If you have data on the web, in the cloud or on your machine, being conscious of security is vital. It would be great if there were no hackers, but there are, people and organizations who continually seek vulnerabilities so they can steal data and hijack machines for nefarious purposes.
Just as the dark side of the web seeks vulnerabilities, web hosting providers continuously strive to close them. Knowing that your site is how the world sees your business, it’s vital to take action and seek protection.
Security and Your Website?
As of the writing of this article there were 998,606,537 websites online. Meaning millions make their living, either full or part from their websites, thus it is crucial your site is secure and protected. Security is accomplished by choosing the right web host, one who will, in effect, operate as if they were your partner, not only renting you space but advising you on the online path to choose. They won’t be sharing your profits, but they are concerned about your success and operate with ‘cutting edge’ security tools.
There are countless ways a business can utilize a website, e-commerce, service or information based, but one thing sure is as you gain visibility your data becomes more critical, both to you and the end user.
Is There a Difference between Cloud Computing and Cloud Hosting?
Both cloud hosting and cloud computing refer to the “as a service” infrastructure model. The terms may change, i.e., “infrastructure as a service,” platform as a service,” or “software as a service,” but the concept is the same, cloud services take the burden off local servers and place them in the cloud (or on the web).
How to Choose a Cloud Web Hosting Provider?
The most important part of any business consideration, be it as complex as an acquisition, the location of your primary facility, or where and how to host your website, should be researched. To make an informed decision about any of these matters, it’s vital you know the facts. With facts, you’ll immediately see, and they know the right move, without it, you’re merely guessing.
Traditional web-hosting or cloud-based services are incredibly competitive, which places the person or business seeking facilities in a perfect scenario, control. Make your choice not merely on the best price, but also on customer service, security and scaling options. The desire is to have a cloud-based service that treats you as an online partner, not merely an entry on their balance sheet.
Server-Side Security What’s Available?
While the technical aspects of security need not concern you, here are a few things to look for:
- Hard-wired dedicated firewalls
- Software firewalls
- Up-to-date virus protection
- Cutting-edge anti-spyware
- Secure server rooms with on-site 24/7 security
- Staff that has passed stringent background checks
- Backup lower systems in place
Why Computer Are Hacked
There is no one right answer, and it’s a topic tossed around in forums continually. Some would argue the point, which by hackers testing the security of a system, they are, by that very act, helping to increase safety by pointing out vulnerabilities. While there could be an argument for that point of view, there are others who hack for malicious or criminal intent. Since there is no way to know whether someone is hacking for fun, sport or with criminal intent, web hosting companies strive to offer protection from any and all hackers, which is a continual war. While there are computers, there will always be whitehat, greyhat and blackhat hackers. Because of that, it essential your personal and online systems are protected around the clock. It’s your data, and unless you choose to share, it should remain private and secure.
THE BRUTAL TRUTH: Within hours, sometimes minutes of a computer being online, it is open and available to be probed by automated software that searches for vulnerabilities. If a security hole is found, the bot reports back, and a decision is made on how to exploit the system for either good or bad purpose. In cyberspace this happens millions, possibly billions of times a day, in the real world, our homes and businesses are under lock and key. None of us would like to return home and find a note saying, “I was here, your door was unlocked. I didn’t take anything, but you should get that lock fixed. See you around”. That would be construed as breaking and entering and we’d quickly call the police. It’s wrong in real life; it’s wrong in cyberspace.
There is another type of hacking, premeditated and criminal. IN the real world it would be akin to a thief breaking into your home whether locked or not, stealing your valuables or, if they have other intents, planting listening devices in your living room, monitoring your every move. Should this happen, the police are called, clues are gathered, and hopefully, the thieves are eventually caught. In cyberspace, things are different, the culprit could be across your city, or on the other side of the world, enjoying their spoils, very likely never to be caught. In some cases, companies, to protect their reputation, do not report security breaches, preferring to deal with it in-house.
The last, possibly most prevalent type of hacking is Graffiti hacking. This is a person or a group who prides themselves on breaking into systems to leave a message, often wiping out websites and damaging data or making a political statement.
Computers, web hosting, and cloud hosting, are now an integral part of our world, and it’s not likely to change, certainly not in our lifetimes. What this means to you is just this, choose the best web hosting company with the best security you can find. Whether hackers are doing it for fun, profit or to point out vulnerabilities, your data should be just that, your data, not subject to the whims of a hacker.
Choosing The Right Hosting Provider?
You’ll want a provider with a staff trained, certified and willing to go the extra mile, not simply to protect your data, but to ensure your success. Your site should be online 99.9% of the time with plans in place should “acts-of-god” interrupt their central systems.
That’s not a complete list of questions, but it should serve as a good starting point. See you in the cloud.