If you’re a website owner or administrator, of course you want to do everything in your power to protect your site and your data from malicious attacks. Unfortunately, it’s as though no site is too secure to fall victim to an online attack or data breach these days. This is especially true when it comes to distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, which can wreak havoc on even the most secure dedicated servers.
By having a better understanding of what a DDoS attack entails and what you can do to avoid one, you can better protect your server and its data.
What is a DDoS Attack, Anyway?
A DDoS attack occurs when fake traffic floods a website’s server. The large influx of fake traffic can be enough to either substantially slow down the server or cause it to shut down entirely. The size of a DDoS attack can vary greatly from just a few gigabits per second to several hundred gigabits per second. The larger the attack, the more damage can be done.
How Can a DDoS Attack Affect a Dedicated Server?
When a DDoS attack floods a dedicated server, downtime can result. Users may be unable to access your site due to the overload of traffic. Even if users are still able to access your site during the attack, page loading times may be extremely slow. As a result, visitors may stop coming to your site or your reputation could be tarnished, especially if users perceive that their information is unsafe on your site.
Protecting Your Server from a DDoS Attack
The good news is that there are proactive measures you can take to avoid a DDoS attack on your server. One of the best things you can do is to make sure you have some form of server DDoS protection in place. Specifically, DDoS protection can help to “filter” through your web traffic in real-time so that if a DDoS attack is launched against your site, the fake traffic can be filtered out while legitimate web traffic is allowed to continue onto your site without delay.
Many hosting companies these days offer DDoS protected servers with the option to purchase the level of protection you need. At ReliableSite, for example, we include free standard DDoS protection with all of our dedicated servers. From there, you can purchase additional protection from larger attacks as you see fit. Ultimately, this type of protection is your best line of defense against a DDoS attack on your dedicated server.
Knowing the signs of a DDoS attack (such as server downtime and slow page loading) and acting promptly by contacting your hosting company can also help to reduce the effect of a DDoS attack on your dedicated server.
Hopefully, you will never be in a situation where you need to deal with a DDoS attack. If you are, however, you’ll be happy you have free standard DDoS protection. Contact ReliableSite today to find out more about our hosting plans and the additional security steps we take to protect your server and its data.