Beat Hackers

Prepare before you suffer a DDoS attack

Did you know the most common threat website owners face is from distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks? There are currently over ten million per year. Complex DDoS threats against your website can quickly cost you time, money, and customers. But it’s never a zero-day attack when it’s DDoS. You can prepare in advance, and it’s essential you do.

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What is DDoS?

What is DDoS?

A Distributed Denial of Service or DDoS is a type of attack which hampers or completely prevents users from seeing or accessing your website.

A DDoS attack works by essentially overloading your system, making it difficult for your website to remain online. These attacks ramp up the number of queries requesting access to your website’s resources with the aim of exceeding the website’s capacity to handle simultaneous requests — effectively crashing the site.

This can result in a bad visitor experience or damage your reputation.

Because it’s easy to commit a DDoS attack, some attacks can be for fun or status, such as in gaming attacks between players. Unfortunately, most attacks are committed by cybercriminals with darker motives. It’s important to be aware of how DDoS could affect you.

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Attack motives

Hackers who are cyber criminals usually have some of the following motives.

  • demanding a ransom to stop the attack
  • stealing any data they can sell during the attack
  • damaging a competitor by taking their site offline
  • breaching data to reduce your customers’ confidence

Others wish to score a political point or commit espionage to secure company secrets.

How you can beat DDoS

How you can beat DDoS

One step at a time. It’s important to think of DDoS as an attack requiring a point of entry, and once you’ve got a breach, the next phase is a tidal flood of queries, followed by data theft.

You need simultaneous services to both eliminate a hacker’s ability to mount a DDoS on your doorstep and absorb a flood of queries if there’s a breach.

You can secure your uptime and information before an attack with high-grade DNS services and a CDN. This can be through a Managed Service Provider (MSP) or a service you buy through a registrar (like Namecheap).

DDoS attacks and the OSI model
The end-user receives software on screen they can interact with served by common protocols, e.g. FTP (files), SMPT (email), HTTP (webpages).
Allows applications to interpret the meaning of data e.g. translates encryption, compression, machine-specific conventions.
The session layer creates communication channels, synchronizing, checkpointing, and recovering data at each exchange (session) between devices.
Data is transferred by a protocol which is a process or application e.g. TCP, UDP (video/music) protocols.
Deliver data to the intended destinations using IP addresses.
Data is packaged into frames to make for easy transfer between neighboring network modes of travel.
Tiny bits of data travel over physical cables throughout the international network.

DDoS attacks and the OSI model

DDoS hackers can target the transport layer (layers 1-4) of the operating system of the Internet (OSI). This operating system tells every byte of data where to go and how to travel. Transport layer attacks may target your DNS. The second entry point involves layers 5-7, where zombie botnet attacks flood your server (the target) with queries.

Don’t wait for hackers to shut down all your connected Internet devices and overwhelm your website’s bandwidth. It’s important to secure every layer of the OSI system — and you can!

OSI (Operating System of the Internet) model.
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How DNS and CDN services prevent DDoS

Reject the queries

Reject the queries

A CDN hides your origin address, making it impossible for attackers to Identify your origin nameserver and hijack your bandwidth. Now that your IP is not visible in HTTP GET and POST headers (L5–7), you can avoid query floods when you set your CDN to identify and filter suspicious traffic. This keeps legitimate traffic flowing to your website

Absorb an attack

Absorb an attack

You can prepare in advance for breaches at the DNS layer (L4). A service such as PremiumDNS disperses requests using powerful Anycast global servers — 30+ edge server nodes. The network can handle large DNS query volumes—no worries. This gives you time to fix your system server or wait for the server owner to mitigate the attack — known as DDoS mitigation — and you can stay online.

Distribute your content

Distribute your content

When you deploy Supersonic CDN your website is distributed globally. Think of this as spreading your content over a wider surface. A DDoS targets a particular server with content queries; but you have alternative servers making sure your content is still available during the attack. You won’t lose customers, and you have time to re-route traffic around the struggling server.

For more detail on the twin protections of paid-for-services and how preparing for DDoS is essential for your website, read our blog Stop DDoS hackers before they attack →

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Why Namecheap

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Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What is PremiumDNS?

    DNS (Domain Name System) is the system that links your domain name to your server/website. By choosing our PremiumDNS option, you get a faster connection time, better security, and a 100% uptime guarantee. Keep your site up and running, even when it’s busy, and guard against DDOS attacks with our PremiumDNS plan.

  • What is a CDN?

    CDN stands for Content Delivery Network. A CDN is a group of distributed servers around the world that cache (store) and deliver assets (like images and video) to your website visitors more quickly, no matter where they’re located. In addition to faster website loading times, a CDN also secures your website, protecting it from DDoS and/or cyber-attacks.

  • What is a DNS?

    The Domain Name System (DNS) is used by computers to translate web addresses, or Uniform Resource Locators(URLs) into a string of numbers known as Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. When you type a URL into your web browser, your browser uses IP numbers to track down the site’s DNS records. Then, the DNS performs a whole series of operations to retrieve the website for you. In the final step, the DNS switches the IP address of the website you were seeking back to its domain name. Impressively, in fractions of a second, the website appears on your screen.

Terms and conditions
  • One price per domain per year. PremiumDNS works with any domain name registered with any registrar.
  • If you experience downtime due to a PremiumDNS failure, we'll provide a compensatory credit for up to 30 days.
  • Supersonic CDN is only available for EasyWP Subscriptions with Namecheap domains, 3rd Party domains using FreeDNS, and domains using Namecheap Shared Hosting nameservers. EasyWP customers using free domains are not eligible for CDN early access at this time.

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