Several times in this blog I have mentioned that the virtual private server (VPS) is ideal for organizations looking to move away from shared hosting but cannot afford the dedicated server yet. Now, the VPS is known to be sturdy and is considered very secure. This is the reason it is also used as a sandbox and as a honeypot.
What exactly is a sandbox? Well, it is an environment where you can conduct experiments and tests that do not affect the real system. Here’s how Wikipedia defines it:
(Source) A “sandbox” is 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.
The virtue of the VPS to remain isolated from other servers makes it an ideal 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.
Now, what exactly is a honeypot? It is defined in the following terms by Wikipedia:
(Source) …a honeypot is a trap set to detect, deflect, or in some manner counteract attempts at unauthorized use of information systems.
The VPS can be the perfect honeypot because of its isolation from other servers. Supposedly-malicious programs can be run on the VPS and the vulnerability of the server can be checked.
Have you ever used the VPS as a sandbox or a honeypot? Do share your experience with us.