How can I make Windows VPS more secured?
First thing you should remember to do with your new Windows VPS is to enable it’s Windows Firewall. You can do this easily by logging on to your Windows VPS through remote desktop and then select the following:-
Start > Control Panel > Windows Firewall.
Add the following ports/applications to your firewall exceptions as required. ( Exceptions Tab > Add Program or Port)
Check “Remote Desktop” option [Remote Desktop]
Add Port > Name = DNS UDP | Port =53 | UDP [Domain Name Server UDP]
Add Port > Name = DNS TCP | Port =53 | TCP [Domain Name Server TCP]
Add Port > Name = FTP| Port =21 | TCP [FTP Server]
Add Port > Name = SMTP | Port =25 | TCP [Mail Server]
Add Port > Name = POP3 | Port =110 | TCP [POP 3 Mail collection service]
Add Port > Name = HTTP | Port =80 | TCP [Web Server]
Add Port > Name = HTTPS | Port =443 | TCP [Secure Web Server]
Add Program > Browse > C:\WINDOWS\system32\inetsrv\inetinfo.exe (This will allow you to use the FTP Service)
Note:You will probably also want your windows VPS serverto respond to network ICMP packets (ping) so ensure that this is enabled by going: Start > Control Panel > Windows Firewall > Advanced > ICMP Settings > Enable options.