1. Keep all software updated

This suggestion applies not only to your website, but to every piece of software you have installed on your workstations.

Fraudsters and hackers have proven they can find vulnerabilities and security flaws in software. The best providers of software frequently provide software fixes to fend off vulnerabilities that can be exploited. If you don’t update your software when updates become available, you could be leaving a wide-open door for hackers to attack and penetrate your personal information.

Try to keep software updated on your workstations. An infected workstation could give access to other systems, including your website. If your website is powered by a content management system, such as WordPress, you will need to keep the content management software updated at all times. This includes refreshing any plugins that you may have installed.

Because content management systems, like WordPress, are so widely used, any security holes that are found are quickly shared amongst the hackers.

2. Keep backups of your website, local and offsite

If your website has been hacked and infused with malware, the most secure way to fix the issue is to restore your website from the most recent backup prior to the issue.

Make sure the sever your site is hosted on is being backed up daily, and make sure your webmaster is retaining copies of your site locally (and securely, of course) as an extra precaution.

Use an established and reputable hosting provider

Not all hosting providers are alike. Many discount web hosting companies do not make adequate investments into security.

As you select your website host, ask your provider how they keep your websites protected. Ask them to confirm how they make regular software updates to the server operating system and other installed software.

3. Manage User Access

It is import to filter and restrict who has access to your important systems and website. This is not suggesting that you shouldn’t trust your contractors or employees – it’s because the more staff you have with access to systems, the higher the probability of someone from your business becoming victim to a cyber scam or hack, which could then lead to problems.

4. Use an SSL Certificate

An SSL Certificate is used to establish a secure, encrypted connection between your website and a visitor’s web browser. If your website uses logins, processes payments, or stores personal information, an SSL certificate is not only required from most compliance standpoints, it will also give comfort to your visitors that you take their privacy and security serioiusly.