Monthly Archives: November 2014

Things You Should Ask Your DDoS Protected Hosting Provider

In recent news, a new kind of DDOS attack has been identified. They are calling it a “Tsunami SYN Flood Attack” which has characteristics of containing 1 MB / packet rather than the usual 40-60 bytes / packet. The attack is TCP-based rather than UDP based. This results in DDOS traffic of a devastating 4-5 GB / second. The key to fending against these attacks are the usage of behavioral algorithms.

Given the increasing sophistication and efficiency of DDOS attacks, a recent article advises you to ask your web host provider to answer the following key questions:

  • How are DDOS attacks against your DNS infrastructure handled? The article suggests that your web host provider uses layered protection as well as extra cloud-based protection in case attacks get too large. HostMyBytes utilizes Arbor Peakflow boxes and multi-point mitigation systems during DDOS attacks. We also give all of our customers CloudFare which acts as an extra layer of protection in the unlikely event that attacks get too large.
  • How am I affected / protected during times when other customers are being attacked? The article advises that you choose a web host which isolates DDOS attacks such that an attack on one customer won’t harm your site. HostMyBytes’s servers all have 100 GBPS of DDOS protection. We also utilize a huge network of bandwidth providers – so there is not even a remote possibility that you’ll ever feel the effects of a DDOS attack on other customers or yourself.
  • How would you handle an attack on my own site? The article advises that you choose a web hosting provider which treats DDOS attacks like an emergency and reacts quickly. HostMyBytes analyzes the offending traffic within 2 minutes of the start of a DDOS attack. Automatically, offending packets are filtered out and your traffic cleaned.

If you’d like more information about our services or our DDOS protection methods, don’t hesitate to contact us today.

OpenVZ Node Management Services

One of the services that we offer is OpenVZ node management. In this article, I’d like to answer some of the more-common questions that we receive regarding our OpenVZ management services.

Initial Server Hardening

In our initial server hardening, we will harden your node to protect it from the likelihood of hacks, limit what a malicious user can do, and and perform some minor optimizations. Here are some things our initial server hardening will cover

  • Change SSH port from port 22 to a less common port
  • Install Fail2Ban (stop brute force attacks)
  • Install Nodewatch (suspend abusive users)
  • Limit common mail ports (stop spammers)
  • Check for kernel updates

Virtualization Panel Installation

We’ll install the virtualization panel of your choice. Commonly, clients choose either SolusVM or Virtualizor. We can also configure the virtualization panel with your required packages.

Troubleshooting Problems

If you’re having issues with VPS not starting, connection issues to a VPS, or similar issues, we can help troubleshoot. Similarly, if there are continued issues with a node, we can investigate and solve these problems.

Monthly Performance Checks

Concerned about your VPS node getting filled up? Are the loads looking a little higher than usual? Every month, we can perform a full investigation of the status of your VPS node for you. This performance check includes checking VPS IP’s on spam lists, checking VPS loads, and fine-tuning configuration files for optimal performance. We can do a performance check each month upon request.

Software Upgrades

New software is coming out every day, and it can be difficult to stay on top of patching the latest threats. We can upgrade any software on the host node for you upon request.