An unlucky upshot of running your own website or online store is that, sooner or later, hackers will add it to their ‘juicy list of prey’. Once in their list, hackers will continuously scan and probe your site for weaknesses, trying to find a way to further their illicit goals.
This article discusses the hidden pitfalls of hosting multiple websites on one hosting account, and how you can remediate the consequences of website cross-contamination.
If you think your site won't be hacked because it's too small to matter, think again. I'll show why that is a false and dangerous assumption.
Many site owners and webmasters think that hackers only care about popular, highly-ranked websites. They are wrong.
High traffic volume helps boost earnings on partner programs by redirecting visitors to other sites, gets more views of unauthorized advertisements and attracts more clicks on rogue links. But that is not the only way hackers make money.
Unprotected sites with low traffic volume are equally attractive to hackers. It is the way they are used that differs from how hackers monetize more popular websites. Any normal site, with an audience of as little as 30 visitors a day, can still be threatened by hacking and infection.
Twenty years on and spam is still a problem. I'll look at why that is and what we can do to reduce or prevent it.
Contrary to popular belief, hacking a site and uploading malicious scripts onto it is not the only way spamming gets a foothold. There are other ways. For example, it could be because of a compromised account, the use of script vulnerabilities, or an incorrectly configured mail server.
In Part 1, we looked at security isolation as a technical solution for preventing infections on one site spreading to neighboring sites in multi-site hosting systems. In Part 2, we'll consider other non-technical ways to beef up multi-site protection.
Running shared or VPS servers has risks. When one site is hacked, neighbors succumb shortly after. In this two-part article, I'll explain the risks in detail and what you can do to mitigate them.