Website owners and administrators across the globe must always be prepared for the possibility of an attack. Web attacks can come in many forms, ranging from phishing schemes and hacks to increasingly common DDoS attacks. These days, websites of all sizes are prone to DDoS attacks, which can cause access problems for users.
What Is a DDoS Attack?
Essentially, a DDoS attack affects a website by bombarding its servers with “fake” traffic. This traffic, depending on the attack size, can overwhelm the website’s servers and result in a denial of service. As a result, the site’s legitimate users may have difficulty accessing the website until the attack is properly handled.
DDoS attacks can range in size and severity from a couple of gigabytes per second to several hundred gigabytes; the larger the attack, the more difficult it can be to stop. And they are becoming larger, more common and more unpredictable than ever before (a major website was recently taken down with a record attack of over 600 gigabytes per second).
How Does DDoS Protection Work?
Many hosting companies have begun offering DDoS protection options to help guard websites against these kinds of attacks. Specifically, DDoS protection works by using algorithms and advanced software to monitor incoming traffic to the website. Any traffic that isn’t legitimate is denied access, whereas legitimate traffic continues to filter through to the site.
DDoS protection options generally guard against attacks up to certain size. For example, most standard protection options will protect against attacks ranging from five to ten gigabytes per second, while more robust protection options may guard against larger attacks of 100 gigabytes per second or more.
How Much Protection Does Your Site Need?
Thinking about adding DDoS protection to your site? Start by checking with your hosting company to see if they offer it. Some hosting companies have begun to include a basic level of DDoS protection with all their dedicated servers.
Still, depending on the size and regular traffic of your site, a basic protection option may or may not be enough to suit your needs. The best thing you can do is consider your average amount of traffic and speak with your hosting company to get a better idea of just how much protection is best for your site.
Overall, DDoS protection is something that all website administrators should seriously consider for the security of their websites. With DDoS protection, you may be able to avoid extensive downtime and other headaches—including a damaged reputation—associated with a DDoS attack.
Yevgeniya Davydov is the Owner of ReliableSite.net, providing enterprise-grade dedicated servers and service that includes free DDoS protection. Yevgeniya can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.