A sad fact that many website owners face on a regular basis is website malware. Each week, about 1 per cent of all live websites are infected with malware, according to SecurityWeek. This amounts to about 18,500,000 websites, 44 times a day, with an average website being targeted.
As such, it is a must to protect your website from malware, especially when you realize that almost 17 per cent of all websites infected end up being blacklisted by search engines.
It goes without saying that it would have a detrimental effect on your company as well as on your reputation if your site gets blacklisted. However, in order to protect your site from malware, there are some measures you may take and we will mention them in this post.
Seven ways to protect your website and protect it from malware
Below, you can find seven different ways to make your site safer and minimize the risk of malware infection.
1. Regularly check your site
The first suggestion that we have for you is to search your site for possible malware on a regular basis. You can search your entire site for possible bugs, malware, updated files, and check whether your site has been blacklisted by using a service such as the Security Check in your ManageWP dashboard. What’s more, since this feature can flag site errors and obsolete codes, you will also be able to see where possible bugs are so that you can respond on time and patch them before hackers take advantage of it.
You can also search your computer periodically and have the new anti-virus software installed on top of scanning your web. Keeping your machine secure means that in the event you unintentionally download an infected file, you will not accidentally spread the malware to your site.
2. Take standard backups
Another way to secure it from malware is to take daily backups of your website as a backup means that you can easily restore your site to the way it was before malware infection.
It should be noted that your backups should be kept offsite to ensure that in case your hosting provider gets compromised due to a security breach or power failure, you still have access to them.
You can enable the Backup feature on your ManageWP dashboard, similar to security scans.
3. Execute Changes
Another way to keep your site secure is not only to update your WordPress plugins regularly but also your theme and WordPress centre. 39.3 per cent of compromised WordPress pages have used an obsolete WordPress version, according to statistics.
Often, however, WordPress updates might go wrong and you might come across the white WordPress death screen or you might find out after the update that your favourite plugin stops working. As such, you have to carry out stable updates. If something goes wrong, our Safe Updates feature will create a restore point for you, perform the updates, and then allow you to easily restore your site.
4. Upgrade your Strategy for Hosting
Consider switching to a controlled WordPress hosting plan or a hosting plan that is more suitable for company websites such as VPS or Dedicated servers if you are using a shared hosting plan.
While more sophisticated hosting plans appear to be more costly, they also have more security features that can help keep your site secure. These features generally include 24/7 monitoring of security, firewall, certificates of SSL, and more.
5. Using HTTPS and SSL
Once, it was only important to convert your site to HTTPS if you had an e-commerce site. Nowadays, for all websites, HTTPS, which stands for HyperText Transfer Protocol Safe, is recommended unless you want search engines to display a security alert when anyone tries to access it.
HTTPS is the encrypted version of HTTP and it encrypts all communications between the browser of a visitor and your website. If you install an SSL certificate on your site, HTTPS is enabled and is marked by a green padlock or a green bar in the address bar of your browser.
6. Safe Passwords Use and Implement
If you want to make the life of a hacker harder, using strong and safe passwords for all your online accounts and profiles is a must. Many of us, though, are guilty of reusing the same password or of using a password that is all too simple to guess.
Ideally, the password should be longer than 8 characters and include a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols or special characters in upper and lower case. But it is not so easy to come up with a specific password and then recall it, which is why you should try using a password manager like LastPass.
You should have a separate, strong password for your WordPress dashboard, your hosting account, your domain provider account, and every other account associated with your site when it comes to your website. This applies, regardless of their position, to any registered user on your site as well. To reduce the chances of being hacked, you should also plan to change your passwords and passwords every 6 months like every other user on your site.
7. Setup a Firewall for Web applications
Finally, consider installing a firewall for the web application or investing in a hosting package with a firewall for the web application installed. The firewall serves as your first line of protection and detects known threats to your site.
The firewall would effectively take a look at the incoming traffic and analyze it based on geographical location, what information visitors are seeking, and how they act. It will then allow and block suspicious traffic such as spambots and hackers from legitimate visitors and search engines.
It is a frightening suggestion to find out that your site has been compromised with malware, but you don’t have to leave things to chance. In order to secure your site and protect it from malware, use the tips in this post.