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Is there any reason NOT to use XAMPP (or a similar server package)?

Is there any reason NOT to use XAMPP (or a similar server package)?

Until just a few weeks ago I always used to set up my home-servers one service at a time (e.g. httpd, ProFTPD, etc.). I have now begun using XAMPP instead and was wondering if there is any reason why I shouldn't be using it.

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Guest [Entry]

"The biggest problem is that out of the box its not locked down very tight.

From Wikipedia:

Officially, XAMPP's designers intended
it for use only as a development tool,
to allow website designers and
programmers to test their work on
their own computers without any access
to the Internet. To make this as easy
as possible, many important security
features are disabled by default.

If you know what you are doing and take the time to properly secure it, it is only as insecure as the web apps and passwords you have set on your services.

If you don't know what you are doing, or you don't take the time to properly secure it, it has the potential to be a big security hole."