7 Tips To Secure Your Shared Hosting Server
Website security is the topmost priority for most site owners. Regardless of the performance of the website and the page loading speed, if the site lacks security, then your business and reputation can suffer. Most site owners choose Shared Hosting as their first Hosting Plan due to the host of benefits it offers, including ease of launching the website online and affordability. However, since the resources and the server are shared between multiple sites, there are many security vulnerabilities. Therefore, websites hosted on a Shared Hosting service must ensure that they safeguard themselves against online threats. Today, we will share seven tips to help you secure your Shared Hosting server.
- Choose the right hosting provider
When you host your website using a Shared Hosting service, the security of the server depends a lot on the tools and measures deployed by the web hosting provider. Therefore, it is important to assess the security protocols of the hosting service provider before signing up. All providers will claim top-notch security and advanced measures being deployed. Hence, it is important to research the services and look at reviews before signing the dotted line. Try to talk to some existing clients (if you can) to get a clearer picture of the security offered with the web hosting plans.
- Update regularly
Most Shared Hosting accounts come with an administrative panel that enables you to run updates. If you have access to such a panel, then ensure that you run updates regularly. Usually, developers release updates to patch any security vulnerabilities. Hence, keeping the software or OS or CMS updated ensures site security. If you don’t have access to such a panel, then talk to your provider and understand the frequency with which he runs the updates.
- Use a Firewall
A firewall is the first line of defense against any cyber-attack. Configure the firewall by setting rules for blocking and/or allowing traffic. This can ensure that cyber-threats get deflected at the gate itself. In fact, most organizations use a firewall to successfully thwart online threats.
- Use ‘difficult-to-guess’ passwords
Imagine a password like ‘Jrg7$9ps0L^Kk@76D6$M’. Difficult to remember, isn’t it? Even more difficult to crack! Usually, site owners use passwords that hackers find easy to crack since it has a combination of easy to remember words or numbers typically based on the user’s personal life. Hence, when they try to hack into an account, they look at combinations around your name or date of birth or other personal information. Having a completely irrelevant password that is 8-20 characters long can ensure that hackers or brute-force cannot get through your account.
- Use two-factor authentication
Most websites use a two-factor authentication today where the user’s login credentials are verified along with an OTP sent to the registered mobile number or email address. This ensures that even if a hacker cracks your password, he can’t gain access to your account unless he has your mobile phone or email password too.
- Look for DDoS Protection
A Distributed Denial of Service or DDoS attack is highly dangerous since it appears as a sudden increase in the number of requests received from your website. These can be real users or hacking attempts under disguise to overwhelm and crash your server. Look for hosting providers that have special measures in place to preemptively block DDoS attacks and keep your site secure. Also, install an SSL certificate to enhance the security of your website.
Hackers are evolving, and usually, once a site is hacked, the malicious code seems to bury itself so deep inside that it keeps reappearing despite the cleaning attempts. In other cases, the entire site data is wiped clean. Hence, apart from the security measures taken by you, ensure that you take regular and comprehensive backups of your site so that you can get your site up and running in no time even if your site gets hacked.
From the moment a website goes live on the internet, it is prone to a cyber-attack. Gone are the days when only websites of large organizations were targeted by hackers. Today, every website needs to ensure its security. If you are using a Shared Hosting service, then follow the tips mentioned above to keep your site secure.