Tips for securing your Amazon EC2 instance

Tuesday, 4 March 2008, 3:24 PM EST

Just as any host on the Internet, your EC2 instances are vulnerable to attack. While the EC2 firewall is a very powerful tool for securing your instance from unwanted network traffic, if used incorrectly you may still leave your instance vulnerable to attack.

Any one of the attacks could result in disruption to your service, at best, or total loss of control of your instance or deletion of your data, at worst. Very often, intruders also go on to use your instance as a launch-pad for further attacks against other systems on the Internet, to send spam or to host illegal download sites.

These are some of the most important steps to take in order to mitigate risks.

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