Security Risks

Security Issues You will face with Your Shared Hosting Server

Did you know there are security risks with shared hosting?

As you know there are several different types of web hosting services and the most popular ones are shared hosting, Linux VPS hosting, Windows VPS hosting. dedicated hosting and managed hosting service. Most businesses, especially small enterprises go for shared web hosting as they consider it easier to use. Since you share resources with others in the same server, including the same IP address you will be facing serious security issues which may adversely affect your website and your business.

Even though the websites on a shared hosting server have separate content and separate domains, they are basically linked with the web server they share. For a typical shared server, websites ranging from a few to hundreds or thousands can be hosted depending on the server hardware. Small business owners consider shared hosting as the most affordable option but there are issues they will have to face:

  • Attack from Hackers – Your website will be affected when your neighbor’s site is hacked and if the security breach is serious enough to cause the whole server to be affected, then your website will be in a serious threat. The security breach also happens when your site is hacked and putting all your neighbors’ sites in jeopardy. 
  • IP Address Sharing – When you are using shared hosting, you will have to share the same IP address with your neighbors. This is somewhat normal, but you should be aware of the fact that if your neighbors do something bad it can affect your IP address also. For example, if your neighbor’s website is listed as spammy or get blacklisted, then anyone who shares that IP address will also get blacklisted, including your website. 
  • Sharing CPU and Memory Resources – With shared web hosting, you will be sharing CPU and memory with your neighbors. As CPU and RAM share resources, you will be provided with a guaranteed amount of disk space. It is possible that one of your neighbors utilizes more than his/her fair share and it can adversely affect you and other users.

VPS Hosting as an Alternate and Cost-Effective Solution

As an alternative to shared hosting, you should consider a Linux VPS hosting environment. Also known as virtual dedicated server hosting, VPS hosting does not allow system resources to be shared instead the service provider will divide server resources into virtual servers, where resources can be allocated in a way that does not directly exhibit the underlying server hardware.

Virpus.com offers both Linux VPS hosting and Windows VPS hosting.  If you choose any one of these services, you will be provided with benefits such as weekly backups, XEN virtualization, a powerful VPS management panel, RDNS/PTR management and free unmanaged support.