Web Hosting Security Best Practices

March 2019

These days, it seems as though nobody is safe from threats on the web. Hackers, phishing schemes, and other malicious attacks run rampant across the web, and servers are often a major target. And while there may be nothing you can do to guarantee you’ll never fall victim to a web attack or security breach, there are some pretty simple steps you can take to beef up security on your dedicated web hosting plan and enjoy some added peace of mind.

Don’t Forego Those Security Updates

When you’re prompted to install a security update or patch, make sure you install it right away. In addition to that, take time to manually check for security updates and patches at least once a week, rather than waiting to be prompted. The sooner you can get these installed, the better protected you’ll be from vulnerabilities and security breaches.

Opt for DDoS Protection

DDoS attacks are a very real problem these days, and no server is safe because the size and scope of these attacks are seemingly growing all the time. This is where it can be helpful to select a server that comes with DDoS protection. If your hosting company offers DDoS protection and you haven’t already purchased some for your server, now is the time to add it to your plan. Ideally, you’ll be able to enjoy free standard protection from your hosting company, as is the case with ReliableSite customers.

Backup Your Data Regularly

When was the last time you backed up your data? If it’s been more than a few days, then you’ll want to go out of your way to do this as soon as possible. Backing up your server data and files only takes a few minutes of your time, but it can make all the difference when it comes to protecting your information. In the event that you do fall victim to an attack or security breach, having your data backed up somewhere safe means you won’t lose it entirely.

Use a Little Common Sense

In addition to these tips, there are also some basic, common sense security practices that you should keep in mind when it comes to protecting your dedicated web hosting from attacks and security breaches. For example, when you’re logging into your hosting account, always make sure you’re on a trusted network. Entering your credentials over a non-secure network (such as that free public Wi-Fi at your local coffee shop) means you could be exposing your information to potential hackers. Make sure that anybody who has login access to your dedicated hosting plan is aware of this as well.

These are just a few of best practices to keep in mind from a security standpoint. In addition to this, having the best dedicated web hosting means you’ll have some great security features already in place, such as free standard DDoS protection and easy data backups. ReliableSite is committed to providing you with the best dedicated web hosting at an affordable price and with great security features. Contact us today to find out more about our hosting options or to set up your server!