Website and game owners and admins everywhere must remain prepared for a possible attack, including hacks, phishing schemes, and DDoS attacks.
The latter is becoming more and more common. Any website is prone to DDoS attacks, and gaming sites are no exception.
In 2017, a DDoS attack aimed at PlayStation servers brought down several major services, blocking user access to Netflix, Amazon, and others throughout the northeastern parts of the US.
DDoS protection helps prevent disruption of service for your users.
What Is a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Attack?
A DDoS attack occurs when hacker bombards your servers with fake traffic. This traffic overwhelms the site's servers. The result is a denial of service.
The impact is that your website's actual users can't access your site until you hand the attack.
DDoS attacks range in severity. They can be as little as a few gigabytes per second and up to several hundred gigabytes. The larger the DDoS attack, the more trouble you'll have stopping it.
How to Protect Against DDoS
Most hosting companies offer DDoS protection packages to guard against DDoS attacks.
DDoS protection uses advanced software and algorithms to monitor incoming traffic to your website. They usually include a free DDoS firewall (sometimes called and anti-DDoS firewall) as well.
The protection system denies access to any traffic it identifies as non-legitimate. Legitimate traffic filters through to the website.
DDoS protection guards against attacks up to certain size. Most protection options guard against attacks from 5-10 gigabytes per second. Larger options protect against the bigger attack of 100 gigabytes per second or more.
It's up to you to choose the level you need.
Impacts of a DDoS Attack
To understand how critics DDoS protection is to your business, think about the impact of your website going down for 1-3 days. How would that affect your sales? How many prospective clients would you lose?
If a company generates, say, $5,000 in sales on an average day, one DDoS attack could cost the company over $15,000. That's a big hit for a small business.
If an attack happens during your busiest season, such as Christmas, the number of lost sales increases drastically.
DDoS attacks also affect your brand's reputation. Users won't know you're the victim of hacking. All they know is that they visited your site but couldn't get through because your servers were down.
How Much DDoS Protection Do You Need?
Hosting companies are starting to include basic DDoS protection for all dedicated servers. Though, a basic option may not be enough to suit your needs.
To decide how much DDoS protection you need, consider the average amount of traffic your website receives. The average DDoS attacks fall at approximately 14.1Gbps. Therefore, most DDoS protection plans offer 20Gbps of protection.
You can consult with your hosting company to see what they recommend. It may be that you need a full 40Gbps to cover larger attacks.
With DDoS protection, you can prepare for DDoS attacks of all kinds. Doing so means that when it happens, you can avoid downtime as well as maintain your reputation.
Which DDoS Protection Plan Will You Choose?
Any business that needs to stay online needs DDoS protection. How robust that DDoS protection plan should depend on your business needs. If you have any questions about our DDoS protection plans, please contact us.