The Backups, for example, are one of the most forgotten points when choosing a VPS. Many times we think that our data is safe and protected by the simple fact of being stored in the cloud, and that is a mistake. The data that we store on a server can be lost due to a massive failure on remote computers, and it can also be altered by malware, such as ransomware, which will make us lose absolutely all the information.
That our hosting or VPS has a good backup plan is essential to ensure that, in the event of a failure, catastrophe or security problem, we will be able to recover a copy of our data, a copy that, in addition, must be the most recent possible.
In case our server does not have a good backup plan, the best we can do is manually schedule them to an external server, be it a storage platform like Mega or a local server through SFTP.
Windows or Linux, but always up to date
As we always recommend update our operating system from home as soon as the new patches appear on the network, when we talk about a remote server it is just as necessary to correct all vulnerabilities as soon as possible to avoid possible computer attacks on a larger scale.
Generally, Linux distributions tend to be more secure and, moreover, better designed to work on servers, therefore, if we have a choice, it is advisable to opt for this system (in distros such as CentOS or Ubuntu, for example), but always keeping an eye on the plans update offered by the company from which we are renting the server.
If we opt for a Windows server, we must also make sure that the server applies the security patches on our server in the shortest possible time and, if not, we must download and install them ourselves in order to be protected against possible possibilities.
Protection measures against computer attacks
Another fundamental aspect that we must take into account is the security measures offered by the hosting to protect us from different computer attacks. For example, the server must offer us a secure authentication system (2FA, for example), in addition to monitoring network traffic to detect possible security threats. In another article we talked about how shared hosting works.
Servers are always connected to the Internet, easy to find and accessible to anyone, and for this reason they are one of the weakest parts of the infrastructure. For this reason, our hosting or VPS company must offer us security measures that allow us to be protected from this type of computer attack, for example, protection against DDoS attacks that can leave the server without service.
An external firewall, outside the server, is also an important point to be as protected as possible.
Secure connections from our computer to the server
Finally, the hosting or VPS must offer us secure end-to-end connections that guarantee us that the data travels safely from our PC to the server, that it does not fall into the hands of malicious users and, above all, that it is not altered in any way. an intermediate point of the connection. There are many pages of domains and hosting.
It is vital that the server offers us connections with ssl encryption that allows us to communicate securely and privately with him. In addition, when sending data from our PC to the server, it is necessary to do it securely through protocols such as SFTP that prevents hackers from capturing the files we exchange or modifying them in MITM attacks.