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Protecting Your Online Business: Preventing and Recovering From Attacks on Your Site

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Protecting Your Online Business: Preventing and Recovering From Attacks on Your Site


Now that you know how your online business can be attacked, it’s time to figure out ways that you can use to prevent them from happening. Many of these ideas are actually simple to implement, so any online business owner should take a look at them. No website can be made completely untouchable to dedicated groups of malicious individuals, however there are various ways that can be put forward to reduce the chance of an attack, as well as immediately stop the damage if one does happen.

  • Choose your hosting wisely

Your web host is where your site will be residing so it is extremely important that you choose one that takes security seriously. Avoid free and very cheap hosts, as they often tend to make compromises about security in order to achieve such cheap prices. Before selecting a web host, read some independent user reviews to see if that company has had any serious issues with hacking and security in the past and how they helped their users recover from damage and secure their site if an attack has occurred.

While this option may not be the best choice for everyone, using a VPS or dedicated hosting type instead of shared hosting offers much better security than a shared hosting server, where all websites are put together on one server, thus making it easier for malware to spread. If your business grows, investing in top quality hosting might be a good choice.

  • Maintain backups of your site

Having regular backups of the entire contents of your website is very important as this is what will help you recover should your site have been attacked. There are many web hosting companies which do daily backups of your site for you (or at least claim they do) or let you create a backup copy of your site and keep it on their servers. However, there are many hosting customers that have expressed dissatisfaction that when they needed them, the backups were not available or they had extreme difficulty getting their web host to restore their website to the way it was before. Therefore, it is always a good idea to maintain regular backups either locally, or on a remote backup server that is not run by your main web host.

Having a backup copy of your site is the only way that you can restore it back to how it was in case it is compromised, so it is not a step that you should skip, even though it may take a bit of time and effort. Remember, restoring a site from backup will require less energy and cause less down time than trying to rebuild a website that has lost all of its content from zero.

These are two main things that you can do to better protect your business, but of course they’re not the only actions you can take to increase your site’s security. Tomorrow we will look at more methods that you can use to ensure your site’s protection.

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Web Hosting Choices For Online Business: Which Kinds of Hosting to Avoid

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Web Hosting Choices For Online Business: Which Kinds of Hosting to Avoid


Anyone that is putting up a website needs to have quality web hosting for it. The type of web hosting that you would select would vary depending on your needs and objectives online. However, if you want to start an e-commerce site that would be the main source of income for your business, or if you are an internet marketer, you need hosting that is of the highest quality. Here are some types of web hosting that are better avoided:

  • Free web hosting

There are hundreds of free web hosting services. There are also various types of business models in the free hosting industry. Some put up text ads on your site. Others put in banners or popup ads. Some do not put ads on your site at all. While certain people think that free hosting with no ads may be sufficient for a serious business, this is quite a mistake to make. Free web hosts often are not as reliable as some of the better (and not free) web hosting companies out there. Just read some of the comments on message board. You will find plenty of complaints of people’s accounts getting deleted for nebulous reasons, slow or unreliable servers, etc. Some of these hosts will also pressure you to buy their “premium” hosting if you find their free option to be not suitable for you. It is just not worth the trouble, as by saving $10 a month, you might be losing thousands in sales if your site goes down.

  • Very cheap hosts

These hosting companies are small web hosts that charge maybe $1 or $2 a month for hosting. This may seem all good, except that they often suffer from the same problems than free web hosts: lack of reliability. Many of these small, “bargain basement” hosts often oversell, which means that they overload their servers in an effort to make money. This can cause downtime and your site to load very slowly, especially at periods of peak traffic. Their support could also be severely lacking, and often consists of just one or two people who answer emails or occasionally appear on the live chat on their website.

  • Local hosting companies

Let’s clarify one thing: not all smaller, local web hosting firms are bad. In fact, some of them may have world class data centers and provide top notch service to their webmasters. The issue here is that many of these hosting companies have not established their reputation yet in the industry and as such you may have a hard time finding independent reviews of them. Furthermore, a lot of smaller local hosting firms have smaller budgets. Thus they may not be able to afford to have the latest hardware and the fastest connections to the internet. They may also not have the staff necessary to offer you around the clock tech support, which is a necessity if you are running an e-commerce site.

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Why Avoiding “Cheap” Hosts is a Good Idea

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Why Avoiding “Cheap” Hosts is a Good Idea


When searching for web hosting, you may have seen companies that offer you really inexpensive hosting, such as $2 a month for an unlimited plan without any commitment. Obviously, these prices are attractive, but there must be some catch, right? Well in many cases, these hosting companies are places that you should stay away from if you are serious about your online business. Here are some reasons as to why:

  • They are usually not real “web hosting companies”

What is meant by that is that they don’t have their own offices, staff, servers and connections. In most cases, these cheap hosting providers actually rent a server from another web host and then resell the space to their customers in an effort to make money. But what could be worse is simply one person buying a server and then plugging it into their internet connection at home. Obviously, don’t expect much in terms of reliability with that kind of arrangement.

  • They don’t provide good support

It would be very rare for such a company to give you 24/7 customer service and technical support. In most cases, the only way you have of getting in touch with them is by email or by opening up a support ticket on their website. It can take several hours, or even days for them to get back to you. Don’t assume that if they have a toll free number and claim that they offer “24/7 support” that they are actually a real hosting company with staff standing by to take your call. Any kid can get a toll free number and then just forward it to his cell phone. Many times, you will find that when you try calling them, no one is available and you are told to leave a message.

  • They haven’t built a reputation in the web hosting industry

These inexpensive hosts are usually “no name” companies that have not built a reputation and have not been reviewed by many customers. As such, you will have trouble actually trying to find out whether they offer good service or not. Buying hosting from a reputable company is the key when you want stable and secure hosting. Consider this: which one would be a better MP3 player? A real iPod, or some Chinese imitation that sells for $10? The same principle applies to web hosting as well. You are much better off sticking with the known companies and brands if you want decent service.

  • Security and reliability could be a further problem

Professional web hosting companies know how to keep their servers running in optimal condition and how to secure them from attacks by hackers, viruses and malware. A no-name hosting company might not. In fact, they may cut down costs by not even making any backups, so if data is lost due to a server malfunction or hacking, it could be gone forever unless you have made your own backup copy first.

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Free Web Hosting Services – Are They Any Good?

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Free Web Hosting Services – Are They Any Good?


When looking for a web host, you may have come across so called “bannerless free webhosting providers” or hosting providers which let you host your site for a very low price, such as $2 per month. Many internet marketers or online entrepreneurs who are on a limited budget may like the prospect of getting webhosting that is free or that is extremely cheap. These hosting providers often advertise in internet marketing forums and some get the bulk of their customers there. However, there are a few pitfalls from using such a type of host.

Unlike established web hosting companies, free or very cheap web hosts are often run by just one person or a few people which often have little experience in the field of webhosting. As such, you may encounter the following problems:

Reliability problems.

No one really knows whether their servers are going to stay up at all times. Sure, they may boast a 99.999999999% uptime guarantee… but can they really back it up? These hosts could be running on cheap servers sometimes located offshore in places where connectivity is not the most reliable.

Poor or nonexistent support.

The bigger webhosting companies have customer service and tech support teams that are available 24 hours a day and can be reached by using many different methods such as live chat, phone or email. Bargain basement hosts usually only offer support through email or a ticket system. Maybe live chat, but only when the operator is available, which will not be 24 hours a day.

Stealing traffic or other gimmicks.

Even if a free webhost says that they don’t put banner ads on your site, they could still do other things to try to earn revenue from sites hosted on their server, such as redirecting some of your traffic to another site and hoping that you won’t notice, making popup ads appear when loading your site, or worse, such as inserting malicious code in your site in order to infect visitors with malware. Of course, not all hosts do this, but some have been observed engaging in such practices.

This is not to say that all free or “dollar” webhosts are bad. Some may provide good service which would rival that of the best paid hosts out there. But, as a general rule, they are to be avoided if you are hosting an important website that you absolutely need to be up at all times. If you really want to use such a host, at least read some independent reviews left by other users to see what they have to say about a particular host, that way, you will at least be aware of which places to avoid.

If you are looking for better webhosting, you will find that plenty of professional web hosting companies exist which can offer you a plan for around $5 a month with no commitment or contract. You will be sure that you are dealing with a professional company in the webhosting industry.

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