Shared hosting, affordable, easy to access, and safe. The last part is a matter of debate. Shared hosting is the type of hosting in that users host their websites and then make them accessible to all users worldwide. But how do you know if the savings of a few dollars is worth it? If you run blogs and don’t have the actual data and you don’t store any data, then yes. I suggest sharing hosting 100 percent. However, if your hosting needs are more than this. Get off the couch take a sip of coffee, continue reading and then scream.
Shared hosting is something that I’ve done a lot of study on security. Yes, servers can be safe, your site could be secured (in some way) however, do you realize the number of other websites you’re sharing the server If you log into the Pyramid Security dashboard and are using a shared hosting plan the vulnerability tab will show you every site you share your server with.
Why does this significant? It’s because hackers can gain access to the website that is least secure, and ultimately this means that your servers have been compromised. If your servers are compromised, the attacker could then create backdoors, and get access to your data. This is a common occurrence and is also a risk. To summarize this issue when an attacker hacks into a site that shares a server (shared hosting) your website also has the likelihood of being compromised because your server is also.
Okay, but you think your website is secure, right? What happens if one website of other companies is hacked? The attacker has gotten into the server. The hacker could alter multiple configuration files and then access any website he wants. Sharing hosting is an affordable option, but they aren’t always secure. Any hosting provider that claims it is 100% secure with their shared hosting would steer clear of it. There is no guarantee that everything is safe… as of yet. Likely, it will never be.
Another issue that I’ve seen when hosting on shared servers is DoS/DDoS attacks. The term “DDoS” or “DoS” refers to a Distributed Denial of Service attack is the attack where an attacker floods a website’s server with tons of fake traffic, causing the server and the site to be shut down. If you’re offline, you lose customers and even cash. If you’re sharing a server hundred websites. One of those sites is being targeted by a denial of service attack. Although your site wasn’t the attack, you’re sharing the exact server, with the identical IP and odds that your website needs to gear up as it could go offline.
Do not let this deter you from pursuing. Shared hosting is great for blogs and other websites but if you want to host your company’s site on it, the one that you use to store important customer data I’d suggest looking for something safer than sharing a website with someone else. I would always suggest using a virtual private server (virtual private server) or, of course, running your server on your own to ensure maximal security.
If you are using a shared hosting service and you wish to look at all the websites they share, just visit your dashboard at pyramidsec.io and conduct a scan of your site. In the first section located under “Vulnerabilities” when the scan is completed, you’ll be able to view the entire list of sites. You might be surprised by the number of other websites that are hosted on your server and how vulnerable those sites might be.