ModSecurity is a plugin for Apache web servers that acts as a web app layer firewall. It is employed to stop attacks toward script-driven sites by employing security rules which contain particular expressions. This way, the firewall can stop hacking and spamming attempts and protect even Internet sites which are not updated frequently. For example, a number of failed login attempts to a script admin area or attempts to execute a certain file with the intention to get access to the script shall trigger particular rules, so ModSecurity will block out these activities the minute it discovers them. The firewall is quite efficient as it tracks the entire HTTP traffic to an Internet site in real time without slowing it down, so it will be able to prevent an attack before any harm is done. It also maintains a very comprehensive log of all attack attempts which features more information than conventional Apache logs, so you can later examine the data and take further measures to improve the security of your websites if necessary.

ModSecurity in Web Hosting

ModSecurity comes standard with all web hosting packages which we supply and it'll be switched on automatically for any domain or subdomain which you add/create in your Hepsia hosting Control Panel. The firewall has 3 different modes, so you can switch on and deactivate it with a mouse click or set it to detection mode, so it'll maintain a log of all attacks, but it will not do anything to stop them. The log for any of your websites shall contain detailed information such as the nature of the attack, where it came from, what action was taken by ModSecurity, and so on. The firewall rules which we use are regularly updated and include both commercial ones we get from a third-party security company and custom ones our system admins include in case that they detect a new kind of attacks. In this way, the sites that you host here shall be far more secure without any action needed on your end.

ModSecurity in Semi-dedicated Servers

ModSecurity is part of our semi-dedicated server packages and if you decide to host your websites with us, there won't be anything special you'll need to do given that the firewall is activated by default for all domains and subdomains you add using your hosting Control Panel. If required, you'll be able to disable ModSecurity for a given site or switch on the so-called detection mode in which case the firewall will still work and record info, but won't do anything to stop possible attacks on your websites. Detailed logs shall be available within your Control Panel and you'll be able to see which kind of attacks took place, what security rules were triggered and how the firewall addressed the threats, what Internet protocol addresses the attacks originated from, and so on. We use two types of rules on our servers - commercial ones from an organization that operates in the field of web security, and customized ones which our administrators sometimes add to respond to newly identified risks on time.

ModSecurity in VPS Servers

ModSecurity is included with all Hepsia-based VPS servers which we offer and it shall be activated automatically for any new domain or subdomain you include on the machine. That way, any web app which you install shall be secured right away without doing anything by hand on your end. The firewall can be handled via the section of the CP which has the same name. This is the area in whichyou'll be able to switch off ModSecurity or let its passive mode, so it won't take any action towards threats, but shall still maintain a thorough log. The recorded data is available in the same area as well and you'll be able to see what IPs any attacks came from to enable you to stop them, what the nature of the attempted attacks was and in accordance with what security rules ModSecurity reacted. The rules we employ on our servers are a mixture between commercial ones we obtain from a security organization and custom ones that are added by our staff to optimize the protection of any web applications hosted on our end.

ModSecurity in Dedicated Servers

When you decide to host your sites on a dedicated server with the Hepsia Control Panel, your web applications will be secured right away because ModSecurity is available with all Hepsia-based plans. You'll be able to control the firewall without difficulty and if necessary, you'll be able to turn it off or switch on its passive mode when it shall only keep a log of what is going on without taking any action to prevent potential attacks. The logs that you'll find inside the very same section of the Control Panel are incredibly detailed and contain data about the attacker IP address, what site and file were attacked and in what ways, what rule the firewall used to stop the intrusion, etc. This data will allow you to take measures and increase the security of your sites even more. To be on the safe side, we use not only commercial rules, but also custom-made ones which our admins include when they recognize attacks that haven't yet been included within the commercial pack.