How do you protect your system from being hacked by evil entities on the web? The most probable answer would be to stay up-to-date with the most current security practices to keep your server protected at any given time. Having a Virtual Private Server (VPS) means that your website is hosted in a server environment that looks like your own. To ensure that you are well protected from threats make sure that your VPS is completely separated from other servers on the system that you are being hosted. It means you are the only one who has access to the programs and files that you install.
Look for a host that sponsors a high security data center. The data center should provide you with enough uninterrupted power supply, especially when there are power outages. In addition to this your VPS should also have fire doors and multiple levels of security in access control, which ensures that you are in full command of your access to your own files and programs.
There are many reasons why a system fails ranging from poor software setup that can easily be corrupted to a complete hardware breach that can cause physical damage to your system. It is unwise to assume that this will not happen to you because of the time spent on creating a back-up for your VPS. The best steps that one can take is to learn how to back up your data by seeking for this information online or by consulting the company or system manual that goes with the VPS server service provided to you by your host.
Since there are ways of hacking into your files that change daily, it means that you need to keep your software updated at all times. Plug all the potential security holes in your firewall so that this cannot be infiltrated by malicious codes and hackers. Your host should also provide you with a control panel so that you can restart, troubleshoot or backup your VPS without a need to contact your host. You can reboot your own systems independently and have independent users, IP addresses, processes, system libraries and configuration files.
Save yourself the trouble of rebuilding your VPS from scratch by keeping back-ups. You can also ask for backup software that can enable you to overwrite any current files of the same name on the server. This software will reboot your VPS to restore your system upon completion which usually takes around 10 seconds to 2 minutes. To ensure stability backups, these are done in a staggered manner which means two servers in the same host machine will not back up all in the same time. Usually a VPS will do scheduled backup every 24 – 36 hours depending on their policy.
So How to Actually Backup My VPS
If your website depends on Virtual Private Server (VPS), you need to know how to back up and restore your data in a simple way. Most newbie webmasters turned administrator fall into a costly trap of saving their data because they have neglected to look for measures on how to properly create backup files. It is important to make daily backups of your bot’s userfile on your system instead of relying too much on the backup file on the shell. The right way to create your backup is to FTP to the shell and download the bot’s userfile to your system. In the event that something goes totally wrong and this userfile is lost, you can upload your backup file to the bot’s directory and type the word .reload in DCC to restore it.
In case of an untoward event such as power outage or hacking, if you subscribe to a good host they will help you with your file transfers to make the process go on without a hitch. Easy transfers are possible if the new environment and control panel are the same as the old host or server. Your host will charge you an additional rate if the file transfers will necessitate the need of some new programs or configuration. Using a Linux VPS rather than Windows saves on licensing fees. Another advantage of using Linux is its memory efficiency.
Ask your web hosting company if they will provide you with backups to ensure that there would be no files lost. Some hosting companies will only allow about 25GB space and if you require more than that on a particular VPS, the backups will be removed from their system without prior notice. The usual protocol is to purchase additional backup service if it exceeds the limit given by the hosting company. VPS owners are advised to back their own files in their local drive or additional backup service. Web hosts will usually charge you a fee for restoring your files.
Your network uptime should be guaranteed by your host provider since any uncalled for situations such as power failure or network glitch, you can still have the advantage of eliminating any single point of failure in your hardware. Data restoration is not a speedy process because of things that must be considered such as the volume of data being stored, compression, network file transfers, decompression, restoration, integrity checks and other variables. For large nodes, the restoration process will take several days. If you are a VPS owner and keeping your data is critical because it is the source of your livelihood then having a backup is a priority.