Using ASTRA Firewall

How to manage your website with options in Astra settings?

Astra believes that if you are using something frequently use it effectively. Astra not only protects your website from hackers, bots & threats but also provides a spectrum of other security functions. In this post, you’ll learn how you can make the most out of Astra with its intuitive dashboard and settings page.

Let see the usage of these options one by one:

  1. Allow Foreign Characters: 
  • By default, Astra blocks characters that are not in the Latin Unicode set. This is to say, it allows English and Latin alphabet-based languages such as – German, Italian, French, etc. but blocks languages in other scripts. Such as – Devanagari, Tamil, Kanji, Hangul, etc.
  • If you want to allow those characters, turn the toggle to “On” if you don’t want to allow then turn the toggle to “Off”.
  1. Your Server Credentials:
  • In case of a website malfunction or reinfection, we might require your server credentials to deep dive and investigate the root cause. So, you can update the credentials with the “Update” button.
  • After clicking on “Update” you can update either cPanel/SSH/FTP. Make sure that they are working before updating.
  1. HTTP Request Methods: 
  • This determines what kinds of requests Astra scans. There are many types of HTTP requests, such as GET, PUT, POST, etc. Web pages are usually loaded with a GET request. Forms are usually submitted with a POST request.
  • You can choose which request Astra scans and which it doesn’t.
  1. File Upload Rules
  • It determines what kind of file uploads Astra allows. File uploads that are not allowed will get automatically blocked by Astra. You can set maximum file size and a list of allowed extensions.
  • Click on “Configure” and a different section loads, where you can see the options as mentioned below:
  • Allowed Extensions: Here you can enter the extensions you want to allow to upload. For example, to allow pdf files you can add “pdf”.
  • Blocked Extensions: Here you can enter the extensions you want to block from uploading. For example, to block doc files you can add “doc”.
  • File Upload Size Limit: Here you can keep a size limit for the file uploads. For example, if you set a size limit as 10 MB then it won’t allow the file which exceeds 10 MB in size.
  1. Email Preferences:
  • Here, you can set your email preferences to receive alerts of the dashboard activity.
  • Click on “Update” and a new tab will open where you can see options like “Daily Reports, Hourly Login Summary, and Monthly Summary”. Check the boxes as per your requirement and click “Save”.

I hope this Knowledge Base helped you in managing your website with some underrated options on the settings page.

In case of any further queries, you can reach out to us through the support tab in your dashboard. We’ll be happy to help! 🙂

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