Denial of service and distributed denial of service attacks are important issues for businesses to consider when developing their website and choosing a virtual server hosting solution, according to a recent Web Hosting News report.
These attacks occur when an organization or individual chooses to derail a website by flooding it with so many requests it overloads the server and forces it to deny services to legitimate customers. In most cases, the attacks are relatively short, but can last as long as 72 hours, crippling online-based businesses, the report said.
There are a few steps website owners can take to prevent DoS or DDoS attacks, the report said. One of the primary tactics is to work with a hosting provider to develop a security plan to protect against criminals. Another option is to upgrade to a larger, more flexible hosting plan, such as a virtual private server or dedicated offering. This can be effective because a larger server can contain a DoS or DDoS attack for longer without being overwhelmed.
According to a recent Network World report, a number of experts gathered via email to discuss progress in fighting DoS and DDoS, concluding distributed architectures and improved bandwidth help in fighting against attacks.
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