Have your website protected by a firewall. Be sure to choose a firewall that allows for viewing of any real-time attempts that are taking place to hack your website.
Make sure your website has migrated from HTTP to HTTPS. HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) is the first part of your url at the top of your web page. If there is an ‘S’ on the end, then that means your website is protected with three key layers:
- Encryption—encrypting the exchanged data to keep it secure from eavesdroppers. That means that while the user is browsing a website, nobody can “listen” to their conversations, track their activities across multiple pages, or steal their information.
- Data integrity—data cannot be modified or corrupted during transfer, intentionally or otherwise, without being detected.
- Authentication—proves that your users communicate with the intended website. It protects against man-in-the-middle attacks and builds user trust, which translates into other business benefits.
Check the quality of your hosting provider. Some providers are simply more secure than others. Look for a provider that offers a reputable image as well as a proactive approach when it comes to security.
Keep a judicious eye on your plug-ins. When it comes to plugins, you should also as few as possible. Not only do plugins slow down the speed of your site, but they can open up your website to additional risks. If you have plugins that you are not currently using, make sure that you delete them. Also, keep all software and plugins updated with the latest edition. Updates often include improvements to the security of these items.
Finally, keep in mind that no website is completely safe from hacks. If you’ve been listening to the news recently, you know that it can happen to any company and any website, including yours. Regardless of the size of the company or the effort put into protecting the site, there is always a chance that a hack will occur. Because of this, make sure that all your data is protected and backed up regularly.