Information Technology Works

Secure Linux Web Hosting

  • Secure Linux web hosting requires timely security updates.

    No operating system can be secure if it is behind schedule on security patches. Arch Linux is very quick with package updates when security patches are applied to the upstream sources and ITwrx monitors security issues closely and updates immediately whenever necessary. We are fanatical about security updates so you don't have to be.

  • High quality server hardware & resources.

    ITwrx currently uses dedicated servers with Linux Containers or KVMVPSes with high performance SSD's. Both are housed in datacenters with 1Gbps up/down internet connections and fully redundant power supplies. ITwrx also never oversells our hosting space. This means web applications are served with speed and reliability that will outperform many competitors' solutions.

  • Best of Breed server software, fit to purpose.

    Many may not realize it, but F/OSS(Free/Open Source Software) is generally being developed at a very fast pace, especially software intended to be run on servers. ITwrx are F/OSS enthusiasts and are constantly evaluating the continually evolving options available to provide the best components for our web hosting clients as it relates to security, speed, efficiency, feature set, etc. We use Arch Linux with the linux-grsec kernel package for all our servers' OS. The Grsecurity kernel patch contributes a significant security improvement to the stock Gnu/linux kernel. We also utilize the ABS (Arch Build System) with the hardening-wrapper to enable PIE compile flags, thus enabling ASLR for key applications. Using Arch Linux makes thousands of applications available in their latest versions very shortly after upstream release, amounst other benefits.

    We default to NGINX as our web server software, but Apache is currently in use for certain applications as well. NGINX gives us powerful configuration options, especially when combined with our latest web applications using the Laravel PHP Framework.

    Using the latest stable versions of PHP and MariaDB also doesn't hurt anything in regards to security, speed, efficiency and features.

  • ITwrx Mail server.

    In the interest of improved security and feature set over other options, ITwrx has implemented our own email server for our clients' and internal use. Once again, using the best software means using Free Software. Specifically, Postfix, Dovecot, Dspam and the Dovecot antispam plugin (adds Dspam support to Dovecot). Dspam provides high spam detection accuracy rates via it's unique design and puts the client in control. We are also eagerly watching the Mailpile project as a possible webmail or desktop client option. Some documentation for email client configuration is already available and further resources, such as a client wiki are planned. Of course, ITwrx will assist any client in getting set up. Virtually unlimited email accounts are included with every hosting account, though reasonable storage limits will apply.

  • Nextcloud instance.

    Need web accessible file storage and sharing that's safe and under your control? What about shared calendars, contacts, and other collaborative applications? ITwrx will be glad to set you up with your own personal Nextcloud instance. Grade A TLS implementation included. Pricing starts at $7.70 monthly for clients of other ITwrx services or $10 monthly for standalone service. Or if you want superior GNU+Linux hosting for any other F/OSS application just let us know.