Linux, Web Hosting, and Everything Else in Between
Linux, Web Hosting, and Everything Else in Between

5 Dedicated Server Security Vulnerabilities and How to Troubleshoot Them

dedicated servers security

Having your own private server gives the freedom of configuring the server to suit your brand. It is also possible to upgrade server hardware to boost its efficiency in handling complex tasks. Dedicated servers don’t take long to set up, especially if they’re managed. They come with high-security encryption to ensure data is protected from intruders. You get your own IP address and all the resources in that particular server are exclusively yours to take advantage of.

Like other hosting options, hackers have become bolder and are constantly devising schemes to attack dedicated servers. As an organization or business with an active website, it is important to always be aware of the imminent threats facing your server.

Accordingly, it is time you became sure about the security in your fort. Always troubleshoot your dedicated server for the following threats.

Dedicated Denial of Service (DDoS)

Hackers may not be able to infiltrate your front door but they can make it hard for everyone else to go through the same door, including you. Dedicated Denial of Service is a malicious attack that involves spamming a website with multiple requests to overwhelm its dedicated server. It could be as simple as sending fake traffic to your website making it impossible for the server to process the incoming request. The result is your website crashing leading to loss of business.

Install firewalls that block out this bad traffic. With a bigger budget, you could invest in DDoS prevention hardware that will be connected to your server and detect all fake traffic. Both methods will ban the fake traffic from reaching your website hence maintaining its integrity. Some hosting providers include DDoS protection by default with their hosting plans. Game servers are often targets of DDoS attacks. If you own a public game server, you might want to look into DDoS protection.

Password Breach

Sadly, most web owners never invest in stronger passwords. Using simple passwords like a birthday or personal names is a walkover for a hacker who’s interested in breaching your password security.

Coming up with a longer password that involves unique characters is the only sure way to keep hackers guessing. Most people disable password authentication on their servers and use more secure methods like 2FA or private keys.

Malware Threats

A malware is a malicious program that can be attached to your URL or software that online users interact with on your website. Malware includes viruses, worms, Trojans, or spyware designed to disrupt processes or stealing information from your website.

Always troubleshoot your website for any anomaly like unusual ads or requests from your own software. Update your malware detection software to stay current with the latest malware threats. Always double-check what software you’re downloading and where you’re downloading it from.

Vulnerabilities in Your Software

It is possible for your dedicated server to be breached through the software that runs on it.

It is important to always update your software to ensure that it has the latest security patches. Sticking to outdated software leaves you vulnerable to attacks. Make sure you’re using software that’s actively updated and patched.

Insufficient Hardware

Similarly, server hardware can slow down your site or leave it open to attacks if you do not upgrade it.

Always upgrade your RAM, CPU capability, and Storage to ensure your dedicated server is able to handle complex tasks like troubleshooting for possible threats. Hackers are constantly launching new attacks on websites and if your server is always stopping to catch a breath, it puts your website in trouble.

And a lot more

Though dedicated hosting has premium advantages, it also comes with its fair share of vulnerabilities. These 5 are only the tip of the iceberg. Constantly troubleshoot your dedicated servers for new threats like the ones listed above to ensure you are always protected, and make sure you know what you’re doing. If you don’t you can outsource the server management to a 3rd party. Another alternative is using cloud hosting, which is a bit easier to manage, though it still has its fair share of security measures you need to take.

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