Secure server hosting is exactly what the name implies. Hosted server clients pay to lease a server that is hack resistant and firewall protected through the use of SSL certificates and https. The content sent to and retrieved from a server has limited access. User access is determined by the client and it is the job of the server host to ensure its security. A secure server comes with a trickledown effect to the client’s customers. Secured servers guarantee the client’s customers that all information they enter into a website such as credit card numbers and personal information will not be stolen or shared.
Secured servers utilize what is called SSL. SSL stands for secure sockets layer which is primarily used to transfer private documents over the internet. SSL is an important aspect in secure server hosting because it encrypts data being sent over the internet. Encryption includes a public key and a private key. A public key is known to everyone while a private key is known only by the recipient of the data. Most internet browsers are capable of supporting SSL and many websites use SSL to keep the customer name and personal information confidential and secure.
Website names that begin with the letters https use SSL. This is a quick and easy way for customers and internet users alike to determine whether or not the website they are visiting is engaging in safe and secure measures. This also tells the client that the connection between them and the server is secure. Most clients using a secure server hosting provider are engaged in e-commerce. That is the selling and buying of products via the internet.
SSL certificates are also important to clients using a secured server. An SSL certificate is the application used on the server to encrypt information and is used to identify websites. The certificate holds information about the certificate holder and only releases information to designated users. An SSL certificate also stores information about the domain the certificate was issued to, the certificate authority responsible for issuing the certificate as well as the root and country the certificate was issued in.
An advantage to using a secured server is the security it provides for both the client and the client’s customers. Especially in this day and age, all internet users and e-commerce website must be very vigilant about who they give and take information from. Hackers, thieves and scam artists prowl the internet day and night looking for a way to steal information as a way to make money and benefit from it. Using a secured server greatly reduces the risk of this happening.
Other advantages of using a secured server can differ with each provider available on the internet. The provider offers a list of services available to the client for a fee typically paid on a monthly basis. Services include features, support and management of the server. Clients choose server providers based on cost and whether or not their needs can be met by that particular provider.
Features offered by server providers generally include scalability. Scalability is the ability for a client to customize the server on demand. Customization includes increased amounts of bandwidth, RAM, storage and hardware upgrades. Management services range from the provider fully managing the server all the way to the client fully managing the server. There is also a medium level of management offered with both the provider and the client working together.
Most clients have budgets that must be strictly followed so cost is usually an important decisive factor when choosing a secured server provider. The cost for services depends on how much the client needs from the server such as bandwidth, RAM, storage and the level of management provided by the server hosting provider.