Ways to Add Security to Your Dedicated Server

August 2016

dedicated server security

Whether you are already leasing a dedicated server or are thinking about making the switch to one, security is key. These days, it seems as though you see news stories every day about how yet another company has become the victim of a security breach. Protect your site/business and its reputation by keeping some basic yet important dedicated server security tips in mind.

Install Software Updates

One of the most important aspects of keeping your dedicated server safe and protected is simply making sure to update all necessary software in a timely manner. This means taking the time to ensure that every component of your software and hardware is up-to-date, in addition to installing any security patches that are recommended. Check for updates regularly, and never postpone one because you may just forget about it. Or, save yourself the hassle of remembering to install updates by simply going with a managed server.

Always Use Trusted Networks

Another important aspect of dedicated server security is using a reliable and secure network anytime you or somebody else logs onto your server account, especially if you have customized your account to allow for a great deal of control. This means never signing into your server account using a public or otherwise non-trusted network, and advising anybody else with log-in credentials to your dedicated server account to keep the same advice in mind. The last thing you need is for your log-in information to be compromised.

Choose the Right Protection

When shopping around for a dedicated server, make sure that you’re getting the protection you need for greater security and peace of mind. For instance, built-in DDoS protection isn’t included in all hosting packages, but it is included standard with all dedicated server packages at ReliableSite. In addition to DDoS protection, look for other security features such as data centers with numerous redundancies, advanced encryption, and the like. Never sacrifice security for small monetary savings. It won’t be worth it in the long run, especially if you end up facing a security breach.

Backup Data Regularly

Finally, make sure to back up your data regularly (or set up your account so that it does so automatically). Backups should be saved in multiple locations, both on- and off-site for added peace of mind and redundancy. This way, in the event of a hard drive failure or other type of data compromise, you’ll always have a back-up copy somewhere and you’ll be able to minimize your losses as a result. Implement more aggressive backup policies and schedules for more sensitive information, such as customer contact and payment data.

Overall, maintaining dedicated server security can be easier with the right hosting package from the beginning. Still looking for the best dedicated server for your needs? Reach out to the experts at ReliableSite today and we’ll help you make the right hosting decision.