“Freedom is a heavy load, a great and strange burden for the spirit to undertake. It is not easy. It is not a gift given, but a choice made, and the choice may be a hard one. The road goes upward towards the light; but the laden traveler may never reach the end of it.” · URSULA K. LE GUIN
This article explains, among other things, that safe_mode is no substitute for a secure server, and no shared host is ever going to be as secure as a dedicated one. However, if you're stuck on a shared host, I give some advice for making the most of your stay.