Secure Hosting

Whether you are publishing a small personal blog or a complex online store, it’s necessary to make sure that malicious individuals won’t harm your hard work, especially if you have invested plenty of time, effort and money to it. While you’re concerned about trying to make your website safe and works properly, you should put enough effort into choosing a secure web hosting provider that can enforce a highly secure environment. If your budget is tight or you’re not too knowledgeable in secure hosting, you may think that it is better to choose a shared hosting plan that offer good and affordable features.

A secure web hosting should include antispam and antivirus solutions, SSL, secure hosting control panel, anti-denial of service and most importantly a reliable support team that is both skilled and genuinely wants to help you.

Secure POP3, Secure FTP, SSH and SSL are also four things that you need to shield users from intrusions that can compromise sensitive data such as passwords, email messages and configurations. These features enable encryption between your website and users’ home computer while browsing the website, making transactions, checking the inbox and transferring files.

* By enabling secure POP3 in your server, it’s possible to download email messages securely using a mail client, even in public places, such as a café with hotspot connection. Your data will be encrypted, so your password and messages will be too difficult or impossible to crack.

The SSL also ensures secure transaction if you run an online store, however some web hosts don’t include it in the hosting package and you need to purchase it separately. Some providers advertise that SSL is included in the plans, while those plans are actually SSL-ready. Also, you may need to purchase certificate and dedicated IP address, which further increases the cost.

* A secure hosting should be proofed against denial of service as it is a common way hackers use to disable your website or online service. Denial of service often causes significant financial losses, especially if you have an online business. You should make sure the secure hosting include Anti-DoS in the features list.

* Plesk and cPanel are two common hosting control panels and they’re proven to be quite secure. They offer you the ability to manage the website, such as installing a website platform, adding sub-domain, creating email accounts, working with files and many others. Your website should have one of them and make sure you get the latest version.

* Antivirus and antispam systems are two indispensable things that are required both in home computers and servers. Viruses are almost as old as personal computers and they are simply everywhere, so make sure your web host updates the antivirus regularly. The anti-spam feature helps you to filter and remove hundreds of junk emails that go into your inbox every day.

Even the most secure hosting plan on the planet won’t be able to protect you for long if you fail to actively take part in making your activities more secure. For example, choose complex password that combine lower-case and upper-case alphabets as well as numbers, that can’t be broken easily with brute-force or dictionary methods.