[NA-Discuss] Shared Hosting vs VPS: How safe is your website

Michele Neylon :: Blacknight michele at blacknight.com
Wed Feb 6 20:21:08 UTC 2013


On the security issues .. 

Shared hosting - yes your site sits on servers with other sites, but that doesn't mean it's more secure than a VPS

VPS or dedicated etc., - your site sits on a server (virtual or physical) that you control

In the case of a VPS you have a lot more freedom and you can do all sorts of "fun" things if you want, but you also end up being responsible for keeping the VPS server up to date and patched.

If you use shared hosting, however, the service provider is going to be looking after the servers for their entire customer base.

Of course the more common issues we see are site defacements where hackers take advantage of exploits in plugins / themes for popular CMS, such as Wordpress or Joomla.

It's quite rare to see a server level hack with the bigger hosting providers, though it can easily happen with some of the smaller operations which are run by one or two people etc.,



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From: na-discuss-bounces at atlarge-lists.icann.org [na-discuss-bounces at atlarge-lists.icann.org] on behalf of Glenn McKnight [mcknight.glenn at gmail.com]
Sent: 06 February 2013 12:52
To: NA Discuss
Subject: [NA-Discuss] Shared Hosting vs VPS: How safe is your website

Hi All

Recently I setup the ISOC  Canada  WordPress site at a  Shared Hosting
 website due to price but  upon research and discussion with Joly and
others  I discovered that  Shared hosting  opens your  site to potential
hacking.  Research revealed that the site is shared with 3,500  others.
Here is some research on the risk

*Question:  Is it worth the difference?*

Upon discussion with the hosting company they don't have a VPS service to
upgrade the account.

When I did a  WHOIS on the name  this was the first thing I found. No
response yet from the hosting company, Ticketed the item with their support
on this issue as well.  Almost feel  hostage.

 Name FastDomain Inc. (R1455-LROR) StatusADDPERIOD, CLIENT TRANSFER
In conversation with  Joly he recommeded  a  VPS  site  called GANDI for
more secure hosting
Also I found  gatorhosting.com   as well


Glenn McKnight
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