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  1. #1
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    Shared Plans and ECommerce?

    I am looking at a medium shared plan, at Hostgator, to run a small co. ECommerce site. They are a local concern and I do not see heavy traffic for the site. The issue I have data security for the files and the data on mySql. Do the better hosts lock down their systems from most persistent attacks?

    I guess I need to know if major security issues would require me to move to a VPS or dedicated option? They cost more and I do not see that the traffic would justify the expense.
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    I woud say that a good shared hosting provider normally considers security a priority, and mysql can be locked down pretty good. A VPS option would give you more flexibility in what you want but unless you have someone who knows security locking down a vps can be a chore.
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    Hi,

    Most hosting companies are ecommerce friendly and if you're not processing credit cards directly through your own merchant account, any shared hosts should be fine as long as theres no confidential information stored such as "Credit Card Numbers" and so on.

    If you wish to process CC Directly you'll need to contact your host and have SSL Installed and so on.

    Good luck
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    I will plan to process CC ansd use SSL, also my shop encrypts the information.

    The mySql issue it access to customer name + other info stored on the database.
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  5. Very seldomly are quality hosting providers servers hacked. If you go with a reliable provider you should be fine

  6. #6
    Quote Originally Posted by dm_fw
    I guess I need to know if major security issues would require me to move to a VPS or dedicated option? They cost more and I do not see that the traffic would justify the expense.
    You can go with VPS or a dedicated server
    However, it will be worse if you don't know how to secure your box.
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    Of course if your server's not managed properly then you're at risk whether it's shared or dedicated.

    Given equal quality of management, the additional risk with a shared account is that the bad guys can be one step closer to you by getting access to another account on the same server - either by signing up for an account or getting into one of your neighbours accounts through an insecure script.

    Personally I recommend a fully managed VPS as the minimum spec for handling credit card numbers. Your merchant provider may also have specific requirements.
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  8. #8
    Quote Originally Posted by foobic
    Personally I recommend a fully managed VPS as the minimum spec for handling credit card numbers. Your merchant provider may also have specific requirements.
    This is very true and applies even if you aren't storing the credit card numbers. A professionally managed dedicated or VPS is a must. Unless you have experience, please don't try and manage it yourself. Also make sure you follow the credit card co's guidelines for dealing with cards, or they can and will fine you.

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    If you store credit card numbers, be sure to encrypt them. There is a lot of good information for how to do this in the Technical and Security Issues forum.
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  10. #10
    Quote Originally Posted by dm_fw
    I am looking at a medium shared plan, at Hostgator, to run a small co. ECommerce site. They are a local concern and I do not see heavy traffic for the site. The issue I have data security for the files and the data on mySql. Do the better hosts lock down their systems from most persistent attacks?

    I guess I need to know if major security issues would require me to move to a VPS or dedicated option? They cost more and I do not see that the traffic would justify the expense.
    the mysql with proper length password is secure. ftp login as well.
    for more security, put ur page in https. if they run the attack, will b harded.

    place more prevention at the webpage coding part. lockout. prevention. ip blocking etc.

    for vps or dedicated server, you hav to take care of the security issue.
    there will be like starting from scratch.

    i even seen some website running the sms code verification for login.
    you need to login, firstly request a sms key. sorry if this is out of topic. but that the thing can go to. even outside of web server.

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