The security of the dedicated server is one that concerns all website owners who are looking beyond limitations of bandwidth and disk space. However, in lieu of servers dedicated to their needs, they have to take measures to ensure their security. Now, the good news is that a dedicated server is more secure than a shared one, and for obvious reasons. The concern, therefore, is more about the knowledge, time, and resources needed to handle the security of a dedicated server.
With a dedicated server, you are in charge – not just of the server’s configuration and software you are looking to install, but also of monitoring the server and ensuring optimization and security. So, how do you secure your server? Michael Moncur presented a checklist for dedicated server security in his website, Website Workshop. He mentioned anti-virus, firewall, strong passwords, and software updates, among other things, as necessary security steps. Another important thing that he mentions, which is usually absent from other guidelines, is disabling unnecessary services. He says:
The more ports your server has open to the Internet, the greater the risk of security holes. While you need certain services (such as HTTP and email) there are probably others you can easily do without.
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Managing dedicated servers is not easy, and more often than not, businesses going for them lack the time and the expertise for it. Large business should go for fully-managed dedicated hosting; it will definitely ensure peace of mind. Small and medium-sized business can consider partially-managed hosting, thereby ensuring that the security of their servers is in safe hands.