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If, like me, you've got a scrappy Linux host lying around to run a few websites you're probably interested in taking its security up a notch from the standard install. Assuming you're running the highly common apache2 and iptables, see the links below for some surprisingly straightforward configuration tweaks to improve the security of your webserver. Add HTTPS with Let's Encrypt If it's been a while since you've looked into certificates, you may be surprised to learn you can get them for free from Let's Encrypt. There are many guides around, but it is well and truly time to join the HTTPS-only movement: https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-secure-apache-with-let-s-encrypt-on-ubuntu-18-04 SSH Cipher gardening You're probably already using SSH keys, have disabled password login and are using denyhosts or failtoban. However, have you ever considered reducing the number of ciphers your server accepts to just the most secure? Te