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    Is this a small scale spam/hack attempt?

    Daniel - that's really great information to have. The setting you've described is exactly what I was looking for!
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    Is this a small scale spam/hack attempt?

    Thanks Daniel. It sounds like it's nothing to be overly concerned about. One thing I am curious to know: If a hacker was to compromise an smtp account, is there any way of me knowing? I guess I'm thinking of some sort of warning when too many emails are sent per hour or something? (Knowing WHM...
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    Is this a small scale spam/hack attempt?

    I'm sure that like everyone else running WHM I get a cPHulk email every day or so informing me that an IP address has been blocked due to too many failed SMTP login attempts. But today these emails are arriving about every 10 minutes, each time originating from a different IP range/country...
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    suPHP vs FastCGI on dedicated sharing WordPress hosting

    I can't speak for FastCGI vs suPHP (I've only used suPHP), but if you decide to stick with suPHP you can still improve performance for a WP site using W3 Total Cache, if you're not already doing so. It's probably not as fast as using a PHP opcode cache, but in test results I've seen, caching...
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    Are altered RPMs a bad thing???? (yep... me again...)

    You'd need to SSH to the server using an SSH client such as PuTTy or OS X Terminal. But if you're not sure how to do that, it's probably best to just wait for your cPanel to auto update to 11.40.1.5 which will fix the problem by itself. Or, ask Knownhost support for run the fix for you, like...
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    off site backups?

    I agree that Amazon's range of services can be confusing, but I have set up an S3 bucket for backing up one of my Wordpress sites, and it was quite painless. There are a number of WP backup plugins that will do automatic scheduled backups to S3 and other cloud file storage services (Rackspace...
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    Moving Wordpress From Local Development server to my VPS

    I'm unsure what specific problems you're having, but in case it's helpful, I always rely on the WP Migrate DB plugin for Wordpress when migrating a DB from local -> live or vice versa. I have the pro version, but from memory the free version is quite adequate too. What the plugin does is allow...
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    How to configure slave DNS and vanity nameservers on Zerigo

    I recently set up secondary DNS with DNS Made Easy and found your instructions very helpful. When editing named.conf I also added the line: also-notify { x.x.x.x; x.x.x.x; }; Where x.x.x.x represents an DNS Made Easy IP address to be notified each time a zone file is changed. These are the...
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    Are altered RPMs a bad thing???? (yep... me again...)

    You need to SSH to your server and execute the fix from the command line (e.g. using an SSH client such as PuTTy or iTerm, or OS X Terminal). I think it is possible to run shell commands from WHM using the ConfigServer Explorer plugin, which came preinstalled on my KnownHost VPS, but is not...
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    Are altered RPMs a bad thing???? (yep... me again...)

    I got that email too. You can find more about this on the cPanel forums. http://forums.cpanel.net/f185/case-84937-altered-rpm-found-my-server-378771.html It sounds like it's nothing serious, and running the check_cpanel_rpms --fix command (as sudo) from the email should fix the problem. At...
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    DDoS protection

    Thanks Dan. It sounds as if taking special measures to mitigate DDoS at the VPS level is somewhat ineffectual, and really needs to happen at the web host or data centre level? I suspect I'm overthinking something that isn't really a problem, or at least not one I can do much about!
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    DDoS protection

    As a VPS noob, I'm wondering if it's worthwhile installing some sort of protection against DDoS attacks. I'm not aware of any of my sites or my client's sites having been the target of an attack before, but there's a first time for everything! My questions are: - Do other KH customers run...
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    Free ASL Delayed ModSecurity Rules are no longer

    No need to apologise! It's good to know that other people are using the CRS, since most of the advise online revolves around the Atomicorp rules, but since my server is currently for non-commercial sites I don't relish paying $100 a year for a subscription. I've installed the rule set, so now...
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    Free ASL Delayed ModSecurity Rules are no longer

    @Dan When you say the core rule set, do you mean the OWASP rules? I'm configuring modsec for the first time and since the gotroot/Atomicorp free rules set has been discontinued OWASP's CRS seems like the only free option.
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    Apache error after updating to WHM 11.40

    Thanks for this info! I ran into the same error when using WHM's Include Editor (Service configuration > Apache configuration > Include editor).
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