Securing Your Website

Greetings FlockHosters! One of the common questions that come through lately is “How do I secure my website?” so let’s dive into some options on how you can better secure your website and access to it!

Let’s Encrypt SSL

Off that bat let’s add a padlock to your website, and let’s do it for free. Yes free.

I have mentioned Let’s Encrypt certificates on the blog a few times, we are actually listed on Let’s Encrypt’s site as a provider (We are famous!) however not until the new build of the site will it be listed as a feature, but it is active on all accounts now. How do you enable it? Well good news, there’s a new video for that:

 

So it’s that easy! Still, if you have a question on adding this, don’t hesitate to ask for more help! But if you just walked through this – your site is a bit more secure now you are using SSL based content! If you are using WordPress and want to make the entire site over to SSL, just try the Really Simply SSL Plugin a great plugin to make all of your content SSL based. If you are getting some content that is not all going SSL try Why No Padlock – A great site to diagnose what’s not entirely secure.

Site File Management

Now if you are familiar with cPanel you’ll know there is a web based file manager but for most of you, it’s using FTP. Be it FileZilla, CuteFTP, SmartFTP, Transmit, Cyberduck you can quickly and easily migrate to the SSL version of communication so your content isn’t flowing over plain text. How do you do this? Look for an SSL option for starters, for most this should work just fine, however, if you hit any snags it will become a little bit easier this month using SSH Keys & SFTP – I’ll have a full guide on this walking you through it on Windows and Mac.

Now if you are using a CMS for site management, please make sure you use a plugin or adjust your configuration over to SSL as well so the easy option is in your site configuration where it lists your URL, likely something similar to this:

Site URL: http://mywebsite.com

Simply change it to:

Site URL: https://mywebsite.com

A lot of difference a simple S can do 🙂 This will force most of the common URL’s for your site to using the SSL login for your administration and keep things you do from writing an article to logging in all done over a secure connection.

Login Smart

If you are on a connection at your favorite local spot (I’d say the coffee shop, but honestly just about anywhere – McDonald’s, for instance, has access!) be sure you are logging in securely and your connection is secure!

If you are a Chrome User, I highly suggest checking out some of these options may offer a free browsing security, there are commercial options out there too like Private Internet Access which offer some great features for when you are browsing in less than safe options.

If you want to, however, have a browser set aside for secure browsing, Opera has you covered and even has an Android App & iOS App to secure your mobile devices too!

Auditing Security

Now last on my list is auditing. Your site may not be the first thing in your mind on a day to day basis, but to hackers and bots it’s a spot it can get its grubby little fingers into and do some damage, so why not set up a bit of free auditing on your site for some of the most common issues by using Gravity Scan.

Gravity Scan is a great app which you don’t even have to install anything on your site to get a scan! In a few minutes, it will scan and review all your visible URL’s and give you a run down if it finds anything.

Now if you want it to go deeper, it provides a single PHP file for you to download, then upload into the main folder of your website and it will deep scan, every file & folder gets a once over – now as you can see here on the blog on the right-hand side – I’ve got mine scanning daily and as proof of security it shows up with the last date things were scanned.

 

And that’s it!

While this isn’t maybe the most comprehensive article that could be written and fine tuning system security, etc. it will help get your feet wet! If you have any questions beyond what is covered here please do not hesitate to reach out! Here to help!

FlockUpdate for June 2017

Show Notes:

  • Jonah Swap – Getting Sorted! New Server is being spec’d out, lots of storage in the works!
  • New Servers – On Hold – Improved configuration handling the load better than expected!
  • New FlockHosting – Launching Monday! (I Hope and Pray!)
  • Some New Gear – Coming Soon! Already have Shirts, Mugs, Bags and Posters test runs ordered! They look great so far!
  • Patreon Page Live. Would love your support in helping Grow Church Hosting!
  • Did you want some of the new gear? Leave a comment! If there is a big demand I’ll happily get more made, all proceeds would goto Church Hosting!

FlockUpdate for May 2017

Show Notes:

  • 15 Year Celebration was Awesome! Thanks! Looking for the winners? Scroll past the show notes!
  • New Live Chat – Need to talk? Get in touch!
  • New Status Page – It’s now linked in the Customer Zone, replacing the old network status page.
  • Jonah Migration Coming Soon!
  • New Products
  • Summer Break is Here! Update your profile and add contacts! (Quick Video Coming Soon)
  • New FlockHosting getting closer!

The Winners Are:

Here they are! Get in touch to claim your prize! Just shoot me an email or use any of the methods in the communicate page! Final day to claim your prize is June 30th, and prizes will go out by end of July!

  • Google Home – Katie A. – Burbank, CA
  • Amazon Echo Dot – Chris M. – Burbank, CA
  • Video Projector Setup (Projector + Chromecast) – Terrence F. – Byron, MN
  • $5 Starbucks Gift Cards – Brenten G. – Gainesville, VA
  • $5 Starbucks Gift Cards – Dell L. – Katy, TX
  • $5 Starbucks Gift Cards – Karen P. – Langhorne, PA
  • $5 Amazon Gift Cards – Bonnie H. – Versailles, KY
  • $5 Amazon Gift Cards – Victoria M. – Grove City, OH
  • $5 Amazon Gift Cards – Cheri F. – Grand Rapids, MI
  • $5 Redbox Gift Cards – Thomas S. – Mount Joy, PA
  • $5 Redbox Gift Cards – Francois G. – Orangeville, ON (CA)
  • $5 Redbox Gift Cards – Joseph M. – Broomfield, CO
  • 15 Years Hosting – Ron K. – Eureka, MO

And if you have made it this far just a heads up – there are still Founders Club Spots left! 😀

Have a great rest of May! Talk to you in June!

FlockUpdate for April 2017

Show Notes:

  • Busy Busy Busy Busy Month!
  • Migrations Completed – How do I tell you about migrations? Text? Email? Newsletter? Smoke Signals?
  • Outages – Not fun, but things have stabilized! Unsure of server statuses? View the status of servers Here.
  • FlockHosting.com – New site soon! Latest before the end of May.
  • PayPal Fixed – If you still show outstanding invoices you paid, please open a ticket and let me know the transaction number and I’ll get you squared away.
  • New Software – CacheWall caching, and SiteMush now installed and active on your cPanel login, take a look!
  • 15 Years of FlockHosting
    • Some Giveaway information on Wednesday.
    • Founders Club – 3 Spots open – $200 for a single hosting package which is LIFETIME hosting. Last time this will EVER be offered!
    • Google Home, Amazon Alexa, Starbucks Gift Cards, etc. keep an eye out!
  • Need time with me? Video Conference or Just a call? You can now schedule some time. You can find this on the Communicate Page too!
  • Have a great last week of April! Till next month! Have a good one!

FlockUpdate for February 2017

Show Notes