As you’ve probably noticed for some time, hackers are everywhere in the news. Did you know that even you are at risk of being hacked? But why would a hacker be interested in hacking your mere hosting? Here are some reasons:
Using your hosting to send spam;
Using your hosting as a virus distribution tool
For the simple pleasure of doing it;
To create phishing pages;
Use your hosting to attack another site (DOS attack).
Although our servers are at the leading edge of security technology, this is not an assurance that you will not be hacked. You must also ensure that certain conditions are met to maximize safety. Here’s what we recommend to our customers to reduce the risk of hacking.
- Regularly update all CMS of your hosting as well as modules/plug-ins/extension;
- Check regularly that there is no malicious code on your FTP (look at the modification dates);
- Change cPanel / MySQL / Emails passwords frequently with an 18-character password including special characters;
- Be careful how you store your passwords. It is good not to keep passwords in your emails;
- Pay attention to who you give your passwords;
- Run the anti-virus (Virus Scanner) from cPanel monthly on your entire hosting and delete the infected files;
- Enable SpamAssassin in your cPanel to limit the number of unwanted emails at the front desk;
- For people who own a HybridCloud or reseller account, do not put multiple sites in domain companions on an accommodation, opt for several cPanel account;
- When logging in to your cPanel account use port 2083 (yourdomainname.ext / cPanel) instead of port 2082;
- When connecting to your WHM use port 2087 (yourdomainname.ext / whm), rather than port 2086;
- Secure your CMS management consoles by installing security modules, for example: captcha or anti-brute-force protection or protect its access by a file. htaccess;
- Please note that if PlanetHoster attempts to contact you by email to ask for your password, it is your responsibility to make sure that it is a member of the PlanetHoster team. You can be sure by contacting us directly https://www.planethoster.net/en/Contact (in any case PlanetHoster will not contact you to ask for your password via LiveChat or phone)
- Never use an easy-to-find username for your admin consoles like Admin, root, or your name.