Enhance your site security with Plesk

Increased site security with the Plesk 12 Security Core

The new Security Core in Plesk 12 combines ModSecurity and Fail2Ban with Outbound Antispam and ServerShield™ tools allowing you to deliver server-to-site security out of the box.

With the Plesk 12 Security Core on your servers you get:

  • Secure servers that protect against persistent attacks targeting known or newly discovered vulnerabilities
  • Increased uptime as malicious attacks against your servers are automatically blocked in real time
  • Cleaner IP addresses with outgoing spam protection preventing your servers from being blacklisted
  • Faster site performance and bandwidth savings with next generation CDN

All security components work together leading to a more reliable infrastructure.

About ModSecurity

ModSecurity is a web application firewall (WAF) designed to help detect and prevent common attacks on web sites and web applications.

Odin partnered with the industry experts at Atomicorp to integrate their premium ModSecurity rules into all Plesk 12 editions. Atomicorp’s ModSecurity rules are the oldest, largest, and most widely utilized commercial ModSecurity rules in the industry.

Note: ModSecurity is supported on the Linux OS only. Support for the Windows OS will be added as soon as ModSecurity is supported for IIS by their developers respectively.

About Fail2Ban

Fail2Ban is a service that scans log files and bans IP addresses that exhibit malicious behaviors.

About Outbound Antispam

Outbound Antispam protects server IP addresses from being blacklisted due to outgoing spam.

About ServerShield™

Odin partnered with CloudFlare to build ServerShield™, a complete security solution that enables server administrators and websites owners to protect and speed up any website with just a few clicks. ServerShield helps to block hackers, spammers, botnets, and DDoS attacks. In addition, it offers free and unlimited reputation monitoring by StopTheHacker. End-customers also get CloudFlare’s next generation CDN, which brings content closer and faster to visitors where on average, a website on CloudFlare loads twice as fast and saves 60% of bandwidth. No configuration or setup is needed.

Getting started with hosting

Getting started with your new hosting service can be overwhelming and sometimes frustrating, learning how everything works. To make it easier we have a set of tutorial videos to get you started.


Quickly learn how to accomplish the most common tasks with Plesk tutorial videos. These videos are conveniently included within Plesk, so users can easily get the help they need.

Changing the Login Password

Learn how to change the password that you use to log in to Plesk.

Changing Subscription Password

Learn how to change the password that you use to access your hosting subscription files via FTP or SSH.

Updating Contact Info

This tutorial explains how to change your contact e-mail, telephone, address and company details.

File Manager

Learn how to organize your website files using the built-in File Manager.

FTP Accounts

This tutorial explains how to set up FTP access to your hosting subscription: you will learn how to add, edit and remove FTP accounts.

Presence Builder

Learn how to create professionally looking sites without any knowledge of HTML markup or graphic design skills with the Parallels Presence Builder.

Adding Websites (Domains)

This tutorial explains how to add websites addressed by domain names.

Adding Websites (Subdomains)

Learn how to add more websites using the same registered domain name.

Adding Website Forwarders

Learn how to add a domain that redirects site visitors to another website.

Mail: Accounts

This video explains how to set up a mail account, change its settings and access it using an email client program or a webmail.

Mail: Forwarders

Learn how to set up on a mail account the forwarding service that will send all incoming messages or their copies to another e-mail address.

Mail: Auto-Replies

This video explains how to set up automatic responses on mail accounts, and turn them off.

Migrating Data to Plesk from Windows-based Platforms

Learn how to migrate data to Plesk from other hosting platforms: Plesk for Windows 7.5.6 and later; Windows-based Parallels Small Business Panel 10.x; Parallels Helm 3.2.

Adding Domain Aliases

Learn how to set up additional (alternative) domain names for your website.

Adding a Blog to Your Site

Learn how to add a blog based on WordPress to your site.

Mail: Aliases

Learn how to create and remove additional addresses for a mail account.

Setting Up Mailing Lists

Learn how to create a mailing list, subscribe users, and send a message to the list.

Protecting Site Content from Direct Linking (Hotlinking)

Learn how to protect your site content from direct linking.


These are also available in our knowledgebase at https://hostinaus.com.au/client-portal/knowledgebase/6/getting-Started-with-your-hosting.html/

How CloudFlare increases speed and security of your site

How CloudFlare increases speed and security of your site

This is a guest post written and contributed by CloudFlare.  CloudFlare makes it easy for any site to be as fast and secure as the Internet giants.

CloudFlare, a web performance and security company, is excited to announce our partnership with Host In Aus! If you haven’t heard about CloudFlare before, our value proposition is simple: we’ll make any website twice as fast and protect it from a broad range of web threats.

Today, hundreds of thousands of websites—ranging from individual blogs to e-commerce sites to the websites of Fortune 500 companies to national governments—use CloudFlare to make their sites faster and more secure. We power more than 65 billion monthly page views—more than Amazon, Wikipedia, Twitter, Zynga, AOL, Apple, Bing, eBay, PayPal and Instagram combined—and over 25% of the Internet’s population regularly passes through our network.

Faster web performance

CloudFlare is designed to take a great hosting platform like [Your Company Name] and make it even better.

We run 34 data centers strategically located around the world. When you sign up for CloudFlare, we begin routing your traffic to the nearest data center.

As your traffic passes through the data centers, we intelligently determine what parts of your website are static versus dynamic. The static portions are cached on our servers for a short period of time, typically less than 2 hours before we check to see if they’ve been updated. By automatically moving the static parts of your site closer to your visitors, the overall performance of your site improves significantly.

CloudFlare’s intelligent caching system also means you save bandwidth, which means saving money, and decreases the load on your servers, which means your web application will run faster and more efficiently than ever. On average, CloudFlare customers see a 60% decrease in bandwidth usage, and a 65% in total requests to their servers. The overall effect is that CloudFlare will typically cut the load time for pages on your site by 50% which means higher engagement and happier visitors.

Broad web security

Over the course of 2011, CloudFlare identified a 700% increase in the number of distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) we track on the Internet (see the chart below). As attacks like these increase, CloudFlare is stepping up to protect sites.

CloudFlare’s security protections offer a broad range of protections against attacks such as DDoS, hacking or spam submitted to a blog or comment form. What is powerful about our approach is that the system gets smarter the more sites that are part of the CloudFlare community. We analyze the traffic patterns of hundreds of millions of visitors in real time and adapt the security systems to ensure good traffic gets through and bad traffic is stopped.

In time, our goal is nothing short of making attacks against websites a relic of history. And, given our scale and the billions of different attacks we see and adapt to every year, we’re well on our way to achieving that for sites on the CloudFlare network.

Signing up

Any website can deploy CloudFlare, regardless of your underlying platform. By integrating closely with Host In Aus, we make the process of setting up CloudFlare “1 click easy” through your existing Host In Aus Plesk panel. Just look for the CloudFlare icon, choose the domain you want to enable, and click the orange cloud. That’s it!

 We’ve kept the price as low as possible and plans offered through [Your Company Name] are free. Moreover, we never charge you for bandwidth or storage, therefore saving you tons via reduced bandwidth costs.

For site owners who would like to take advantage of CloudFlare’s advanced offerings, we also offer a ‘Pro’ tier of service for $20/month . The ‘Pro’ tier includes all of the ‘Free’ tier’s offerings, as well as extra features like SSL, full web application firewall and faster analytics.

We’re proud that every day more than a thousand new sites, including some of the largest on the web, join the CloudFlare community. If you’re looking for a faster, safer website, you’ve got a good start with Host In Aus, but the next step is to join the CloudFlare community .

Welcome to our new site!

As you may have noticed, Host In Aus has just launched our completely new web site. This is the biggest update we have completed since we first launched, and brings a number of enhancements to the user experience, including the following:

  • Fresh, new, modern look
  • Mobile friendly layout
  • Redesigned order forms
  • Redesigned client area
  • Redesigned contact and support portal
  • Greater browser compatibility

As it is a completely new site, there are a lot of changes, and as always feel free to give us a call or email us with any issues you may have!