cPHulk vs. CSF - which one is better?

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All the time when I was installing WHM/cPanel at first steps, it recommended me to install and configure cPHulk but I am wondering why that is not CSF, is cPHulk better than CSF? or what is the difference between cPHulk and CSF? does any one explain me?
 

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Hi Chris,

cPHulk is only Brute Force detection/failed login blocking, CSF includes a lot more features such as DDOS protection and is far more configurable.
You can run both side by side for an additional layer or security but if your serious about security I would go with CSF.
 

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All the time when I was installing WHM/cPanel at first steps, it recommended me to install and configure cPHulk but I am wondering why that is not CSF, is cPHulk better than CSF? or what is the difference between cPHulk and CSF? does any one explain me?
CSF is a full fledged software firewall that is a wrapper to iptables. cPHulk isn't :)

Use both or at least CSF :)
 

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All the time when I was installing WHM/cPanel at first steps, it recommended me to install and configure cPHulk but I am wondering why that is not CSF, is cPHulk better than CSF? or what is the difference between cPHulk and CSF? does any one explain me?

Hello Chris Worner,

There are several factors to consider when choosing between cPHulk and CSF. Here are some key considerations:-

Ease of use: cPHulk is widely considered easier to use than CSF, making it a good choice for those unfamiliar with complex security configurations.
Functionality: CSF offers a more comprehensive set of features than cPHulk, including the ability to block specific IP addresses, monitor traffic and bandwidth usage, and more.
Security features: Both cPHulk and CSF offer a range of security features, but CSF offers more advanced options.
Cost: cPHulk is the cheaper option of the two.
Compatibility: CSF is compatible with more servers and software than cPHulk.
Support: Both cPHulk and CSF offer excellent support, but CSF's support is more comprehensive.
Pricing: CSF is a free, open-source solution, while cPHulk is a paid solution.
Support: cPHulk comes with 24/7 support from cPanel, while CSF does not offer direct support.

However, there are many online resources available for troubleshooting CSF issues. In general, both cPHulk and CSF are good choices for website security. cPHulk is a brute force protection system that comes pre-installed on all cPanel servers. It works by blocking IP addresses that have been involved in too many failed login attempts. It can be effective at stopping brute force attacks, but it can also block legitimate users if they accidentally enter their password wrong too many times.

CSF is a firewall that you can install on your server. It's available for both Linux and Windows servers. CSF can block malicious traffic before it even reaches your website. It also includes several other security features, such as rate limiting and intrusion detection. So, which one is better? It really depends on your needs. If you're looking for something quick and easy to set up, cPHulk might be a good option. However, if you want more comprehensive protection, CSF is worth considering.

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I don't know which is better but I used csf on directadmin and cphulk on cPanel and both worked pretty good. I think they are necessary for secure our servers.
 
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