Secure your server against hacker attacks: (easy) how to

The increasing number of hacker attacks urges everyone to be prepared for the worse –
especially people running servers. The amount of data stored and the high intensity traffic running on servers could easily attract hackers, phishers or saboteurs. Whether if you are running a gaming server or a
working platform, protection must be your top priority.

Here are some tips you could rely on – but remember: it’s impossible to be 100% protected,
so be sure to get the best security option for each of the steps.

1 – Get an antivirus

Whether if you are looking for a high profile antivirus (such as Kaspersky) or a free antivirus
(AVG, Avast), make sure to have one installed and running all time. Note that having more
than one at a time could drive your antiviruses to not being functional at all, so be careful
and choose the best one.

2 – Get additional protection

A proper firewall could be even more effective than an antivirus, but you have to make sure
to set the right settings. Pay attention to which data and programs will be stopped or not.
Malware and spy-bot tools are recommended too.

3 – Schedule your protection

Updating your programs, softwares and antiviruses should be done on a weekly basis, and a
periodic scan (1-2 days) will reveal possible threats and remove them.
Updating your antivirus will help it to recognise new viruses, and software updates can
correct vulnerabilities left by the developers.

4 – Have a separate backup

As well as the update, backups must be scheduled and stored in a separate (and not
connected to the network) server/drive. In case of a ransomware (cryptolocker), your server
will be locked by the virus until the hackers decide to free it.
With a backup, you could easily reset your server without having to pay the hackers and
without losing your data. You’ll save time and money.


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