Data protection in shared web hosting plans

I am sure that every person using shared web hosting services is concerned about the protection of their data especially when there are other people on the same server who can try to compromise it and steal data. Scala Hosting works on improving security of our shared hosting servers and there is always a lot to do in that regard. I will share some of the things we do and they happen behind the scenes hidden from the customers` eyes. We have developed custom security software which scans all files within the public_html directories of the clients and looks for configuration files and other files which contain sensitive information such as mysql login details and fixes their permissions in case they are wrong. When a web site is compromised on a server in many cases the attacker looks for files with insecure permissions which he has access to in order to steal login details which can later be used to compromise more web sites. That’s why it is important to keep the permissions of such files set to 600 or even 400. In that way noone else will be able to read them except you.

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