A recent report from the Web Hosting Geeks identified computer viruses as a key threat to website owners.
According to the report, many believe it is difficult for a hacker to get to a hosted server, and, while virtual server hosting providers are well protected, cyber criminals can use an individual's computer to access the hosted server.
Using keylogging and other software, hackers can log passwords and use them to access a business owner's hosting plan. Once there, they can add viruses to the site, which can then spread to any users that visit and damage the company's reputation.
In shared hosting models, this is incredibly dangerous because there is not any separation between virtual machines, and the virus can spread. As a result, the report said VPS servers and other advanced hosting plans are inherently more secure because they keep users free from any viruses that may access another device on the same physical machine.
Another Web Hosting Geeks report said VPS servers are quite similar to dedicated servers, and have developed to offer almost all of the same benefits. As a result, the report said a VPS is essentially a less power dedicated server.