It's official: server compromises are on the rise across the globe. In fact, in recent years, hacking has increased by a shocking 32%, leading companies to lose millions of dollars in business and even more in consumer confidence and trust.
If you have a Windows dedicated server, then it's your responsibility to ensure that you've done everything you can to keep your consumer data and information safe from hackers.
In this article, we'll share with you some of our most valuable tips when it comes to increasing the security of your Windows dedicated server.
1. Get Serious About Password Strength
Always make sure that when you're selecting a password for your server, that you're choosing a strong password.
In general, you should aim to create passwords that are at least ten characters. These passwords should also include letters, numbers, capitalizations, and special characters.
This password should be unique to the dedicated server and ideally stored in a password manager so you don't need to store it in any unencrypted file or sticky note.
It's a good idea to periodically update this password in case there is an undetected virus on the system. This way, the intruder would not have the latest password stored.
2. Run Frequent Updates
Yes, losing time during your workday because you need to run software updates is annoying. You know what's even more annoying?
Losing all of your customers because their credit card information is now available online thanks to hackers and your unwillingness to install a simple update.
Keep in mind that software updates aren't just about helping to speed things up or letting you in on the latest new features. They're also created to address and prevent system holes, or even to solve security breaches you might not know about.
3. Install Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware Software
Of course, if you're looking for a way to avoid those viruses in disguise, then we strongly suggest installing anti-virus and anti-spyware software onto your Windows dedicated server.
Think of this type of software as preventative medicine for your server and workplace computers. Whenever you download a file from the Internet (which we know you're going to do) you run the risk of coming into contact with a virus.
Keep in mind that not all viruses are as obvious as others. Without the proper anti-virus software, hackers could be monitoring your keystroke activity, customer data, and website logins without your knowledge.
4. Set Up A Firewall
Many employees think that, as long as they've installed anti-virus software and update it every once in a while, they'll stay protected from hackers and viruses.
This couldn't be more wrong, and it's a great way to essentially leave the front door of your Windows dedicated server unlocked while you go out of town.
We strongly suggest that, in addition to the above tips, you also enable firewall protection. This not only guards against hackers, but it also helps to keep a close watch on who is accessing your server and other sensitive information. This is key if you want to catch any suspicious activity before it spirals out of control.
Need More Help Protecting Your Windows Dedicated Server?
Thanks to this post, you now know the essentials you need to put into place when it comes to protecting your Windows dedicated server.
You also need to have both the time and the technical expertise to actually put these tips into action. But with everything else on your plate in the office, do you really have the time to take security concerns as seriously as they need to be?
Don't worry -- we can help.
Spend some time on our website to learn more about the wide variety of server management services that we have to offer. Then, get in touch with us to learn how we can help you run the most secure Windows dedicated server.