As any server admin will tell you, having a website means you're going to have people trying to hack it. One of my servers seems like it's under constant attack from various IP addresses, and though there are many things that can be done to mitigate an attack on your server, one of the easiest is to simply block all requests from the specific IP address of the attacker. I like to use Uncomplicated Firewall (UFW) for managing my IP tables entries because as its name implies, it makes things less complicated.
To setup UFW, follow the directions on Digital Ocean. Once you're setup, here are some commands that I like to use:
Block IP Address
sudo ufw insert 1 deny from <ip address>
insert 1 bit makes this rule go to the very top of the list of rules, and this is important because UFW's default setup goes through the list of rules until it finds an applicable rule. So if you have a rule that allows all incoming traffic on port 80 as your first rule and then the IP block as your second rule, your second rule (the block) would never get applied because your first rule already accepts everybody.
UFW Numbered Status
sudo ufw status numbered
This command will return results like the following:
Status: active To Action From -- ------ ---- [ 1] Anywhere DENY IN 126.96.36.199 [ 2] Anywhere DENY IN 188.8.131.52 [ 3] 22 LIMIT IN Anywhere [ 4] 443 ALLOW IN Anywhere [ 5] 80 ALLOW IN Anywhere [ 6] 22 (v6) LIMIT IN Anywhere (v6) [ 7] 443 (v6) ALLOW IN Anywhere (v6) [ 8] 80 (v6) ALLOW IN Anywhere (v6)
Delete UFW Rule
If you want to delete a UFW rule, you should run the UFW Numbered Status command (above), and find the ID of the rule (the number on the left). Then you can run the following command:
sudo ufw delete <ID>
That's just about all I need for the type of servers I set up.