Does your hosting provider respect your privacy?
Online privacy and security has been a problem that has been becoming increasingly more prevalent over the last couple of years. With many companies and social media platforms leaking and selling user data, the concept of being safe online has started to slowly slip through our fingertips, being in danger of disappearing completely.
The constant technological development of companies and service providers is also not helping the process as every new technology relies on data and its utilization to work efficiently and help users throughout their day.
Hosting providers are no exception to this. So if you have a website or an application that is hosted on the Web and want to make sure that your privacy is being protected, make sure to follow along as we look into the different signals and techniques that your hosting provider might and should be undertaking in order to ensure that your privacy, identity and security are constantly governed when you are managing your servers and other services.
Does your provider use third-party cookies on their platform?
Many companies, not only hosting providers, utilize third-party cookies on their websites. Some are genuinely required in order for the website to operate, but most of them are a signal of your data being collected or your actions being tracked. While harmless in most circumstances, some cookies can be found to contain information not only about your session, but also data that can be directly linked back to you. If this information happens to fall into the wrong hands, then your identity can be at a risk of being compromised. Additionally, if you have for example shared a lot of information on social media, this combined with the already extracted data can lead to other problems and in some extreme cases – identity theft.
If your hosting provider happens to avoid using such third-party cookies then you can be a lot more confident that they are actively trying to protect your data.
Does your hosting provider allow you to pay using alternative payment methods?
What exactly do we mean by alternative payment methods? Well, simply put, paying with cryptocurrencies is a lot more secure and reliable in comparison to using any traditional payment methods. Bitcoin for example is one such method that is widely available and quite popular as well. Many hosting providers like VPSBG for example have started to accept Bitcoin as such an alternative due to the many advantages that it has, especially from the customers’ perspective. One of the most notable features is that transactions can be made anonymously due to the fact that transferring Bitcoin means to simply make a transaction from one address to another without any additional information being given. This allows customers to remain completely anonymous when conducting the payment, ultimately protecting their privacy. Additionally, the payment is then stored into the blockchain, which keeps a record of every transaction ever made, allowing you to check your payments at any time if you can find a station to connect from. However, while protecting your privacy, these transactions are not completely untraceable, which should discourage using crypto to pay for any illegal or suspicious actions including buying servers from an untrusted source.
What is more, transactions made with Bitcoin on an international level are much cheaper in comparison to traditional bank transfers and PayPal, due to the fact there is no third-party regulator that takes any additional fees from you. Moreover, Bitcoin is an universal currency, meaning that its value is the same in the world of cyberspace. Because of this, no currency exchanges need to be made, which also lowers the cost of an international transaction even more.