Web hosting providers play a critical role, if not the key role, in your website’s security. It may be hard to imagine that your website belonging to you, your organization or business would be the target of threats, however the data shows that a cyber attack occurs every 39 seconds and so it is worth taking steps to protect your site. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the primary web security threats from a web hosting perspective and provide you with the practical solutions to help keep your website and users safe.
Web Security Threats
Malware and Virus Infections
Malware and virus infections can occur on a website when hackers insert malicious code. This code can infect website visitors and steal their data, damage their devices, or even gain control over their systems.
Brute Force Attacks
Brute force attacks involve repeatedly attempting to log in to a website using various username and password combinations. If the attacker succeeds, they can gain access to sensitive information and wreak havoc on your website.
DDoS attacks involve overwhelming a website with traffic from multiple sources, making it unavailable to legitimate users.
Web Security Solutions
Hosting providers should regularly backup website data and maintain multiple copies of backups. Backups can restore websites to their previous state before a security breach occurs.
Web hosts can enforce strong password policies that require users to create complex passwords that are difficult to guess or crack, along with limiting the number of failed login attempts a user can make in a given time period. For example, after three failed login attempts, the user’s account can be locked out for a specified period. It is smart for a host to monitor server logs to detect and prevent brute force attacks in real-time. While these might seem obvious, it is important to look for a web host that implements these practices on a regular basis and advertises that to you as their customer.
Secure Server Environment
Hosting providers should use firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and antivirus software to secure their servers from attacks. Additionally, hosting providers can limit access to sensitive data by restricting access to certain IP addresses.
Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certificates encrypt data transmissions between web servers and visitors. Hosting providers can offer SSL certificates as an added security measure.
When choosing a web host, it’s important to be educated about the types of security threats your website will likely face, and that you are equipped to look for the right qualifications of the host and be able to adequately communicate your concerns for them to address. Sozo Technologies keeps your website’s safety as top priority when it comes to hosting through our brand, HostGo. Our dedicated experts ensure that all of our equipment and processes allow your website to operate safely and securely. You can learn more about our web hosting plans here.