Virtual server hosting offers business owners the opportunity to move their data out of their own servers and to a third-party data center. In turn, this alleviates a significant amount of the responsibility associated with maintaining and securing that data. However, hosting clients can still take measure to help secure their data, even if it is off premise, according to a Web Hosting Geeks report.
IT security is a constant battle, the report said, because antivirus developers and hackers are constantly designing new systems to combat one another and gain an important advantage. As a result, virtual server hosting companies often deploy some of the most sophisticated security programs to protect a client's data. However, security errors on the client's part can still put data at the third-party host at risk.
According to the report, such mishaps as failing to consistently update software and poor password management can put data at risk regardless of its location. By neglecting updates or using easily guessable passwords, users can let hackers gain access to the hosted network, regardless of the web host's security procedures.
The Host Review reports security is also critical for websites hosted by a third-party vendor. Poor site security can damage performance or allow a hacker to imprint malicious code on the site, damaging the company's reputation.