Dedicated servers can provide a high level of security, especially when compared to shared and free hosting options. At the same time, no server is 100% safe from hackers, data breaches, and other security concerns. This is why it's so important for website administrators to be proactive about keeping their servers secure and their data safe.
By taking a few extra steps on your dedicated server, you can bolster security and enjoy added protection and peace of mind.
Check Your Network Before You Log In
One of the most important things to keep in mind when it comes to the security of your dedicated server is to make sure you're only entering your log-in credentials when you're on a trusted, private network like blockchain. This means not logging in over a public or otherwise unsecure network. While public, free Wi-Fi networks can be convenient for working on-the-go, the fact remains that they are extremely vulnerable — and any information you transmit over one of these networks (including server log-in information) can be seen by hackers.
Make sure you only use a private and secure network while logging in and check to be sure that everyone who has access to your server knows to do the same.
Install Security Updates and Patches Regularly
Don't make the mistake of waiting to be prompted to install a security update or patch. It's important to be as proactive as possible about checking for and installing security updates. Ideally, you should be manually checking for updates daily and installing them as soon as they become available. If you delay this, you could be leaving your server open to vulnerabilities.
Make Sure You Have DDoS Protection
Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks occur when your website is flooded with "fake" web traffic in an effort to overwhelm your server and either slow down your site significantly or cause it to go down altogether. Unfortunately, DDoS attacks are becoming increasingly common, and they're also getting to be larger and more powerful. Attack sizes can range from a few gigabits to hundreds of gigabits per second, and no site is completely safe from this type of attack.
While there is nothing you can do to guarantee you'll never fall victim to a DDoS attack, having DDoS protection in place as part of your hosting plan can help reduce your risk. Some hosting companies even offer free basic DDoS protection and give you the option to pay extra for protection against larger attacks.
Either way, having some form of DDoS protection in place is highly recommended. In addition to this, it is important to be on the lookout for common signs of an impending DDoS attack. This includes:
- Suddenly slow loading pages
- Odd website behavior reported by users
- Unexplained server downtime
If you notice any signs of a DDoS attack on your site, be sure to report them to your hosting company as soon as possible so appropriate action can be taken.
Take Time to Back Up Your Files and Data
Even when you take all the "right" security measures, web attacks and data breaches can still happen. This is why it's always a good idea to have your most important data backed up in a separate and secure location. Data backups can quite literally save your site from days or even weeks of downtime, allowing you to recover and restore files and other data that may have been compromised by an attack.
Check to see if your current web hosting company offers any form of data backup as part of your hosting plan. If not, you may want to consider a back-up service. Ideally, you'll be able to find one that will automatically back up and store your data for you every so often, so you don't need to remember to do it manually.
Seem Like a Lot? Consider a Managed Plan!
These are just a few of many steps you can (and should!) take to bolster security on your dedicated server. This can seem like a lot to take care of, especially if you have minimal experience in managing a dedicated server or if you simply don't have a lot of time on your hands to commit to these steps.
If this is the case, you may want to consider a managed hosting plan, which will take these burdens off your plate. Specifically, a managed hosting plan allows you to have a dedicated team of hosting professionals manage the most important aspects of your dedicated server so you don't have to. From installing security updates to running security audits on your plan, you won't have to lift a finger. Meanwhile, you can rest assured that all the necessary measures are being taken to protect your server.
While there is no guaranteed way to avoid a web attack these days, there are many steps that can be taken to reduce your risk. Follow these steps or consider purchasing a managed hosting plan to protect your data and enjoy added peace of mind in the process.