What is a DDoS Attack, and How Do I Stop One?

Nwachukwu Glory  - Tech Expert
Last updated: November 16, 2023
Read time: 18 minutes

Want your business to succeed and stay alive in this digital age? Then learn here what a DDoS attack is and how to protect from such attacks.

DDoS, Distributed Denial of Service, is a rapidly increasing cyberattack that mainly targets websites, web apps, and cloud servers. The attackers use botnets to send heavy traffic to the website servers, limiting regular access requests to the sites. This way, it affects the website’s functionality. It may also cause it to shut down or go offline, inflicting huge revenue losses to the site owner. Business websites, e-commerce platforms, gaming sites, government portals, and high-profile organizations are on the hitlist of cybercriminals. However, personal websites are also not safe. This guide includes the best possible ways to prevent and reduce the impact of DDoS attacks.

You have probably heard about a DDoS attack but may be wondering what a DDoS attack means. The DDoS attack, also known as Distributed Denial of Service, is a fast-growing threat to sites, web servers, and web applications.

You should be worried about DDoS attacks if your company has a cloud service, website, or web application. That is pretty much everyone today, right? Knowing how to militate and keep them in their track is very important for your organization.

Not only big firms are on target, DDoS can also attack a personal website. In this article, we will cover all you need to know about DDoS and how to stop DDoS attacks alongside what are your options if you have become a victim already.

Before we move on, here are a few quick facts about DDoS attacks:

  • Did you know that it costs as little as $150 for a cybercriminal to buy a DDoS service that can last for a week?
  • A smaller DDoS attack can cost as little as $10 to cybercriminals.
  • More than 2000 DDoS attacks are launched every day around the world.
  • The cost of a DDoS attack can reach up to thousands and millions of dollars for the victim.