Having roommates is a great way to cut down on the cost of rent. But would you ever move into a new place without knowing who your roommates were or how many roommates you had?
This is often the case for businesses that use shared web hosting for their websites. Shared hosting is a popular option for businesses looking to put their website online without the expense of hosting their website on a private or dedicated web server. Much like having roommates, shared web hosting services enables websites from multiple parties to reside on the same server (or live in the same home) to save money.
Soteria sees the value in shared web hosting for small companies, but wants businesses to understand the following associated shared web hosting security risks of being in such “close quarters” with other unknown websites:
Potential Shared Web Hosting Security Risks:
- If a website hosted on a shared server is compromised by a hacker, the hacker could potentially gain access to every website hosted on the same server. (i.e. If a criminal breaks in through your roommate’s window, the criminal may gain access to every room in your house.)
- A hacker could potentially host their own website on the shared server. (i.e. A criminal could be one of the roommates living in your house.)