What is a DDOS attack and how can you prevent yourself from becoming a victim?

A DDOS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack is a cyberattack that results in your servers refusing to provide services to genuine clients (your devices).

A DDOS attack can be classified into two types:

Flooding attacks

In this type, the hacker sends a huge amount of traffic to the server which the server can not handle. And hence, the server stops functioning.

This type of attack is usually executed by using automated programs that continuously send packets to the server.

Crash attacks

In this type, the hackers exploit a bug on the server resulting in the system to crash and hence the server is not able to provide service to the clients.

You can prevent DDOS attacks by using the following practices:

  • Use Anti-DDOS services
  • Configure Firewalls and Routers
  • Use Front-End Hardware
  • Use Load Balancing
  • Handle Spikes in Traffic