delve into the world of dedicated servers, you will encounter a mountain of terminology. You might already be familiar with some, but others may leave you scratching your head. The following network terms are frequently used in all types of networking and also in web hosting in particular.
TCP – Transmission Control Protocol or […]

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 […]

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.  The benefits aside, however, you should also […]

How Many IP Addresses Do I Need?

As you may have heard, there are a finite number of IP addresses available to Internet Service Providers (ISP). Once they are all used up, the only way to get more is to reassign them. In technical terms, the limited number of IP addresses refers to the IPv4 address space, while there is […]

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 […]

Common Extra Dedicated Server Features

When you lease an unmanaged dedicated server, it is almost like purchasing a bare-bones computer. You will get many of the essentials like the necessary hardware, operating system, and even the network connection, but often you will not get much else. Depending on the web host, you will need to install extra software […]

Does the World Trust Your Website?

How do you make the world trust your website? OK, yours is an organization of repute, but that is not enough for people to trust your website. Why? Well, there are chances that information to and from the website might get intercepted during transmission. So, you have got to ensure that such interceptions never happen. […]

Making Your Business Website Secure

Establishing trust is a huge task, both in the real world and the virtual one. You can do good business if you establish that the information that passes your hands will remain secure. You make your goodwill with trust. Now, if you own a business website, you have to assure the people who access it […]

Is Your Website Secure and Certified?

SSL is, to an extent, an obsolete term. There is another acronym doing the rounds in the technological circles. It’s TLS or Transport Layer Security. Before I talk about TLS, let me tell you what SSL is. SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer, a protocol that ensures that the transactions between a browser and your […]

Using SSL Certification To Secure Your Server

One of the most important server configuration protocols for any business is the SSL Certification. This is an Apache security certification option that allows businesses to secure their information from snoops trying to sneak into the server area to steal or access sensitive data. You don’t want to configure your server without it.
On the initial […]