How To Defend Yourself Against DDos Attacks

Posted: Oct 24 2016, 7:35pm CDT | by , Updated: Oct 25 2016, 3:46am CDT, in News | Also on the Geek Mind

 

How to Defend Yourself Against DDos Attacks
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Friday morning, many popular parts of the internet, like Netflix, Twitter, Spotify, Reddit, SoundCloud and other major sites, were rendered still as they went down for several hours. As it turns out, they all had the same service provider, Dyn, and an attack on their service caused the problem. They were disrupted by a massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, resulting in the pages "going down" for millions of users.

What happened to the internet?

Believe it or not, the internet is actually somewhat strong. Now, an attack like the one on Dyn was planned very thoroughly and there are very few ways to tell when or if an attack is going to happen again. For a short time, these attacks will be successful, but they will never take the internet down completely. 

Still, it can have an impact, as we all saw. A DDoS attack is a concern for companies that use Twitter, for example, to make money or interact with their clients. 

Will a DDoS attack happen again?

Yes, according to Recode.

Unfortunately, this is going to be the new normal until we can figure out a way to stop it. These attacks have been going on for years and they just continue to get worse and worse. Now that there are billions of internet-connected devices, it is actually easier to form an attack. Sophisticated hackers can mobilize almost any device and use it as a way to attack a specific website or server - and you might not even know it.

How can I protect myself from DDoS attacks?

The servers themselves are going to be the first level of defense against the attack. Of course, the internet itself is a great way to spread news is something like this happens. If Twitter is down, you can go to Facebook. If both are down, you can go to CNN. Just continue to the usual sources and you find the answers - great resources are Currently Down and/or Downforeveryoneorjustme.com

If you use your computer for work or school, you need to back up all of your work just to protect yourself. Use something like DropBox or GoogleDocs in addition to saving on your computer and an external drive. You can never be too safe.

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