The aptly named Canadian Web Hosting recently brought BitNinja into their strategy, which gives shared servers better security, a boost in performance and may ultimately draw in more customers who want to keep their hosting budget in check. BitNinja is technically in the security tech realm, specializing in shared hosting servers by providing the best in safety—but a nice side effect is better performance, too. Canadian Web Hosting is already one of the most popular web hosts in Canada, offering infrastructure support as well as cloud hosting. However, it’s not as if Canadian Web Hosting was lacking in the security department to begin with. The company already boasted top level web application firewalls (WAFs) which put their hack protection system into overdrive.
The existing firewall features the latest in server hardening capabilities and virtual patches. Many customers aren’t able to patch and update websites themselves, or struggle since that’s not their specialty. The WAF was a great match for customers who wanted to keep their online reputation flawless and couldn’t risk getting hacked or have other security breaches. Having applications that are outdated or vulnerabilities isn’t an option. Plus, Canadian Web Hosting also ensures every plan features TippingPoint Intrussion Prevention systems so that customers are automatically notified if a threat is found.
More is Better
Less is more? Not when it comes to performance and security. Canadian Web Hosting’s earlier adoption of the TippingPoint technology already guaranteed the strongest network protection available—and BitNinja is a welcome accoutrement. According to the Chief Strategy Office at Canadian Web Hosting, Matt McKinney, “It’s another foolproof layer. BitNinja has gathered individual security tools and protocols offered by major security vendors into a single machine-learning server security system that works with a social defense network. BitNinja will give our customers an even higher level of security.” The timing couldn’t be more perfect since 2014 was rich with hacks and breaches, and 2015 isn’t shaping up to be much safer.
Already, the host has reported that customers have noted vast improvement in reliability and performance. However, having cutting edge protection is kind of like having the strongest antibiotic at any given moment. Both security companies and hackers will continue to adapt to one another. When customers are shopping for a web host provider, asking about security measures is a common question, and a good one. However, customers should also ask about updates, evolutions and the strategy involved with improved security.
Putting Safety First in the US
It’s often best to go with a web host who shares at least your country, if not a nearby zip code. Local web hosts often offer a boutique experience where customer service is golden and the technology is up to snuff. In the US, when shopping for a web host make sure to ask about security measures, guaranteed uptime and hours when you can talk to a real person (ideally it’s 24/7). Many Americans want to support local and do so by seeking out neighborhood web hosting providers.
Another issue is, of course, cost. You can get some fantastic service with a free or very low cost plan. These are all shared server packages, and knowing exactly how many clients may be sharing “your” server can help you gauge how performance will rate in the future.