DDoS: What is it & How Can I Protect My Site?

By March 5, 2017 Web Hosting

Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks can be damaging in several ways, from negatively impacting your online reputation to presenting troublesome financial repercussions. While there are several actions you can take to protect yourself from these attacks, becoming aware of the nature of the attacks is also an important part of protecting your site against them.

DDoS Attacks Explained

Chances are, if you’re running a website or looking into doing so, you’ve heard of DDoS attacks. Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks are called ‘distributive’ because they are attacks coming from a number of compromised machines/computers that deny the services of a website to users. Collectively, this network of compromised computers and machines is often referred to as a ‘botnet’.

A DDoS attack basically floods the targeted website with a ton of traffic resulting in that website becoming extremely slow and eventually even going offline.

Unfortunately, no one is immune to becoming the target of a DDoS attack, and many in fact consider them inevitable. Nonetheless, there are steps you can take to protect your website.

How to Protect Your Site Against DDoS Attacks

First, there are professional DDoS attack mitigation services available, for a price. Anyone who has ever been the victim of a DDoS attack can attest to the fact that it is a troublesome situation. However, if you are managing a website on a budget, there are additional prevention strategies you can also implement and execute on your own, including:

  • Taking Note of Abnormal Traffic Flow – By setting traffic thresholds, for example, you can take note of any flag any abnormal traffic flow your website may be experiencing.
  • Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) – CDNs have the ability to identify bogus traffic your website might be receiving, though it’s worth noting that CDN service does not often come for free from web companies.
  • Deploy additional servers if you note suspicious activity
  • Bandwidth Overprovision – Better to be over-prepared than underprepared. It’s best to ensure that your server has an overprovision of bandwidth so that it can give you extra time to act if you were to find yourself facing a DDoS attack.

There is no shame in reaching out for professional assistance against DDoS attacks and prevention, and it may actually better benefit you in the long run. Anyone can be the target of a DDoS attack, but there are steps you can take to keep your site as well-protected and secure as possible.