Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) is a type of viral attack where one vulnerable system is used to compromise many other systems by infecting them with malware. Then, attackers use all of them to attack a single target.
An overwhelming flood of incoming messages or traffic is sent to the target system forcing it to shut down, resulting in legitimate users being denied access. This type of viral intrusion, executed through what’s referred to as botnets, typically goes unnoticed until after the fact, thereby taking it to the top of the list when it comes to threats to internet security. So, how safe is your website from a DDoS attack?
“DDoS attacks often will be used to disguise nefarious schemes aimed at stealing intellectual property and taking over accounts, especially when the attacks are waged against smaller institutions,” states in the article on the Bank Info Security website about DDoS attacks.
Hackers will use spam, viruses and other types of malware to crowd out the real traffic coming to your network. But is there anything that you can do to protect your website and revenue stream from being interrupted by these attacks? Of course there is!
Note these eight simple things you can do to protect your website from hackers.
1. Use a Content Delivery Network
A CDN makes it easier for you to distribute IP addresses, domains and web assets, in turn making it harder for hackers using “nefarious schemes” to target your website.
2. Add DDoS and other security measures at the CDN level
Many CDN users will often overlook certain advantages such as caching and edge servers that add speed, reliability and scalability to your website.
In combination with CDN security, which can offer DDoS protection; web app firewalls and enhanced DNS services, these tools can help you fight back against hijacking attempts and other fast-growing threats to your website.
3. Introduce a DDoS mitigation solution to your network
Applying DDoS mitigation software to your network, data center, hosting site and origin servers can improve your chances of keeping your site up and running in the event of an attack.
4. Look into AT&T security solutions
As odd as it may sound, AT&T could easily be a small business owner’s ace in the whole. AT&T Protect Service DDoS Defense, provides early protection against service attacks and if one is detected, they will mitigate the attack before it can severely impair your business. Essentially giving you the option to be proactive, as opposed to just reactive, against hacker attempts.
5. Choose the right host
Make sure you purchase only the best when choosing a web host. A good host will attempt to stop attacks before they reach your website.
Some hosts will shut down your site if you are attacked to avoid hurting their other customers; this is a hosting company to whom you don’t want to give your money.
6. Use two – factor authentication
If you’re not using it, start now. One common way to hack into your website is your very own PC. It begins with a hacker tricking you into downloading something that tracks your keystrokes, and viola, they’ve got all your passwords.
Hackers are getting smarter, too, by updating the technology they use. Begin using two factor authentication. This works by giving you a one-time-use password in addition to your usual password. You are the only person to receive the one time password – your security is now doubled.
7. Get your own protection
You can get your own DDoS protection outside of the protection already in place by your web host. You can get a specialist DDoS protection service from a number of different providers. The services range from cheap to expensive, but the protection seems to be the same across the board. Besides, your web host should be running a protection already; this is only additional coverage.
8. Back it up
Back up your website and all of your CRM data. This cannot be repeated enough: do it more than once in a while. Do it once a month, if not more.
If something happens and your information is yanked away from you, you’re going to want a copy of it somewhere. .
But wait – the web host is backing it all up, so you don’t need to worry about it, right? Wrong! That web host could crash as easily as your website, then what will you do? Back everything up at least once a month.
If you can say you’ve done all of these steps, then you know how safe your website is from a DDoS attack. If you have no idea where you stand in any of these areas, get on it right away and find out. It’s worth it to avoid an epic crash of your system, resulting in loss of information and, worse yet, stolen data.
Don’t just assume that your website will never become a hacker target. Be proactive and take these steps to protect your website from attacks beforehand.
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