5. Do Malware Scanning
Your website should have regular malware scans and/or a malware protection system running. This will detect any malicious code or malware on your website.
6. Have an SSL Certificate in Place
All websites should have a working SSL certificate in place across the whole website. This ensures data transferred between the person browsing your website and the website itself is encrypted. If you don’t have one, most browsers will now flag up warning messages.
7. Use Secure Website Hosting
Having secure website hosting is very important. This is since the hosting is another way that an attacker can infiltrate your website. Your website hosting should be with a reliable company, have a firewall in place and other restrictions, such as limiting access to files and FTP access.
8. Make Sure Website Backups Are in Place
It’s very important to have website backups in place. This needs to be for both the website files and the database and the backups should be kept for many days. If a problem did occur with your website, the backup would allow it to be restored. Backups are also, of course, useful if you accidentally delete a file that you needed.
9. Have a Web Application Firewall (WAF) in Place
A great additional protection for websites is to put a Web Application Firewall (WAF) in place. There are several WAF providers and one of the leading ones is Cloudflare (we use this). A Web Application Firewall filters any traffic before it gets to your website. This means checks can be done and if the access is not normal, it can be blocked. They have a secondary purpose in that many WAFs (including CloudFlare) act as a Content Delivery Network (CDN), which results in an improvement to your website speed.
You may be able to action some of these tips yourself, whilst others may need the assistance of your web designer or agency.