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Generating and Using SSH Keys, Part 2

Tags: , , , , , Date/Time: September 19, 2020 @ 5:00 am, by raindog308

In the previous tutorial, we showed you how to generate an SSH key pair.  In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to use it to login. Assumptions In this tutorial: Your ssh key file is called “my-ssh-key”. The server is “myserver.example.com” and your user account there is “example”. SSH is running on port 22, the […]

Using Google Authenticator for SSH and Console Connections to Your VPS

Tags: , , , Date/Time: August 22, 2020 @ 4:52 am, by raindog308

In this tutorial, we’re going to show you how to setup your VPS to use two-factor authentication for both normal SSH connections and console logins with Google Authenticator. What is Two-Factor Authentication? “One factor” authentication is either “something you know” or “something you have”. For example, logging in with a password is “something you know” […]

Catching Intruders With a Trip Wire: The AIDE Package

Tags: , , , Date/Time: August 20, 2020 @ 9:55 am, by raindog308

Your Linux VPS lives in a hostile, dangerous world: the Internet.  Left unsecured, your system is vulnerable to compromise, which can result in lost data, incurred charges, and general unpleasantness.  You should take every precaution to secure your system, but…how will you know if someone slips through?  Blissful ignorance is dangerous. Intrusion detection systems (IDS) […]

Protect Your VPS With an Electronic Pitbull: Active Firewalls

Tags: , , , , Date/Time: August 1, 2020 @ 9:53 am, by raindog308

A firewall is a security tool that blocks network traffic, with many different configuration options.  For example, you could configure your firewall to block all traffic except attempts to connect to port 80 and 443 (for a web server) as well as your ssh port.  This is an example of the best practice of “blocking […]

Community News: WireGuard-install released for easy VPN setup and configuration

In May we asked our readers and community members to submit note worthy news that can be featured on LowEndBox. We got tons of feedback and we’re excited to start sharing all the news over the next couple months (and hopefully longer). Today we are thrilled to be able to share our first community news […]

Setup SSH Keys on Ubuntu 18.04

Tags: , , Date/Time: May 13, 2019 @ 1:43 pm, by Sean Richards

Who should read this? This tutorial is for novice to intermediate linux users who want to go beyond basic password security.  Security professionals recommend using ssh keys to make authentication into ssh sessions faster, easier and more secure.   As passwords become longer and more complex they become more difficult to use and manage. Key based […]

How to setup OpenVPN on your VPS: Ubuntu 18.04

Tags: , , , , Date/Time: April 25, 2019 @ 5:53 pm, by Sean Richards

Who should read this tutorial:   This tutorial is written for novice level Linux users and DevOps folks who need to add encryption to their internet traffic.  A virtual private network (an encrypted network over the public internet) to access specific networks or services from the outside is the way to go.   What are […]

Hardening the Security on your New Virtual Private Server

Tags: , , , Date/Time: November 1, 2016 @ 7:50 am, by Jon Biloh

Hardening the security on your VPS should be one of the first tasks you perform when buying a new VPS. As a result, we’ve provided several tips that will help you increase the security on your VPS. When you buy a VPS, your provider will likely send you a default root password for your server. […]

How to Harden the Security of MySQL on your VPS

Tags: , , Date/Time: October 22, 2016 @ 8:29 am, by Jon Biloh

Security is a critical component of any database application. Did you know that a default MySQL installation can leave your database vulnerable to cyber threats? There several different implementations of the SQL database available on Linux and UNIX systems. MySQL and MariaDB are the most popular options for deploying relational databases in server environments. In […]

How to Configure Ubuntu VPS for Automatic Security Updates

Tags: , , , , , Date/Time: February 27, 2016 @ 6:56 pm, by Jarland Donnell

Security risks are discovered each and every day. How can you know that your VPS is protected against the latest threats? One of the best methods of keeping your server safe is to implement automatic updates within Ubuntu. At first glance, this could seem like a difficult task. If you have several virtual private servers […]

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