When it comes to web hosting, security is one of the most important aspects. Regardless of the size of your website, site security is important to ensure that your hard work is not put to waste if your site gets hacked. Talking about web hosting, a Shared Hosting service is one of the most common and preferred hosting types due to its affordability and easy availability. However, it is also vulnerable to many security issues since the server is shared between multiple websites. Hence, as a site owner using a Shared Hosting account, you must learn how to safeguard your account against viruses, malware, hackers, etc. In this article, we will share some tips to help you secure your Shared Hosting account.
- Choose a hosting provider carefully
The security of your website largely depends on the security measures and tools deployed by the hosting provider. Not all hosting providers take security with an equal amount of seriousness. Hence, it is important to buy web hosting from a provider that prioritizes security over other aspects. Having said that, in today’s times, with aggressive digital marketing techniques, it can get difficult to differentiate between the good and not-so-good ones. Also, all site owners are not tech experts to understand hosting infrastructures and assess their security levels. While reviews can help you determine the better ones, ensure that you conduct comprehensive research before deciding.
- Use strong passwords
Most people are guilty of using easy-to-crack passwords that give hackers easy access to their accounts. A password that has any relevance to your life like your name, date of birth, or any other details from your personal life can be cracked by someone who gathers information about you. Hence, it is important to choose a password that is unique and irrelevant to your life. For example, a good password will be around 20 characters long and look like “Zkg8@JihJ&Lh^PzSdo#P”. Difficult to remember, isn’t it? But, difficult to crack too. While we will leave the remembering part to you, such passwords are very difficult to crack and ensure the security of your account.
- Run regular updates
Many Shared Hosting providers offer access to the administrative panel, allowing you to upgrade all installed software. If your provider does so, then ensure that you run those updates regularly. Most of these updates contain patches for security loopholes that make your website more secure. If your provider does not offer administrative access, then ensure that you check with him about the frequency of running updates and cross-check your software to see that it is updated. In case of a delay, you can reach out to him and ensure that the updates are run on time.
A firewall is an important software ensuring the security of your website. You can set rules that allow the firewall to allow/block traffic keeping most cyber-attacks at bay. Most tech giants and huge corporations are successful in ensuring security by using firewalls, among other measures.
There are many other ways in which you can secure your website on a Shared Server like using two-factor authentication for all logins, avoiding plugins or software from untrusted sources, using DDoS protection, etc. Based on the requirements of your website, ensure that you deploy the latest tools to keep your account safe.