Unfortunately, there has been a lot of talk of cyber attacks and ones specifically on servers that can leave thousands of people without internet access. With the vastness of the internet, it has become increasingly easier for cyber-criminals to carry out attacks.
The type of attack most associated with a server attack is something called a DDoS (distributed denial of service). It is like standing in line somewhere and then a bunch of people who aren’t shopping coming in and standing in front of you in line. There are trying to block you from doing anything.
What’s interesting regarding the attacks is that the DDoS can happen easier based off employee errors who are using the servers. Too much traffic and wrong settings can cause an overbearing weight put on the server. The company we partner with for our antivirus, Panda, has a few tips to avoid DDoS attacks.
Tips to avoid DDoS attacks
In order to prevent this from happening, the experts at Google offer some advice:
- First, make it so that the initial 60 second delay doubles with each failed request, so that the second attempt is submitted after 120 seconds, the third after 240 seconds, and so on. That way, the number of requests piled up will be lower when the server returns to normal.
- They also recommend that the app keep count of the number of reconnection attempts that each user has made, so that the most urgent requests are given priority when the server gets back to normal. This way, the requests that have been waiting the longest will be attended to first, while the rest continue waiting. A traffic bottleneck will therefore be averted, along with unwanted downtime caused by a DDoS attack launched against yourself.
Source: Panda Security. “How to avoid bogging down your own servers.” Web. 5 December 2016.