The Virtual Private Server (VPS) is a great way of reaping as many benefits as possible from limited resources. What is so special about VPS? Well, these servers are formed by partitioning one server into smaller, logical servers. Not only do you get complete control of these servers, you also get to host as many websites as you want. You can also dedicate some servers to specific applications such as FTP and e-mails.
Because of the many advantages of VPS hosting, it has found its use in some special areas. The virtual servers are largely used as sandboxes and honeypots.
VPS as a sandbox
What is a sandbox?
Wikipedia defines a sandbox as “a testing (or virtual) environment that isolates untested code changes and outright experimentation from the production environment or repository, in the context of software development including Web development and revision control, and by extension in web-based editing environments including wikis.” In simpler words, a sandbox is an environment where you can conduct experiments and tests that do not affect the real system.
How can VPS serve as a sandbox?
Since a virtual server can be kept isolated from the others, it can be used as a testing environment. A virtual server can have a copy of the real system and changes can be made to it without worrying about them impacting the real system.
VPS as a honeypot
What is a honeypot?
Our online know-all, Wiki, defines a honeypot as “a trap set to detect, deflect, or in some manner counteract attempts at unauthorized use of information systems.”
How can VPS act as a honeypot?
Tracking the security of the server becomes an easier task with one virtual server acting as a honeypot. Again, because of its isolated nature, a VPS can be used as a honeypot. Supposedly-malicious programs can be run on the VPS and the vulnerability of the server can be checked.
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