What should I change on the DirectAdmin control panel to make my server more secure?

harrygreen90

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In the ever-evolving digital landscape, the security of our servers remains a top priority. I've embarked on the journey of managing my own server, choosing DirectAdmin for its combination of robust features and intuitive management interface. While DirectAdmin has been a capable ally in server administration, I'm conscious of the fact that its default configuration may not be the bastion of security I'm striving for.

The sophistication of cyber threats continues to grow, compelling me to scrutinize and refine my DirectAdmin settings to enhance server defense mechanisms. As a novice in the realm of server administration, the plethora of configuration options and best practices can seem daunting. Determining the most impactful modifications to ensure the security of my server is a challenge I'm currently facing.

I'm turning to you, the experienced and knowledgeable members of this community, for your insights and advice on fortifying a server managed with DirectAdmin. Your expertise in navigating the complexities of server security is invaluable to someone like me, who is keen on learning and applying these critical adjustments.

Please share What should I change on the DirectAdmin control panel to make my server more secure?

Your recommendations and guidance will not only bolster my server's security posture but also contribute to the collective knowledge of our community, empowering us to defend against the myriad of cyber threats we face.

Thank you for sharing your wisdom and experience. I look forward to your suggestions and advice.
 

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To make your server more secure using the DirectAdmin control panel, I suggest you do this:
First, turn on two-factor authentication for logging in, so nobody can access your account without a special code.
Then, change your password settings to use stronger encryption that's harder to crack.
Disable any old insecure services you don't really need, like Telnet. Check the firewall settings and block any unnecessary open ports.
Also, make sure to regularly update DirectAdmin itself along with software like Apache and PHP to the latest secure versions using the built-in updater.
Run the Security Advisor tool to automatically find and fix security holes.
Lastly, restrict control panel access so only trusted computers can log in. Do all these things in DirectAdmin, and your server will be much safer from hackers and attacks.

Hope this helps.
 

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Protect your devices like you would your home with a sturdy lock. Enable firewall protection to keep out unwanted visitors and block any suspicious activity.
Keep your software up-to-date just like you would your car maintenance. Regular updates and patches help to fix any weak spots that hackers could exploit.
Create strong passwords and add extra layers of security like two-factor authentication to keep your personal information safe. It's like adding an extra lock to your front door for added peace of mind.
 

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To bolster server security via DirectAdmin, activate a firewall like CSF, maintain software updates, and deploy ModSecurity for web attack prevention. Enforce strong passwords and implement two-factor authentication. Regularly monitor server logs for anomalies to swiftly address potential threats and maintain a robust security posture.
 

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In the ever-evolving digital landscape, the security of our servers remains a top priority. I've embarked on the journey of managing my own server, choosing DirectAdmin for its combination of robust features and intuitive management interface. While DirectAdmin has been a capable ally in server administration, I'm conscious of the fact that its default configuration may not be the bastion of security I'm striving for.

The sophistication of cyber threats continues to grow, compelling me to scrutinize and refine my DirectAdmin settings to enhance server defense mechanisms. As a novice in the realm of server administration, the plethora of configuration options and best practices can seem daunting. Determining the most impactful modifications to ensure the security of my server is a challenge I'm currently facing.

I'm turning to you, the experienced and knowledgeable members of this community, for your insights and advice on fortifying a server managed with DirectAdmin. Your expertise in navigating the complexities of server security is invaluable to someone like me, who is keen on learning and applying these critical adjustments.

Please share What should I change on the DirectAdmin control panel to make my server more secure?

Your recommendations and guidance will not only bolster my server's security posture but also contribute to the collective knowledge of our community, empowering us to defend against the myriad of cyber threats we face.

Thank you for sharing your wisdom and experience. I look forward to your suggestions and advice.
Utilize a firewall like CSF to further protect your server from unauthorized access attempts.
 

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Improving the security of your DirectAdmin control panel involves implementing various measures to protect your server from potential threats. Here are some recommendations to enhance the security of your DirectAdmin control panel:
  1. Regular Updates
  2. Strong Passwords
  3. Firewall Configuration
  4. SSH Hardening
  5. SSL/TLS Encryption
  6. Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)
  7. Backup Configuration
  8. Directory Permissions
  9. Brute Force Protection
  10. Security Plugins
  11. Monitoring and Logging
  12. Regular Audits
By implementing these security measures, you can enhance the security posture of your DirectAdmin control panel and better protect your server from potential security threats.

Official DirectAdmin Doc:
 

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It doesn't end with DA. It may start there, but it certainly doesn't end there. Here's what I do to servers, before DA is even there
  1. CSF is a must
  2. Duo Login for SSH is a must (protect those ssh accounts)
  3. Lock down ssh
    change port
    change root login to without-password (force keys)
    remove global password logins
  4. setup root forwarder for logging stuff
That's just me tho :)
 

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Diving into server management is quite the adventure, isn't it? DirectAdmin is a solid choice, but you're right to think about beefing up security. So, here's the lowdown: make sure you're not lagging on updates, as those patches can be lifesavers against new threats. Switch up those passwords to something super strong and consider using SSH keys to keep things even tighter.

Have you checked out CSF (ConfigServer Security & Firewall)? It's a crowd favorite for DirectAdmin and does a bang-up job at keeping the nasties out. Slapping on SSL certificates, especially the free ones from Let's Encrypt, is like adding a sturdy lock to your data doors.

ModSecurity is another ace to have up your sleeve—it's like having a bouncer at your website's entrance. And don't forget to turn off any services you're not using; no point in leaving open doors for troublemakers, right?

Oh, and back up, back up, back up! Because even with all the precautions, things can go south, and you'll want that safety net.

Take it step by step, and you'll get the hang of it. It's all about making your server a tough nut to crack while keeping the goodies inside safe and sound. Good luck! :)
 

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Have you checked out CSF (ConfigServer Security & Firewall)? It's a crowd favorite for DirectAdmin and does a bang-up job at keeping the nasties out. Slapping on SSL certificates, especially the free ones from Let's Encrypt, is like adding a sturdy lock to your data doors.
I agree with you on this, this is a must have to have on servers, not only directadmin, it is very effective to secure our servers from attacks.
 
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