Virtual Private Servers (VPS) provide a reasonably priced environment by which business is frequently conducted on the internet. Multiple successful attacks have diverted attention to the need for increased security measures to be taken for VPS. Although many providers do an excellent job of providing this, there is much vulnerability that still exist and the need for enhancing current measures in great. As cyber-attacks become more sophisticated in their approaches, research into the trends in attack by type, method, patterns and motivation is helpful in creating proactive measures in the form of security tools that help to prevent the incidence of successful cyber-attacks. Sharing this information with the public helps to create awareness of what can be done to increase protection.
Windows Firewall security
Windows firewall adds a measure of protection, however; there have been countless successful attacks upon the Windows environment that indicates a redoubling of efforts and increased security measures. The addition of high quality malware and antivirus protection increases security but still more is needed with the evolving technology and methods that are employed by cyber attackers. Maximize the protection of Windows firewall by adjusting the settings to the highest level of protection that will still allow you to complete all of the functions that are necessary.
Windows versus Linux
Both Linux and Windows environments are subject to hacker attacks, however; ensuring that the best safeguards are in place with the most up to date information on current trends in attack patterns, behaviors and motivations is helpful. Linux is reputed as being more secure that the Windows environment in general, however; measures can be taken to ensure the highest possible security against attack in a Windows environment by becoming aware of the current threats and the best methods for increasing protection against them.
The security benefits of VPS in a Windows environment
Shared environments create the greatest risk for holes in security for vulnerability to attackers. Providers who offer VPS which executes as a dedicated server and provides enhanced security features such as the ability to function as a stand-alone server. Some providers are better than others. Be sure to research their track record and reliability prior to signing on with them.
VPS provides increased security because of the flexibility of having your own operating environment including the OS of your choice, software applications and environmental modification capabilities that allow for enhanced security.
Password complexity is now required
You may establish nearly any type of password to protect your data from hackers and the more complicated, the better. Sophisticated software that tries multiple passwords based upon certain data that is input will make countless attempts to access your system. While you may not be asked to supply a strong password, it is highly recommended.
Safeguard against Brute Force Attacks
One of the latest trends in Windows VPS hacking is known as brute force attack by default. Attackers use software that tries multiple username/password combinations until it hits the right one. Establish a lockout policy upon setup so that after a set number of login attempts, the system locks out anyone trying to access the system. When FTP isn’t required, disconnect it. In addition, avoid using standard ports; instead change them up to increase security.
When developing folders use unusual names. For example, login pages and admin files may be renamed to make them more difficult for hackers to access. This may take a little extra time but is well worth the effort to protect your data from infiltration and cyber-attack.
Keeping on top of the evolving trends in cyber threats is the best way of knowing which measures may be required to maintain a secure VPS environment.