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  1. #1

    ServInt VPS security

    Hi all

    We're close to choosing a ServInt VPS package but would appreciate pointers from anyone having firsthand experience with them.

    For a new ServInt VPS account:

    (1) is it already reasonably secure with (software) firewall, etc pre-installed/configured by ServInt staff?

    (2) If not, is ServInt prepared to secure the VPS at a client's request, free of charge?

    (3) Alternatively, is the server itself on which VPS accounts are hosted already secured, making question (1) less relevant?

    Any feedback would be much appreciated.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Orange County, CA
    You might try writing to them and asking these questions. They would know the answers to them for sure, and you would not be relying on what someone else says.

    I think it is always better to get answers to questions like these from the company itself.
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  3. #3
    Thanks, miakeru.

    We've written to ServInt and are awaiting their reply. However, given the many posts about ServInt we've read on WHT, we'd like to additionally obtain some feedback on this specific security issue from existing customers, if possible.


  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Rochester, NY
    Hi host1515,

    I've only been with ServInt for a few days, and this is my first time with anything greater than a reseller take the following knowing that I'm a newb

    I would answer your questions as:
    (1) no
    (2) yes
    (3) yes

    A software firewall like APF is not preinstalled on VPS accounts, primarily because, as I understand it, it is not completely compatible with the VPS kernel (ServInt uses Virtuozzo to power their VPSs). However, APF will work, just certain parts of it won't. I had, in fact, tried to install APF soon after I got my VPS account only to run in to some errors. I then visited ServInt's forums, found detailed discussions about using firewalls with a VPS, followed the NOC's instructions for installing APF, and had it up and running in minutes.

    Reed, the founder of ServInt, will be the first to tell you that a firewall isn't required for a secure server...but he'll also be the first to help you in setting one up.

    I'm sure you'll get a more detailed and accurate response from ServInt, but there's my $.02.

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