Hosting your website on a shared server is an important constituent of any online venture when it comes to gain uninterrupted performance. Web hosting has been around for quite a long time, however selecting the one which is suitable for your business isn't that much easy. Now-a-days shared web hosting is a cheap and reliable solution, but with several options. Not digging all the features and their advantages involved in shared account, one factor that matters the most to a business owner is the vulnerability of the web server.

 “A chain is only as strong as its weakest link”.  Likewise, if your site is hosted on a shared platform, it is only as secure as the website with the weakest security on the same server. It is unfortunate that web servers are often the most risk oriented entities and web hosts face the huge accumulated loss due to various attacks. Web administrators get troublesome even after patching all security loopholes, running latest version on APIs, plugins and software. Anyways, this blog is going to help you in tackling the threats and providing you the utmost resolution.   

Introduction to security risks

When seeing this hosting at the performance perspective, the server resources i.e. processor and memory is shared with other site on the same physical space. Well, this may not be the pitfall for most of the hosting users, there are some other risks associated with a shared hosting plan from a security viewpoint that can never be avoided irrespective of the purpose of your website.

Here’s a glance on some of the reasons that ensure your site is not secure on a shared server:

- If any site on the server is malware infected or compromised, it creates problems for other sites hosted on the same server.
- There are also a lot of disadvantages of not being able to harden the server. You would not have the access to php and apache configuration server on the shared server.
- Denial of service attack, data theft, using SQL injection and cross site scripting.
 
All these attacks are made by the attackers in two ways:

Phishing- In this method, the intruders and attackers use social engineering to falsely implicate users in traps and perform their target work.

Pharming- It is the process in which Domain Name System (DNS) host files are compromised, redirecting users to the malicious site rather than legitimate site.

A compromised website is a gateway to enter various threats. Once it get acquired by the malicious program, an organization may face serious damages like privacy breach, monetary loses and lose of information integrity.   

A few Safeguards to protect your website

You must follow certain basic security measures beyond implementing the SSL certificates on your website to keep your system and information away from the fraudulent.

- Install, configure and secure web server software
- Use secured programming practices to develop website
- Configure and secure the underlying operating platform with help of expertise administration  
- Use proxy, firewall and filtering router
- Maintain software updates, security patches, log monitoring and other upgrades wisely.
- Implement secure administration and maintenance process

Apart from that, the strongest intrusion point of attack is your company domain name. They always have an idea that several companies use this kind of email address info@yourdomianname. Hence, they create a brute force to hack the domain of your company. So, never use this kind of email address. These are the quick countermeasures that help you to overcome the threats associated with a shared web hosting.