Why You Should Always Protect Your Websites Against DDOS Attacks

If you have heard of DDOS attacks and how dangerous they can be for a website owner, but are still unsure exactly what they are, then this blog post will hopefully shine a light on all of this for you.

If you’re wondering what a DDOS attack is, and if you even need to worry about one, you’re not alone. A dangerously high percentage of people are completely unaware of the danger it poses to their websites. You may have heard about DDOS attacks in the news, but these reports mainly focus on the larger website attacks. And because of this fact, most people mistakenly think that because they are running a website on a much smaller scale, that no-one would want to DDOS attack them.

DDOS or Distributed Denial of Service attacks basically operate by overloading your web host. They do this by sending huge amounts of “traffic” to your website. This is not genuine traffic though. It is traffic in the form of bots, which are software applications that run automated tasks over the internet. When this kind of attack happens, no-one can access your website. And this inconvenience can last from a few hours to a few days, costing website owners a lot in lost business.

The fact that these attacks are “distributed” makes them much easier to implement, and more difficult to stop. Distributed means that the attack doesn’t come from one location, but many. A DDOS attack originates from multiple different computers and IP addresses that are all coordinated.

An easy way to think about it is by comparing it to a protest outside a store. Just like the protest’s objective can be to simply stop anyone going inside. In real life this is easily achieved by organizing a small group of activists to stand in front of the entrance, thereby to preventing customers and even workers from getting inside. But online, with a DDOS attack, it’s like having a few thousand people showing up at your protest, and forming an unbreakable barrier in front of the entrance. Both scenarios have the same result, preventing any customers from getting in. And potentially costing you a lot of money in lost sales. DDOS attacks are clearly much harder to prevent, are way more effective, and can be really tough to stop once they have begun.

Why Would Someone Want To Target My Website With A DDOS Attack?

Well there are quite a few motivations for why someone would want to target you, things like:

  • Competition
  • Protest
  • Extortion
  • Revenge
  • Hacktivism

Extortion happens when a criminal threatens to DDOS attack you as the website owner unless you pay them. The amount that they can demand from you usually ranges from a few hundred dollars all the way up to the hundreds of thousands, depending on how much money you could potentially lose when your website goes offline. And these kind of attacks are becoming more popular as people find out just how easy and cheap they are to pull off. It doesn’t take someone with years of experience in hacking, almost anyone with a little experience using computers and the internet can run a DDOS attack. Just Google how and you will see the thousands of websites that guide you step by through the process.

Revenge is another big motivating factor in a lot of these attacks, usually carried out by disgruntled employees, annoyed customers or simply a jealous business that’s in competition with you.

There is another form of hacking known as hacktivism. This is when hackers will attack a website for political reasons, and in their minds DDOS is actually a valid and effective way to protest…

Hacking Just For The Sake Of Hacking

In many cases DDOS attacks are motivated strictly by a desire to hack, and these cases can be some of the hardest to anticipate. They aren’t because of any other reason than an attacker wanting to hack something.

How Do I Tell If I’m At Risk?

Well to put it plainly, it doesn’t matter how big or small your website is, DDOS attacks can and do happen to all kinds, regardless of their size. Basically there is a list of reasons why you should worry about your site being taken offline by one:

  • People with very little computer skills can launch one
  • They are one of the easiest attacks to implement
  • And they are one of the cheapest
  • There are motivations behind an attack that will apply to any kind of website

You really don’t have to do or say anything on your website that would cause a hacker to want to go against you. And you might think that you are too small to warrant an attack. Sure, you can always try to prevent one by censoring yourself and eliminating anything that might potentially lead to a hacktivist attack, but you can’t avoid all of the other motivations. Every website can fall victim to extortion, or end up with an angry customer, or ex-employee…

Rather be safe than sorry.

3 Tips For Staying Balanced When It Comes To Running Your New Website

Starting a website for the first time can be a pretty stressful thing , whether it’s simply a blog or a fully functioning online business website. And one of the key tips to staying balanced right at the start in this yet unknown territory for yourself is to remember that even the most successful website owners or bloggers struggled in the beginning, just like you are now. It’s natural to feel overwhelmed by all the new stuff you haven’t gotten used to… yet.

One of the difficult things about starting a new website is the feeling of isolation it can bring. Running a website generally is a one person job. You might be lucky enough to have the ability to outsource work, or even employ some full time helpers. But when it comes to coming up with ideas for new content or proofreading and editing new articles submitted or just the day to day maintenance you will be required to call the shots. If you get sick, or some other outside burden comes up, you will be put under extra pressure. Luckily there are many ways that entrepreneurs have come up with over the years to help you deal with this.

1 – Keep To-Do Lists

One of the most helpful things you can do when starting any new website is to keep multiple to-do lists. They force you to focus on the big picture and all the steps it takes to achieve your business goals and prioritizing tasks to become more and more efficient, as your list gets checked off.

Having the ability to fulfill all of you commitments, as well as provide new and relative content on a semi regular basis is one of the most important things you can do to have success with any type of website. Your main focus and your best work will come from developing the ability to get things done. Above all else the self discipline in number one when it comes to this business. And if you think you have none, I am here to tell you it’s simply a skill that you need to practice to become better at. Focus on one day at a time and you will see how easy it is to change, to turn this into a habit, because that’s actually all it is, a habit.

2 – Write Down Your Vision

Most of the problems new website owners have comes from a lack of clarity about what your vision is. And if you don’t have this figured out yet, how can you really expect to be able to go after it. Try exercises like writing down what your ideal day would look like. What exactly do you want to feel every day? And what are your options for creating this reality for your future self…The more of your vision that you are able to articulate and put into words the more real it will become. And before you know it you will see the optimal path to get you there.

3 – Stay Positive

This is last on the list but in a way this should be first. Having the ability to turn negative self-talk with into a positive can be one of the most important skills that you will ever develop. Not just for business, but for life in general. If you do think that you have a problem with this, know that you are not alone. It’s one of the most common things in modern society. And there has been so much written about how to turn it off. Read some books on the subject of even just watch a few YouTube videos. Once you figure out that you have control over these thoughts. And that it’s the number one reason why you tend to self-sabotage, it becomes much easier to get a handle on.
This can be a truly transformative thing in your life. Finally being free from the cycle of beating yourself up over things in the past can be the thing that propels you to success in not only your new website, but in all other aspects of your life…

What Is The Difference Between Web Hosting and Domain Registration?

Web Hosting

Web hosting is the physical location where people individually or through their businesses can store their websites. A web hosting company provides space on their server to host the files for the website, and also provide a high speed 24/7 internet connection enabling anyone anywhere with their own internet connection have access.

What Exactly is a Website?

A website is composed of a collection of different file types like videos, images, text and HTML. The server where all this takes place is actually sort of a supercomputer. Websites can be divided into three basic types, which sometimes overlap.

  1. The first is simply a collection of documents. This was the basic first type of website. Each document or page is stored in an open directory. When you connect to a web page, what happens is your computer’s web browser downloads the page to your computer so you can see and have access to it.
  2. The second type of website is what’s known as a web application. Facebook is a perfect example of this. Web applications or apps for short, are located on web server the same way that documents, images and files are. But there is always an active communication between your web server and your computer.
  3. The third and last type of website is what is known as a CMS (content management system). This is a type of hybrid of the first two, and is what most websites today consist of. A web app is used to access or link together a series of documents within. The application will find any requested file from the database and then send it directly to your browser.

Where Are Servers Located?

The facility used to house the servers is known as the data center. This can be as simple as a room in someone’s house, or a building fully equipped with backup power supplies, fire protection, and other security measures.

Domain Registration

The domain is simply the name of your website. You know, like www.facebook.com or www.youtube.com. Domain registration is what you will need to do be able to own your own domain. Without a domain your website wouldn’t have an identity, and it would have no way for people to find you, and connect to it. To gain access to your own domain, you must first register it.

Can’t I Just Run My Own Website?

Yes, you could run a website from your own computer in theory, but this is not a good idea. There are a lot of other things you’d be required to know and set up along with it. Like knowing exactly how to run a website in the first place, which is a very complicated thing, even to just get your head around. Let alone being able to apply all of these things seamlessly, without a team of technicians working for you. The training it requires to be able to troubleshoot when any problems arise can take years of learning and hands on experience.

Running your own website requires a 24/7 connection to the internet, with backup generators in case of a power failure. Even if you were capable of these things, your home computer is more than likely not even capable of dealing with more than a handful of users. Basically, you would start running it, but as soon as more than a few people started connecting to it all at once, it would fail, and go down, as your computer and internet connection both exceed their limits…

And yes you could buy your own server, but they’re incredibly expensive. And you would also need to learn how to set it up and run it properly, a very tedious and time consuming process. Then on top of all of that, you would have to pay for a fast enough internet connection and bandwidth…