Strong Password Generator

Secure Tool


Protect your life.

On August 3, 2012, the Wired journalist Matt Honan sadly had his entire digital life, including his email and social media accounts, ripped apart by criminal hackers. It could have been avoided had he been doing two things.

First, using two-factor authentication to login to his accounts, which is when you get sent a code on your phone to login, in addition to your normal password. If you don't have your phone, you can't login but neither can anyone else. Second, by using harder passwords more than at least 16 characters long.

Set Up Two-Factor Authentication on My HostJane

At HostJane we have two-factor authentication available in My HostJane (User > Manage Account > Authentication), protecting your website and billing data, and all support tickets.

Additionally, we also enable 2-factor in our PlainSpeed hosting through your cPanel backend. We encourage you to download Google Authenticator and enable 2-factor which is a quick and cheap step to securing your logins.

Use Strong Passwords

HostJane's password generator lets you generate hard, military-level passwords that even sophisticated hackers will not be able to break and no one will be able to guess.

When using the internet, you can do a few other things to protect your hosting account to ensure you are not easily made into a victim of online hacking:

  1. Don't use any password that can easily duplicated and not changed later (like your fingerprints or retina)
  2. Use a VPN service on your home computer to route traffic through a third-party server putting a barrier layer between your local computer and the internet. janeCloud offers a cheap OpenVPN service that works amazingly well and is really easy to set up for personal use with no tech skills needed.
  3. Change your passwords regularly (don't leave it more than 3 months) and ensure the computers you access both your My HostJane account and your server are secure and run up-to-date software.
  4. Always download server updates whenever they're available. If you're using WordPress, you can configure wpconfig.php to ensure new versions install automatically. Use a child theme so you can continue to update to the latest version of WordPress on your site without messing up your site's development progress in every update.

Set up Server Login Notifications by Email

If you're HostJane server allows root access (all our servers are run on Ubuntu except for cPanel/WHM which use CentOS or unless otherwise specified), you can enable SSH Login notifications from your Ubuntu server, so that anytime someone logs into the server you'll be sent an email for security.

To set up server notifications, login (with the root user*) to your server using PuTTY in Windows or your OpenSSH terminal in Linux or MacOS.

Using the nano command-line text editor, type:

nano ~/.bashrc

Press Enter

*NB: Use sudo if you are using another user you have given root privileges

Scroll to the bottom of the file and enter the following:

IP="$(echo $SSH_CONNECTION | cut -d " " -f 1)"
NOW=$(date +"%e %b %Y, %a %r")

echo 'Someone from '$IP' logged into '$HOSTNAME' on '$NOW'.' | mail -s 'SSH Login Notification' YOU@YOUREMAIL.COM

You will need to replace YOU@YOUREMAIL.COM with the email address you wish the server to contact on logins.

Write the changes to the file by typing ctrl + O then press Enter

Exit to the command line with ctrl + x

You may need to install the mail program on your server depending on your jane service.

Configure mail by typing:

apt install mailutils

Press Enter

Follow the instructions at the prompt to configure your service.

You will now be notified free by your server of all future logins.