With elections approaching in Europe and globally, there’s a heightened risk of DDoS attacks disrupting websites and online services. This is especially true for those on shared hosting, where an attack on another tenant can cause collateral damage.

CyberSolace recently experienced this first-hand and gained valuable insights from it in terms of improving our website’s resilience to such attacks.

Protecting a shared hosting website from Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks is crucial to maintain its availability and performance. Here are some general guidelines to safeguard your business website in case this is an area of concern for you:

Choosing the Right Hosting Provider:

DDoS Protection:  Look for a provider with a strong reputation for DDoS mitigation. They should offer features like:

  • Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) that filter traffic before it reaches your server.
  • Traffic scrubbing that identifies and removes malicious traffic.

Basic Security Measures:

  • Web Application Firewall (WAF): Deploy a WAF to filter out malicious traffic. It can block suspicious requests and protect against common attack vectors.
  • Keep Software Updated: Outdated software can have vulnerabilities attackers exploit.
  • Strong Authentication: Use complex passwords and 2-factor-authentication for all website logins and applications.
  • Least Privilege Principle: Limit and audit website access as needed. Only grant necessary permissions to users and avoid excessive privileges.

Mitigating an Attack:

  • Contact Your Hosting Provider: They have a vested interest in keeping their servers operational and should have protocols for handling DDoS attacks.
  • Consider a specialist 3rd-party service: Some 3rd-party services can offer free plans with basic DDoS mitigation, which can be a lifesaver during an attack.

Shared Hosting Limitations:

  • Be aware that shared hosting providers might have limitations on what you can do to mitigate a DDoS attack due to the shared nature of the server resources.
  • If DDoS attacks are a serious concern, consider a Virtual Private Server (VPS) or dedicated hosting plan. These offer more control and security features.

Remember that DDoS attacks can strike unexpectedly, so being proactive and prepared is essential. Regular risk assessments, monitoring, and a layered defense strategy will help protect your shared hosting website effectively.

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