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DDoS

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS)

A denial-of-service (DoS) attack is where a cyber attacker seeks to make a machine or network resource inaccessible to users by disrupting the services of a host connected to the internet. DoS attacks accomplish this goal by flooding the target with an excessive amount of requests to overload the systems and prevent requests being fulfilled – essentially making an online service unavailable with downtime.

In the case of a DDoS (distribution denial-of-service) attack, the incoming requests originate from a vast array of sources to flood the target with traffic, which means it’s virtually impossible to halt the attack by blocking just one source. Not only that but because the requests are sent from different locations too, it makes it even harder to pinpoint where the traffic is coming from so downtime could be considerably longer than you expect.

How can I prevent DDoS attacks?

To prevent potential DDoS attacks, you should not only ensure that your website is fully secure and loads via HTTPS through your browser, but you should also ensure that your website is hosted with a reliable and trustworthy provider.