Protecting Server Against DDoS Attacks
Take some time to think about what would happen if your web server crashed – even for just a few hours. Most likely, you’d lose out on a significant amount of revenue. It is especially true if you rely on your website to sell products. At the very least, your website visitors would be frustrated at the inability to access your site. It could tarnish your company’s reputation and potentially lead to lost customers.
By understanding what this attack is you can take the proactive measures to protect your server, while reducing your risk of falling victim to one.
What Are DDoS Attacks?
The ultimate goal of this attack is to flood enough traffic to the targeted site so that its network resources are depleted and the server crashes completely. Even if the server doesn’t crash, the site may be slowed down significantly, and users may have trouble accessing it.
There are many types of DDoS attacks, but the end-goal is similar for all of them. In some cases, an attacker may even hold a site “hostage,” demanding payment from the owners to restore access to the server.
Is Your Site at Risk?
What Are the Ways to Protect Your Server?
Be Aware of DDoS Attack Red Flags
One of the most common signs that could indicate this attack is a sudden slow-down in connection speeds to your site. You may begin to receive reports from users that your site is no longer accessible. Your regular users might also complain that pages are loading very slowly. Additionally, if you lose access to your website and there is no planned server outage, you’ve likely fallen victim to it.
If you experience any of these red flags, you need to contact your hosting company immediately so that restorative steps can be taken.
Monitor Your Web Traffic Closely
Utilize a Content Distribution Network
Take Common-Sense Security Measures
Taking time to check for and install security updates regularly can also help to improve performance and protect your server from known vulnerabilities.
Develop a Plan to Respond to an Attack
These are some of the best measures you can take to protect your server from an attack. Hopefully, you’ll never have to react to one on your server – but if you do, having a response plan in place is vital.