What do you do when you first received your hosting with Plesk or cPanel? It is common for you to set up a user account and uploads a website. I’m sure you do that. It’s nothing wrong if you are a shared hosting user. Actually, you are a tenant, is using part of the control panel, not the entire server.
However, things are different on a VPS and dedicated server. But most times, I’m still seeing the client neglected some of the settings I’m going to mention later.
Since VPS and the dedicated server is entire own by you, so as well the control panel if you are using Plesk or cPanel. The settings you will be doing it in prior to setting up your websites. Please take mote cPanel known as WHM for the server administrator, the root user.
a. Whether you are using WHM (cPanel) or Plesk Onyx, update your admin & root user’s default password. Do not use the default password.
b. Check the server hostname, make sure they are resolvable and PTR (rDNS) is set up.
c. Server time is correct where it is tallied to your time zone.
d. Your update is turned on and its frequency.
e. The RBL on your email service for anti-spam filtering.
f. Mod_security is switched on.
g, The strength of the password is set to ‘strong’ or above.
h. Monitor the space left on this server.
Actually, there are other things you might consider to go through and set them up. However, the above is the important task I suggest you do prior to start using your server.