These days, you simply can't be too careful when it comes to the security of your data. Unfortunately, attacks happen every day, and websites of all scopes and sizes are being targeted. If you have a dedicated server, you're already better off in terms of security than you would be with many other types of hosting. Still, there are some steps you should be taking to add security to your dedicated server wherever possible.
Keep Things Up-to-Date
Start by making an effort to check for security updates and patches on a regular basis. This should be done manually at least a few times a week. Don't rely on your software to let you know when an update is available; being proactive will ensure that updates are installed as soon as possible once they become available and will reduce your chances of falling victim to an attack.
Only Use Trusted Networks
When signing into your hosting account with your credentials, make sure that you're using a trusted network. This means you should avoid logging into your hosting account when signed into a public wireless network or other unsecured network. Furthermore, make sure that any other users who have accounts are informed of this protocol.
Opt for DDoS Protection
DDoS attacks are becoming increasingly common, so there has never been a better time to have DDoS protection added to your dedicated hosting account. This will protect you against attacks that can otherwise bring your server down through the use of illegitimate traffic flooding. A DDoS protection plan will provide an added layer of protection that essentially "filters" through your traffic to ensure that only legitimate visitors are allowed in. DDoS protection options are available to protect against attacks of varying sizes, ranging from about 10 gbps to 100 gbps or more!
Back Up Data Regularly
Even when you take all the security precautions you can, it's possible for attacks and other security vulnerabilities to occur. With this in mind, it's always a good idea to have a backup plan in place. Specifically, you should be taking the time to back up all your most important data at least once a week, and perhaps more. This way, if something were to happen to your site, you could at least restore it to its previous state with the backup data you have saved.
Consider a Managed Server
If the idea of handling all these security responsibilities seems a little overwhelming, one of the best things you can do for yourself is actually to consider a managed server instead. With a managed server, you'll have your own administrator who will handle all the important aspects of protecting your security. From installing updates to backing up data regularly, these admins can save you a lot of time and hassle.
These are just a few of the most important steps you can take to boost security on your dedicated server. If you're not already following these guidelines, now is the time to implement them as a part of your everyday server and website maintenance tasks.