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Server security, Antivirus, and Malware protection

Here are some key points and suggestions explaining why you may not need to install malware or antivirus software on your VPS:

Built-in Firewall:

Windows Server comes with a reliable built-in firewall that is both lightweight and effective in protecting your system.

Resource Impact:

While clients are allowed to install their antivirus software, doing so can consume valuable system resources and slow down the VPS as it continuously scans data in real-time.

Avoid Heavy Security Suites:

It's advisable to steer clear of heavy security suites like Norton, as they are known for being resource-intensive and can significantly degrade server performance. Additionally, they may block the remote desktop port, which could require support intervention to resolve.

Strong Passwords:

The first line of defense for VPS security is a robust password. It's recommended to use passwords that are 16 characters or longer, featuring a combination of alphanumeric characters, mixed capitalization, symbols, and avoiding common dictionary words. Clients can benefit from password managers like Chrome, 1Password, or LastPass to securely store and manage passwords, eliminating the need for memorization.

Custom Remote Desktop Ports:

For added security, clients can request a non-standard remote desktop port at no extra cost. However, they should be prepared to specify this port number when logging onto the server, enhancing security.

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA):

Enabling MFA provides an additional layer of security, requiring users to provide multiple forms of identification before gaining access to the server, further strengthening protection.

Avoid Risky Activities:

To minimize the risk of malware and intrusion, it's wise to avoid downloading files, accessing email, or browsing the internet while inside your VPS. These activities can expose the server to various threats such as worms, trojans, adware, and more.

By following these tips and considerations, you can maintain a secure VPS environment without the need for resource-intensive antivirus software while also reducing the risk of security breaches.

Updated on: 13/09/2023

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