By Andrew Thompson – Bigdropnic.com,
While thinking of website hosting, anyone may be concerned about security with the news about some major data breaches even with some of the top companies. In the US itself, there are many security leaks worth multimillion dollars getting reported recently. Data breaches are there in case of user credentials, log in details, demographics to even credit card or internet banking details. Media exclusively cover all these as a threat to big financial corporations and banks etc. However, by seeing these, people tend to believe that only large businesses and corporate firms are at risk of data breaches and hacks, but it isn’t true. Databases on hosting servers and cloud of all sizes and varieties have an equal amount of risk of intrusion and piracy if you don’t take appropriate measures.
On developing or owning a website, you need to consider the security standards as the most vital aspect of well being of any site, big or small. This is the reason why the website owners are bombarded with many warnings and alerts of security threats and vulnerabilities in their inbox with a lot of sales pitch by the security solutions providers. While thinking of WordPress hosting, you also should be well aware of how to deal with these real risks and avoid the threat of security leaks.
Getting adequate knowledge is the primary step to ensure reliable protection of your online site. Compared to hard-nosed websites, WordPress development is much easier and quicker with its custom development features, instantly usable plugins and themes. When it comes to hosting, further we will discuss some of the best practices in website management and hosting operations, and also some inputs to consider while choosing a hosting service provider.
WordPress hosting security features to look for
While thinking of WordPress Hosting, we tend to choose any one plan from a handful of options given by the providers. The choices range from shared hosting to dedicate server and cloud. In fact, hosting providers usually take care of many of the default security measures for all the hosting plans, but based on the specific plan you choose, you may also inquire what features the providers offer to meet your security needs. Here are some inputs to equip you to inquire about it in a better way.
1. Backup of data and restoration points
People don’t think of backup by default as an essential security consideration. However, backup is important to ensure security and also require security. Backups need to be done properly and also kept at a secured location, which is different from the primary server and also follows the other essential security steps. Secured backup by the service providers will ensure a trusted repository to maintain the most recent copies of the data and system which can be deployed to maintain and restore if needed, a clean and known system for smoother operation.
In hosting, redundant backup of website database and systems is a mission-critical feature to ensure security. While looking at the host reviews, this may be one thing which you should pay close attention to.
While enquiring about backup, you may ask the provider about their backup schedule and the restoration policies. The questions can be specifically asked as
- How frequently they conduct backups as daily, monthly, or weekly?
- Will there be support professionals who are responsible for the restoration of your site from the backup in case if the need arises?
- Are the backups are accessible to you also from another location or for their purpose only?
- Will they take responsibility of finding and restoring all corrupted files or they do a complete restoration from the most recent backup?
- Will the old backups are kept separately with different time tags which you can ask for, or they do backup only from the most recent backed up file?
A professional WordPress hosting provider or branding firm will be answering these questions to your satisfaction. If you find no clarity in answers to these questions, it is better to look for alternative options too before finalizing the service.
2. Monitoring network
Along with backup, the next big consideration is to see if the hosting provider has a close monitoring system for the internal network to detect any unusual activities or intrusions at the first point itself and prevent it. Close and diligent monitoring is an essential need when you look for third-party WordPress hosting as it will help stop any malware spread before it intrudes the server which hosts your website.
While reviewing the service with hosting provider, you may ask for the details as to how the support people monitor the internal network, whether there is dedicated support staff for this function, and what parameters they check for to ensure compliance. Professional hosting providers will have a guidebook for network security practices which they can share with you. There are many standard policies and procedures which an ideal network management team must follow.
3. DDoS Prevention, SSL security, and firewalls
DDoS or Distributed-Denial-of-Service attacks may occur while there is overwhelming traffic for any reasons for your website. This may render the requests useless to the website visitors.
Prevention of DDoS starts right at the network level with the use of a perfect firewall. In fact, there are a few limitations too as to how the firewall may work in case of a DDoS attack or stop it from occurring.
While approaching a WordPress hosting provider, check if they can give you a heads up on how their firewalls are deployed and which intrusions they can stop. You may also ask for the details as to what measures the security team employs to prevent such security threats. On the other hand, if you have your own mechanisms to manage on the server, then you may check how to augment it with what additional security features the provider offer. Check at which stage the monitoring team will inform the potential problems to the site owners or administrators.
Also, ensure that the hosting provider offers SSL certificate available. Even though it is the site owner’s responsibility to implement the SSL certificate, you cannot do it if it isn’t available with the host. So, make sure of it at the first point itself.
Along with what we discussed above, you may also check the antivirus used, malware removal practices, availability of support, disaster recovery mechanisms, etc. to ensure that you don’t compromise on security while availing WordPress hosting services.