Website security can be very complicated. It is a fact that Virtual Private Server (VPS) hosting and shared hosting may be particularly vulnerable to attacks by hackers who perform their work by uploading malware or other malicious code on a server.

Once the code is loaded, it can be activated automatically or be triggered unintentionally in the course of routine server maintenance work by an administrator.  It then becomes an imminent danger to all clients whose data is installed on that server.

These programs can also enter through the security vulnerabilities in a legitimate site, and the malware is used for anything from the theft of credit card data to the launch of a DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack that allows hackers to hijack an entire server and use it to attack other servers.
The question is: what do you have to look for when choosing your provider, and what steps are taken to keep hackers at bay? 

Here we present some basic concepts to keep in mind when you are evaluating your web hosting provider.

Determine if the SFTP is available

The Secure File Transfer Protocol is usually used to upload files to your server or in other cases, your cPanel account. Although it is usually a secure protocol, it still runs a risk of being attacked. Ask your web hosting provider if the SFTP is available to you since it adds an extra layer of protection that prevents files from being interrupted or changed during the transfer.

Use Firewall

A firewall is a program that can prevent unauthorized access to your web server.  Find a reliable firewall that is built to protect cPanel servers. There are different security server programs that not only block unauthorized access but also offer recommendations on how to better protect your server.

Install antivirus software

Anything that runs on the Internet is prone to infection by the virus. To protect your server from viruses, you must install an antivirus program for cPanel. One of the most popular antivirus programs used for cPanel is ClamAV, an open source application that scans directories and email for suspicious files.

Change your password regularly

One of the easiest ways to protect your server is to change the password regularly. Be sure, of course, to use a password that would be difficult for others to guess.

Keep cPanel updated
Make sure your cPanel is updated. The most recent version usually addresses prior issues, including security concerns. It is recommended to activate the automatic update when changing the configuration in “Server Configuration.”

Use a Rootkit scanner

A rootkit is a malicious program that compromises the security of websites by gaining access to your server without being noticed. Antivirus applications cannot usually detect it, so our recommendation is for you to install a rootkit scanner to protect your system from dangerous programs.

For more information about secure web hosting, be sure to call or chat with us online at www.Tier.Net.

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