How Your Web Hosting Provider Protects You From Online Threats
All of us want a safe web hosting experience, especially if our business and secret information is being regularly transacted. We often take it for granted that we are being protected by our web hosts’ security mechanisms. But have you ever stopped and wondered what threats you are insulated from? This article points out the number of threats that are being fought by your web hosting provider on a daily basis, to obtain your website and emails.
Viruses and Malware
While this may seem quite shared, you may surprised at how neglected this area of security is. When your local computer is at risk, you jump to take action, but when the threat is not very proximate, procrastinating the examine is more popular. Web hosts need to regularly examine mail, especially with attachments, to prevent the spread of viruses and malware over the internet. Your control panel should be having a virus and malware scanner which the admin can use to examine the hosting account.
Attacks on various network ports to see if any service can be easily accessed is shared for a web great number. Seeing the logs of some servers will surprise you, with ports scans being done every few seconds to check if the server is improperly configured or there is a vulnerability which can be exploited. We hosts use firewalls to determine and block suspicious activity to keep the server and network safe.
Brute Force attacks are also very shared, especially no mail servers. The attacker tries various username and password combinations to try and get keep up of an email account. Once the email account is compromised, the attacker can send out spam and mass mail without disclosing his own identity. Email servers are bombarded every few seconds with brute force attacks on random accounts or already non-existent accounts. While the success rate maybe very low, already one successful email account being exploited can consequence in the sending out of thousands of mails.
DoS Attacks and Flooding
Denial of Service Attacks and Flooding is usually targeted towards a popular website or high-traffic portal. In these types of attacks, the attacker attempts to flood the website with dummy requests so that the site becomes overloaded or far away. These attacks are mainly to harass the users and visitors of a website or just as a show of strength by the attackers. Web hosts use Firewalls, DNS sets and already special Network Hardware to thwart these attempts. DoS attacks can also come from multiple supplies and IP Addresses and flood the victim server called a Distributed Denial of Service Attack or DDoS. Similar mechanisms are used to counter these attacks too.
Runaway Scripts and Bad coding
Some website owners like to experiment and try their hand at coding. This experimentation can be quite detrimental to other users on a live server. To prevent other users from being deprived of the shared server resources, web hosts often rate limit accounts which show such misbehaviour. This helps to balance the load on a server and prevents a single account from consuming all the resources like RAM and CPU. Another threat that web hosts need to deal with is SQL Injection. Often bad coding on a website leads to the complete database and website being divided open by attackers. Usually these websites do not have any really secret information (or else they would have been coded better) to be stolen from the database, but no web great number likes to have a compromised account on his network. Web Application Firewalls are used to prevent such kind of attacks before they happen. already if your website is badly coded, low level attacks are automatically prevented at the server level.