The popularity of DDoS prevention / mitigation services is increasing and the reason is that the method of this kind of attack’s execution is very well studied and well known to a lots of web hosting providers. DDoS stands for ‘Distributed Denial of Service’. DDoS attackers who are essentially also master crackers, only needs to create a network of compromise computers or aid of botnet which are are used collectively to attack on a web hosting server. DDoS attack is involved a high amount of artificial traffic flow. This high traffic flow caused in high consumption of bandwidth and packets on the web server to make it victim of DDoS attack. Not only high load of traffic but fake information requests also used on a large scale to bring down the web server, so that the genuine visitors and users will also loose the access of the same server.
DDoS Attack Prevention
There are many web hosting providers in India who provides effective DDoS Attack Protection services along with reliable web hosting services. These DDoS attack preventive services include use of various techniques to tackle hacking attacks which are also executed by using newer methods. The software and hardware used in such type of services are need to be updated on consistent basis as hackers and attackers keep studying all these things to overcome the security system.
All incoming traffic towards the web server is to be kept under inspection and a systematic analysis of all the traffic is need to be carried out to sort out the malicious traffic out of total traffic. As soon as any such malicious traffic is found which is generally from the same location is reported as threats detected through a specific alerts. Such alerts can save a web server before attack it done or before huge damage is done to the server after DDoS attack. Smart Web hosting companies also create a database of such attackers and hackers including the destination used for the attack, because this helps a lot to remain alert from such possibly dangers.
As Security is one of the most important concerns in the internet world for webmasters, they should always keep their security system arrangements up to the mark, because hackers are always searching for new possible techniques to control your website and misuse it for their motive. Security measures can be classified in many categories, but a securing a website should cover security of web application as well as security of the web hosting server on which the web applications and website are hosted. Here I would like the share the information over security options on a LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP) as it is the most widely found combination among Linux Hosting Servers.
Instances in which a Web Hosting Server responds to the web browsers which are used by the visitors of the particular website residing on that particular website, that server provides a particular ‘header information’. Apache web servers are known for publishing many details of its environment as well as sometimes PHP also can be found responding in such header parts. Hackers may take advantage of this exposure in such headers of you website. Furthermore if he succeeds in knowing the factors like the type of web hosting services, type of server used, the web hosting platform, the version of scripting engine and other applications then it becomes an easy task for hackers to trace specific bugs or security loopholes. This makes the task easy for hackers to achieve their motives.
But still one can configure both Apache and PHP in such a way that it will remain hidden and will keep the possible attackers in the dark.
The .htaccess stands for ‘Hypertext Access this file used for configuring a web hosting server and to control its activities. This file plays an important role in security and performance of the websites residing on that particular server. It is popular among webmasters for keeping control on their websites.
There are multiple ways to configure .htaccess file, in this post you can see following two important factors of .htaccess file.
Authentication and Authorization.
The .htaccess file controls and provides, authenticationa and authorization for the visitores of your website, it also has to ability to restrict certain pages of your websites from getting views by particular visitors. This is a great utility to get rid of spam-bots, spam mails, form submissions and uwanted comments. Through .htaccess file a webmaster can block any particular domain name of IP address from which is facing spammy visits. This was all about blocking the access and further more a webmasters can also set specific permitted access by setting password (.htpasswd file) for his websites, so that authorised people can only enter in to protected webpages which may contain sensitive data, of his websites. This uritlity is very useful for a blog or a collaborated website where multiple people are responsible for updating them.
Majority of Webmasters think that its wise decision to go for managed web hosting services. And the reasons may be different behind ‘why they think so?’ Many webmasters are also businessmen and they can not spend much time in managing their servers and websites. Almost all the web hosting service providers provide 27 X 4 support to their clients at an affordable rate. Going for unmanaged hosting involves lots of risks and also requires that much experience of server handling. Webmasters who are newbies and has never performed any activities regarding server modification and changes are supposed to go for managed web hosting and they also don’t have any other option because of lack of knowledge and experience.
Here I would like to raise some questions which can help each webmasters to make the decision between managed web hosting and unmanaged web hosting.
- Do you have enough access to web server in the hosting package you want to buy?
- Do you have enough experience and knowledge for fixing the Server issues?
- Do you have knowledge to patch a server remotely and with new security issues?
- Do your website has any special requirements which can not fulfilled by support staff of a web hosting services provider?
- How much you are going to save by selecting an unmanaged web hosting service?
- Can the time spent in server managing be utilized for more beneficial business activities?
After considering the above question one can judge easily either to go for managed hosting or unmanaged hosting.
For a webmaster its one of the most annoying thing to see his website down. When a website is not accessible, it stops all your business activities. Its little bit fair if such downtimes are informed by web hosting provider ones but unexpected downtime affects very badly to your businesses. There are various reasons of nonexistence of your online presence in the form of website’s downtime. In this post I would like to mention some frequent ones.
- Server connectivity failure :- This is the most frequent reason to make a website down and which takes place when Server is down or unreachable due to some issues with network or firewall and such issues causes a web server times out while attempting for connection.
- Timeout event while pageload :- When the connection is successful but web page takes more time to get loaded due to overloading of server or network connection, timeout event takes place.
- Error 503 Service Unavailable : When Server is temporarily fails to receive request of pageload due to corrupted software or getting overloaded.
- Connection refusal by server :- When server responds but refuses any connection due to get overloaded or internal server issues.
- DNS lookup Issue :- Due to faulty setting or incorrect configuration of DNS server setting related to domain name, DNS lookup issue arises and domain name can not be resolved.
So here we can understand the importance of the role which web hosting companies have to play to keep a website up for maximum time which is generally called Uptime. In case of Dedicated servers user has right to take charge of the server but due to some malfunctions performed by him may cause to suffer a downtime of the websites hosted on it. This is also applicable to VPS Hosting as Virtual Private Servers also provide few rights to their clients up to a certain limit.
Day by Day increase in technological standard, the insecurity in the data is also increased. This gave rise to the methods to protect the data to unauthorized people.The data from any means, database, web pages etc. Many people steal the data from the web pages and it is quite simple. If you wish that the new website you have launched should be available to only some users or a group of certain authorized group, or a global access to the website but but restricted access to some of the web pages. You should immediately to password protected directories Service.
This password protected service is also referred as password protected areas, which is a service empowering a limited access to a certain web page or to the entire web site itself. This is done by using the a unique log-in credentials for a certain web page for a limited number of the users. It is very simple process or utility and a very important also. You just need to send the log-in credential to the user you wish to grant access to the specific directory.
How does it works?
The user has to select the directory or the web page or entire web site to be protected. When it is done, only the users having the authorized login credentials will be able to view the page or the site which is protected. When any visitor tries to view the protected page, he/she will not be able to view unless the necessary login details are provided.
Password protection with Host.co.in Hosting
Enabling this facility with a certain directories is carried with few easy steps. This facility is a provided through the password protected area tool which comes with all hosting plans. You need to provide some details, user name and password. Also the domain and the subdomain that is to be protected with the particular directory path. As and when you provide the details you can click on the ‘Enable protection ‘ Button to activate the protection.
Static IP web hosting or Dedicated IP web hosting is one of the hosting solutions offered by web hosts. In this, a unique IP address is exclusively assigned for an individual domain. A visitor can type the domain name or even the IP address to access the website.
There is difference in the web hosting accounts, depending on whether the IP is unique or shared. An exclusively unique IP address can be purchased from the web hosting provider. These websites allow customers to upload the content and other files to their personal and secure web space. Such services are recommended for large businesses and e-commerce websites, as unique IP’s offer better security.
A website with a shared IP is more prone to attacks and spams. A major advantage of having a dedicated IP for a domain is that, it provides greater flexibility. One can install a private SSL certificate alongwith an anonymous FTP. An SSL certificate proves to be very useful for businesses that involves online payments, as it is encrypted. With FTP, individuals can share information on the World Wide Web. The public directory of a companies website can be accessed using a FTP software.
Once a dedicated IP is assigned to the web hosting account, an owner of a business gets more benefits for the website. A website with a dedicated IP gets rewarded in the SERP’s, which is one of the major factors for a business to succeed.
One can find number of web hosting providers who provide such services at reasonable prices. Prices do vary from company to company. Hence, it is important for an individual to do research in this regard. It is suggested to discuss the need of a dedicated IP for a domain with their web hosts, probably they are the best people to offer you the best solution.