The continuous and almost consistent threats of cyber-attacks on websites make the Internet a murky place. With the increasing dependency on technology, we are not hesitating from publishing crucial personal information on the web through secure channels. However, it has regularly been seen that even when information is passed and stored on secured networks, security is compromised and information often falls in the wrong hands. This is probably the hard reality of the Internet world – something we all have to live with.
Many continue to wonder whether web hosting companies are equally threatened by cyber-attacks or not? As the ‘walls’ that protect websites, it seems obvious that they cannot be attacked with malicious intent because of strong security protection. Unfortunately, no one is immune from such threats, not even web hosting companies. While there are many ways to prevent cyber-attacks on web hosting companies, such actions are not cures in any way. Very recently, controversial celebrity photos were leaked to the public from their personal accounts and this just goes on to prove how security can be compromised over secured channels. .
Hacking servers and databases need expertise and are difficult (though not impossible) to crack. Most web hosting companies have to be wary of malicious banner ads and attacks on HTML codes. Often malicious banner ads come from ‘trusted’ companies. When a visitor clicks on such a banner, he is taken to another website which infects a visitor’s computer with malware and steals vital information. Inserting malicious content to websites can happen when users are allowed to upload content on the website. Since we are talking about codes here, you often don’t realize the attack. Flushing a network or software using botnet is another common method of attacking a web hosting service. Botnets are used to quickly move data from one computer to another and in the process the source of malware is hidden. This increases the traffic to the network to such a point that it becomes unavailable to the users.
While there is no guarantee that hackers won’t attack your web hosting company, it is also true that you can make their task difficult by taking some proactive steps.
We have already mentioned that banner ads are common sources of threats and to protect yourself from them, you should thoroughly research the advertisers and be sure that they are trustworthy. Learn to identify malicious values in banner coding too. To protect yourself from malicious HTML coding, scan the programs regularly. Whenever you are uploading files to your site use only SSH and SFTP programs for the purpose. You can also take the extra step to warn the users of your service to have a combination of DDoS protection, virus-scanning software, and firewalls in their personal computers.
While you can have a thick wall of protection, the truth is cybercrimes continue to take place and that too right under our nose! Do not be complacent to think that it hasn’t happened to you and won’t happen in the recent future.