Data Security in Managed Hosting
The Internet has definitely evolved in a very interesting manner over time. On the one hand, there are an increasing number of great web sites available with each day that passes. Alternatively, there are more and more people who are simply after data and information. There’s a lot of money on the table these days and there are, unfortunately, people who are even willing to steal in order to get their hands on your data.
Let’s assume that you are an affiliate marketer: in other words, a person who considers data (keywords that convert, clickthrough rates and such) extremely important. Would you be willing to risk losing thousands upon thousands of dollars just so you can save a buck? The below principle is valid for all webmasters, not just affiliate marketers:
If It Sounds Too Good to Be True, It Probably Is
A lot of web site owners are excited whenever they see all sorts of attractive managed hosting offers. They see all kinds of companies offeringÂ managed dedicatedservers for low monthly prices and automatically think that they need to take action. But just who is behind the company in question? How long has the company been in business?
These are just two examples of questions that all webmasters should ask themselves but donâ€™t. Way too many people think that every web hosting company should be trusted and that is definitely not a good idea.
Think Twice Before Taking Action
There are many great designers available these days, so a company only needs to spend 3 figures in order to have an extremely professional-looking web site. In other words, you should definitely never judge a web hosting company based upon the design of its web site. Scammers are unfortunately becoming smarter and smarter. They are well aware of the fact that they need to â€œbrandâ€ themselves as a very professional company and they do just that.
Always search, search and search some more before making your final decision. If something smells â€œfishyâ€ (for example, no posts about the company on well-known forums such as WebHostingTalk.com), there is a good chance that the company lacks credibility. In some cases though, the company is not the entity that does the actual scamming.
This is especially valid when it comes toÂ managed dedicated hosting. As the name suggests, you will not be the only person who has access to the server and itâ€™s easy to understand how this could lead to potential problems. If the person who manages your server wants to steal your data, there are countless ways to do it.
Whom Should You Trust?
Unfortunately, there will never be a way to be 100% sure that the person who manages your server has nothing but good intentions, but what you can do is try your best to avoid potentially unpleasant situations. Always try to find a hosting company that has â€œbeen around the blockâ€ for quite a while because youâ€™ll at least know that the folks behind it have enough experience to hire the right people.
Itâ€™s far more likely that things go wrong with a newer company, no matter how enthusiastic the people behind it may be. You can never buy experience, this much is certain. Whom should you trust? Reliable information:
Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst
The most important thing is not being caught off guard. Even if someone were to have intentions such as deleting everything on your server, you can still be prepared by always backing up your data. If the person who manages your server:
- Somehow deletes everything in order to either cause harm or even make money by redirecting your web siteâ€™s traffic somewhere else, simply switch hosts quickly, and then revert to your most recent backup
- Alters the code of some of your pages in the hope that you wonâ€™t notice that a portion of your traffic is being redirected somewhere else, do the same thing: simply switch hosts quickly and revert to your most recent backup
- Creates â€œleech pagesâ€ (usually spam pages which take advantage of your web siteâ€™s authority) in the hope of making money and going by unnoticed, change hosts as fast as you can (before Google, Yahoo! and other search engines ban you because those pages exist) and revert to your most recent backup
As you can see, a little bit of planning goes a long way. Backing up your data will only take a few minutes each month and thatâ€™s not exactly a huge price to pay for piece of mind. At the end of the day, being paranoid and not taking advantage of managed hosting plans isnâ€™t an option either: simply play it smart by being prepared and youâ€™ll be just fine.
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