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How to Set Up Sucuri Antivirus (Website Monitoring) on CloudwaysJune 30, 2017

 

In this KB

  • What security services does Sucuri offer?
  • Special Sucuri offers for Cloudways customers
  • How to setup Sucuri Antivirus on Cloudways
  • How to claim Cloudways credit via your Sucuri subscription

 

Sucuri is a very well-known security provider for most popular CMSs (WordPress, Magento, Joomla, Drupal, etc.). They offer an antivirus (monitoring service), malware removal tool and a website firewall service (hack attempts blocking, DDoS protection, etc.). All this makes it a perfect match for Cloudways customers.

We have partnered with Sucuri so you can secure your site at a discounted price:

Antivirus + Firewall Basic – $149.99/year -25% off Sucuri price (you pay $199.99 to Sucuri, and we give you $50 as Cloudways credit)

Antivirus + Firewall Pro – $224.99/year -25% off Sucuri price (you pay $299.99 to Sucuri, and we give you $75 as Cloudways credit)

Antivirus + Firewall Business – $374.99/year  -25% off Sucuri price (you pay $499.99 to Sucuri, and we give you $125 as Cloudways credit)

Note: This promotion is valid for one site for each Cloudways customer.

Following steps will explain how you can set up the Sucuri Antivirus.

Step 1: Get the Domain Name to Protect

This is something you may already know, but you need to have the full domain name that you want to protect (i.e. www.mysite.com). 

Log into the Cloudways Platform with your credentials. Click on Applications in the top menu bar and select your desired application.

Application management

Once selected, you will be directed to the Application Management area. Check your Primary domain information, in the Domain Management section, to use it to set up Sucuri Antivirus.

Domain mysite

Step 2: Buy Sucuri Subscription

Create a new Sucuri account, choosing the plan level most suitable for your needs. Please click here to purchase the subscription (crucial for us to be able to give you the associated Cloudways credits).

setup Sucuri Antivirus

Step 3: Navigate to Website Monitoring

Login to your new Sucuri account and navigate to Website Monitoring.

setup Sucuri Antivirus

Step 4: Add Your Site

Now add your site (full domain name) to website monitoring located on the left sidebar.

setup Sucuri Antivirus

Step 5: Order Malware Clean Up (Optional)

Now if your site has already been compromised (and you are setting up Sucuri due to an abuse report, website defacement or similar), you can immediately order a malware cleanup. Simply click on Yes.

setup Sucuri Antivirus

Step 6: Malware Removal Request (Optional)

Fill the form with the required data. In the example below, we are using master credentials. You could use application credentials all the same (but then specify SFTP instead of SSH as connection type).

setup Sucuri Antivirus

Step 7: Website Settings

Now to further configure the antivirus and setup the Server Side Scanner. First, click on the Settings icon.

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Step 8: Server Side Scanner Configuration

Scroll down to Server Side Scanner section and click on the Enable Manually tab.  Follow the instructions there (basically, upload a PHP file to the webroot of your application). Once done, click on Verify File and Enable.

setup Sucuri Antivirus

That should be it. Now your site is closely monitored by Sucuri for any security issues and, if it is hacked hopefully, Sucuri people are already working on cleaning it.

Next, you can enable the Website Firewall (WAF) that provides another layer of security in front of your application, filtering all traffic to your site and automatically blocking hacking attempts and DDoS attacks.

Important Notes:

  • To get the extra Cloudways credit, just get in touch with the support team. Once you have activated your Sucuri account, provide the email that you used to register with Sucuri (and your Cloudways registration email if different), and the credits are directly added to your account funds so you can use them against your future Cloudways invoices.
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3 Responses

  1. Mike says:

    Really disappointing to see it cost per SITE on the server. With cpanel, you can install 1 program that watches ALL sites on the server, for only $10/month. You don’t pay per website. Do you plan to offer other options? I was really waiting for this and just do disappointing to see how expensive it will be.

  2. Ahmad says:

    Cloudways these type of offers will not give you distinction…

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