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What is BitNinja?

BitNinja is an easy-to-use server security tool, which can be installed on your server within a couple of minutes and requires virtually no maintenance.

BitNinja is an easy-to-use server security tool, which can be installed on your server within a couple of minutes and requires virtually no maintenance, a mixture of an on-premise and cloud based solution.

It is an agent which sits on your infrastructure and sends the attack information to the central server which is in the cloud.

We have a new technology called the defense network, which means that every BitNinja protected server learns from each attack and shares the learned information with the central server and with all the other BitNinja enabled servers, so the shield just gets stronger and stronger with every single attack.

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BitNinja currently scores 88/100 in the Cyber & Data Security category. This is based on user satisfaction (90/100), press buzz (51/100), recent user trends (rising), and other relevant information on BitNinja gathered from around the web.

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BitNinja Review

Editors' Review by the Cyber & Data Security Software Review Team

BitNinja is a cloud-based security software system that helps digital agencies, website developers and hosting providers address their needs for secure servers. It also supports SaaS providers and digital agencies by keeping their internet access safe from malicious threats.

The software solution started in 2014 in London after the founders realized they needed to keep their customer sites secure. It analyzes web traffic and threats using artificial intelligence, without the need to perform manual configurations and has a technology called Defense Network, a system that proactively prevents malicious traffic from penetrating sites.

BitNinja is an all-in-one protection system that has 10 defense modules covering all aspects of cyberattacks. These modules, which have individual functions for detecting and preventing attacks, work together to protect sites from the six phases of cyberattacks: scans, exploitations, infections, register c & c, resource usage and expansions.

The defense module categories are Honeypots, Malware Detection and Removal, IP Reputation, Intrusion Detection and DDOS Protection.

The server security system runs on the users’ infrastructure and protects on all protocols including HTTP, FTP, POP3, SMTP, IMAP and SSH. Apart from agencies and developers, it is also suitable for startups, freelancers and enterprises.

BitNinja Features

The software application dashboard allows users to manage all their servers within a single login. It has an “Events” panel where users can view all updates on activities including impending attacks and log feed analysis. The features of BitNinja are grouped into categories.

Port and web honeypots

Port honeypots address malicious port scans and sweeps. They instantly block incoming attacks and automatically greylist IPs that can infect a server. They act as bait by disguising as a port containing services that can lure and expose malicious IPs. Web honeypot has the same functions as Port plus it is customizable for efficient ensnarement of hackers and prevention of possible cyber attacks.

Malware detection and removal

Unvalidated file uploads, remote code injection, CMS and script injection can be easily detected and scanned manually for threats.

Web application firewall

Incoming traffic is scanned and analyzed for possible malicious content. This module works with log analysis to prevent the applications that are running in a server from being attacked. It has the capability to switch to strict mode and is compatible with web servers such as Lite HTTP, GlassFish, NodeJS and NginX.

Log analysis

This feature guards a system or site against application layer attacks that include SQL injection, XSS, on-site and cross-site request forgery, code injection and remote file inclusion. Events that are logged before BitNinja was installed into the system are accessed as reference for the identification of previous attacks and to greylist hackers.

CAPTCHA and collective intelligence

CAPTCHA prevents automated botnet attacks by validating whether site activity is human-generated or bot-generated. This separates humans from botnets, removing the former from the greylist and blocking the latter from entering a site. Validation happens on HTTP, HTTPS and SMTP.

Collective intelligence

This particular module protects a system from repetitive automated exploitations and zero-day attacks granting security on three levels: black/whitelist management, basic IP reputation and advance IP reputation.

Black and whitelist management on the system are user-defined on the dashboard while basic IP reputation provides the system with the capability to identify IPs that are used by hackers. Then BitNinja places them on the malicious IP list once the number goes up to 5,000.

Advance IP reputation protects servers from over 6,000,000 attacker-IPs.

DDoS protection

Denial of Service (DoS) attacks to and from a server are blocked and the connection between the server and the source of the attack are cut to prevent further penetration. The Distributed DoS mitigation feature protects a system from TCP- or UDP-based DDoS attacks by detecting the threats before they occur.

AntiFlood prevents hackers from bringing down the server’s defense shield.


BitNinja can be integrated with Cloudfare. This is done by clicking on + Add new on the user’s Cloudfare dashboard. With this arrangement, a site visitor will be automatically directed to the CDN then to the user’s site, if the visitor passes the Cloudfare security check.


This integration requires users to create a Slack application to receive notifications regarding security events in the user’s network. Once a webhook is generated from Slack, it can be saved on the BitNinja dashboard so options on the kind of notifications are provided for the users.

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BitNinja Benefits

BitNinja provides an installation code that takes only five minutes to activate. It deals with security threats holistically through a 360⁰ defense system without the need for configuration so traffic is automatically redirected to the BitNinja servers. The other benefits of using this software security system are:

Incident reports

The system provides users with weekly reports that include information on the first three malicious events and a link to the page that contains a list of the last 100 incidents. Once a report is received, this is an implication that the system has already been infected by malware. The common types of threats are HTTP spam request, brute force and script injection, among others.

Centralized dashboard

The BitNinja dashboard allows users to manage multi-servers at one time. This eliminates the need to open several accounts using different logins. In addition, the modules can be switched on or off from the dashboard’s Modules menu. Countries and IP ranges that bring threats can be blocked to eliminate attack attempts.

24/7 tech support

The BitNinja website provides comprehensive information from installation to the modules and even the software’s roadmap on features that are still being developed.

Tech support is available even for the Basic plan users. Assistance for incident, threat and configuration management are included. Also, the system website has a Knowledge Base page that houses FAQs including general information, protection, dashboard management and setup instructions.

Quick installation

Minimum hardware requirements for the system are 512 MB RAM, a dual-core CPU, 1024 MB storage space and internet access. The system is easy to install and only requires basic IT skills to get it running on a server. A one-line installation code will be sent to the user for quick installation. BitNinja automatically starts server protection once installed.

BitNinja Pricing

Each pricing plan starts with a seven-day free trial. The $5 per server per month is then charged to the user’s credit card for the Basic plan. This is ideal for startups and includes the Global defense network and honeypots as well as a comprehensive dashboard and IP reputation management. It also provides weekly security reports and protection on protocols such as IMAP, POP3, FTP and SSH.

The Pro plan offers complete protection for shared hosting providers and digital agencies. Pricing, which ranges from $10 to $40 per server per month, is customized according to the number of hosted users. This covers all features of the basic plan plus CAPTCHA and BIC security, white and blacklist management, DoS mitigation and malware detection among others.

The Managed Security plan is an unlimited security monitoring and management package that extends the benefits of the previous package to include on-demand security compliance, managed SIEM, deployment and configuration of BitNinja WAF and advanced threat detection and response. It is priced at $1,000 per server per year.


BitNinja is an all-in-one protection system that blocks cyberattacks even before they can hit the data and the servers. This application is user-friendly and benefits host providers, website developers and digital agencies that have about 150 or more servers by providing a multi-phase approach to cybersecurity and data protection.

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BitNinja Product Overview

  • All servers running BitNinja create a global defense network, sharing information about malicious IPs.

  • BitNinja helps prevent in- and outgoing DoS attacks and mitigates DDoS attacks as well.

  • Our Collective Intelligence creates a set of manageable IP lists.

  • Our WAF constantly scans and analyzes the incoming traffic flow.

  • OWAF module scans outgoing connections real-time, with the built-in HTTP proxy solution

Languages Supported: English, Hungarian

BitNinja Features

  • 2-Factor Authentication
  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Anti-Virus
  • API
  • Audience Targeting
  • Batch Permissions & Access
  • Budgeting
  • Bulk Domain Management
  • Calendar Management
  • Contact Management
  • Customer Management
  • Dashboard
  • Data Export
  • Data Import
  • Data Visualization
  • Expense Tracking
  • External Integrations
  • File Sharing
  • File Transfer
  • Firewall
  • Forecasting
  • General Account Ledger
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Lead Management
  • Lead Scoring
  • Marketing Automation
  • Multi-User
  • Notifications
  • Password & Access Management
  • Project Management
  • Scheduling
  • Social-Media Integration
  • Supplier Management
  • Third-Party Plugins/Add-Ons
  • Travel Management
  • Malware Protection
  • Bug Tracking
  • Network Traffic Monitoring
  • Network Visualization
  • Network Device Performance Monitoring
BitNinja Pricing

BitNinja Pricing Plans


1 server(s) / month
  • Advanced IP Reputation: Greylist
  • DDoS Mitigation
  • Antiflood
  • Server Level DDoS mitigation
  • Web Application Firewall (WAF)
  • Outbound Web Application Firewall (OutboundWAF)
  • Log Analysis
  • Malware Detection and Removal
  • Port Honeypot
  • Web Honeypot

Plans starting from: $30.00/month Credit card required: No

BitNinja FAQs

Does BitNinja offer multi-user capability (e.g. teams)?

Yes, you can add/invite new members to your account on the Dashboard/Users menu using the List/Add Users button. You can set 4 predefined roles to each user, depending on the level of access you want to grant. Now you can choose between Admin, Server Operator, Server Group Operator or Invoice/Accounting Manager, but later on, we plan to add new roles with more defined access points.

What platforms does BitNinja support?

BitNinja supports every Linux distributions. We design packages for .apt and .rpm based Linux systems and do automatic testing for the following distributions:

Debian6 32/64 bit, Debian7 32/64 bit, Debian 8 32/64bit, Ubuntu 12 32/64 bit, CentOS6 32/64 bit, CloudLinux 6, CentOS 5, CentOS 7, CloudLinux 5, CloudLinux 7, RedHatEnterpriseServer 5, RedHat 6 and up, Ubuntu 10, Ubuntu 13 and up

What is BitNinja generally used for?

It's a server security system, which instead of dealing with security threats separately, has a holistic approach to it.

We provide different modules to the different aspects of server security, so 360° defense is granted by our modular solution:

With the power of collective intelligence, your server becomes more protected every second, as we sync attack information among all the BitNinja protected servers worldwide.

Moreover, while cloud-based security solutions require your traffic to be redirected through their servers, with BitNinja, you don’t have to do any configuration. Also, any failures of the cloud-based party can make your server unavailable, which is a huge risk to take. Our service runs on your own existing infrastructure, so there is no downtime if anything stops running in our system.

BitNinja directly protects not only on HTTP, but all other protocols (SMTP, IMAP, POP3, SSH, FTP) as well.

Does BitNinja offer an API?

We have a reseller API.

Who are the main user groups of BitNinja?

BitNinja is primarily designed for the needs of hosting providers. However, it is also a perfect choice for any VPS, colocation and SaaS provider, website developer, digital agency and any other company that runs their own servers and wants to keep them safe on the Internet.

Does BitNinja offer guides, tutorials and or customer support?

Yes, we provide comprehensive support for our partners (having Pro or Free license), including technical support for incident management, configuration or threat management.

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