Securing Your Windows Cloud Server

Aidan | Security | 11 April

As revolutionary and Cost effective as Cloud Hosting now is, the fundamentals of server management remain very much the same, meaning security is still a hugely important part of managing your server.

In this post we can going to look at some simple security steps that we recommend to all customers who deploy windows machines on our cloud platforms.

1) Install a good Antivirus, e.g. ESET NOD32, AVG, Kaspersky, AVAST.

2) Configure your firewall to only what you need, e.g. Disable all un-needed Incoming Rules

3) Lock down certain Services to YOUR IP. Within your advanced firewall settings, doubleclick your inbound rule for RDP (port 3389), click scope and add your IP address into the "Remote IP Address" section.

4) Turn off Auto-Update. Update manually regularly, and be sure that hotfixes/security patches will work with the software you are running

5) Take regular backups before running the lastest update, so you can easily roll back if it breaks something..

Feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments below and i will add to the list.

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