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Is Shared Hosting Secure?


(Check Out This Educational Video From Tech Raj: Website Hacking Explained) Is Shared Hosting Secure?

Shared hosting security or the lack there of, can be compared to an item belonging to many people; instead of one person.

For the very reason that not every person will be as responsible as the other. Which will automatically expose the item to potential loss, damage or theft.

Likewise Are The Risks Of Shared Hosting Accounts:

The server, overall security level of each hosted accounts, allocated space and bandwidth. Are being equally shared between many users.

Whatever technical setbacks, or loopholes affects one account on the particular server impacts the others.

Let's assume your website has an additional SSL encryption; costing you a few extra bucks. Which a fellow subscriber can't afford and he/she decides to use a vulnerable domain.

This weakness may expose your secure website to the same level of hacking threats, software conflicts or hacking threats. Because the vulnerable website forms part of the shared server.

Although the poor security measure may not directly affect you.
  • But from an operational perspective it may also slow your loading speeds, should their websites breaks due to some malware related attack, or conflicting outdated plugin.
  • You could also experience downtime or poor performance. Due to system failures related to security breaches or poor password management of a negligent-user. Which resulted in a hacked server.

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Bottom line:

You belong to a team, who share the server and it is as strong as the weakest component. Should a part of the machine fail, it will naturally have a domino-effect and impact the others .

In the same way that an organization which accommodates many works are more vulnerable to internal-fraud, than micro businesses owned by one person.

The Drawbacks Of Shared Hosting Plans?

If your bought it for hobby-blogging: Your risks are reduced to losing your hardwork.

If that's a major issue to you: I highly recommend you invested in a more independent plan to avoid potential dataloss pitfalls.

In cases of using shared hosting for commercial websites: Think of it as a temporary solution and upgrade to a better hosting recommendations; as soon as your profits starts rolling in.

Because in this situation you're not only responsible for your own data, but also the online records of your customers.

Bottom line:

The risks associated with Shared Hosting are divided between low-budget network resources (based on cheaper prices) and is influenced by activities fellow users on the server.

For Instance:
  • The weakness it carries are subjective to software conflicts, plugin failures, restricted bandwidth and potentially low system quality.
  • Every technical error cause ripple-effects on linked hosting accounts. Examples such as high-traffic volumes that may bottle-neck your bandwidth allocation. Which becomes a speed-bump that affects your website's loading speed or uptime. Which will either anyway prompt you to upgrade to a bigger plan.
In Summary:

Despite the technical and security limitations of shared web hosting packages; it's a giant step in the right direction for low-capital starts.

Many top online earners have started at insignificant humble begins, and entry-level packages were their foundation. So it ultimately depends on where you at and where you going.