How to Choose a Security Focused Web Hosting Plan

Website security is a top priority for businesses and individuals alike. Whether you are running an e-commerce store or a personal blog, safeguarding sensitive data and protecting your online presence from potential threats is non-negotiable. That’s why choosing a security-focused website hosting plan is a crucial step in fortifying your website’s defenses against cyberattacks. Here are a few of our best suggestions to consider when selecting a hosting plan for your website.

SSL/TLS Encryption

The foundation of a fully protected hosting plan starts with SSL and/or TLS encryption. These protocols establish a 256-bit key encrypted connection between your website and your visitors’ browsers. This is done by using session and private key encryptions for all data transmissions. Look for hosting providers that offer free SSL certificates that provide the essential padlock symbol and “https” in the address bar, as this will inspire trust among your site visitors.

Over an above having free SSLs for web and email hosting, a hosting provider should also be providing the option to purchase SSL Certificates and Wildcard SSl Certificates.

Firewalls and Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS)

Your website hosting should include robust firewalls and Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) to ward off malicious traffic and potential threats. Firewalls act as a protective barrier, filtering out unauthorized access attempts, while IDS monitors and alerts you about any suspicious activities on your website.

One of our preferred providers for malware and vulnerability patching is Patchman with their comprehensive full spectrum security protection and powered by Sitelock. Imunify 360 is another of our approved providers, as they offer a very comprehensive defense system for our Linux web hosting servers that detects and prevents security breaches.

Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) Protection

DDoS attacks can cripple a website’s performance by overwhelming the hosting server with an avalanche of fake requests. A reliable hosting plan should offer DDoS protection, which mitigates the impact of such attacks and keeps your website accessible and functional.

Regular Software and Security Updates

Outdated software can be an open invitation to hackers. Choose a website hosting provider that regularly updates server software and security protocols to stay ahead of potential vulnerabilities and loopholes. At Hosted.com we have sourced some of the top providers of online, malware, vulnerability and server security to ensure our clients’ hosting safety.

Bitninja is one of our approved providers for superior server security for both our domain and hosting environments. Monarx is another of our providers that ensures safeguarding our clients’ websites against cyber attacks.

Backups and Restoration Options

Website disasters can strike at any time, for example accidental file deletions. To safeguard your data and prevent potential data loss, choose a website hosting plan that offers regular automated backups. These backups serve as a safety net, allowing you to restore your website to a previous version if anything goes awry.

We are proud to use Acronis to ensure the online safety and data integrity of our clients’ data, with their state of the art backup and recovery solution.

Choosing a web hosting plan that offers strong online protection is essential for safeguarding your website from cyber threats and maintaining a trusted online presence. Prioritize hosting providers that offer SSL/TLS encryption, automated backups, firewalls, IDS, DDoS protection, cyber-security and regular software updates. By taking these security measures, you can confidently focus on growing your online presence while knowing that your website is well-protected against potential risks. Invest in a secure hosting plan today and keep your website safe and sound!

KEY TAKEAWAYS

– SSL/TLS encryption is a must-have for protecting data transmission and ensuring your website’s credibility.
– Firewalls and IDS add an extra layer of defense against any malicious traffic and threats.
– DDoS protection ensures your website remains operational even during intense attack attempts.
– Ensure your providers does regular software and security updates to keep your website secure by patching potential security weaknesses.
– 24/7 Monitoring, daily backups and recovery solutions must also be a prerequisite as well.

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