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Virus attack. Here is how you can protect your website from viruses

“I don’t think it will happen to me” is a common sentiment that we all share when we see someone going through a tragic situation. More than 30,000 websites are attacked each day and many business owners think that they are not at risk. Link: https://www.computing.co.uk/ Let us clarify that for you- if your business is on the Internet, then be prepared for a malware attack, which is why you need to do website virus scans periodically. While the previous sentence might sound a little harsh, the repercussions of being hit by malware can be terrible for your business. Here we are going to discuss “how to protect a website from viruses”

Not only would it mean that your business will literally stop thanks to a dead website, you will also end up looking like a less than a credible organisation. Be proactive when it comes to the security of your website. For no fault of your own, your website will get blacklisted by search engines if it is infected.

Worry not, 365andUP’s team is there to help you with these 8 steps to combat virus attacks

Regular scans

Doing the most basic thing is ignored often because you assume it will not fetch any rewards. Don’t do that mistake when it comes to the security of your website. Our first advice would be to scan your website regularly. Put it on a post-it notes so that you don’t miss it. Scan your complete site for potential vulnerabilities, malware, trojans, and see if your site has been blacklisted. Using website virus scans regularly will empower you to notice where your site is vulnerable thus helping you take steps that will stop hackers on their tracks.

Enforce strong passwords

If you know businesses whose password is “123456” or a combination of the founder’s name, that’s a disaster in the making. We cannot stress enough about creating strong passwords that hackers will not be able to break. Here is our advice when creating passwords:

  • Should be at least 8 characters and longer
  • Contain uppercase letters
  • Contain lowercase letters
  • Have numerals
  • Include symbols and
  • Special characters

If you think to remember complex passwords are difficult, we suggest you use tools like LastPass, 1Password, Norton Password, etc, to store them. Update your password every three months and ensure that you have a separate (and strong) password for your WP dashboard, hosting account, domain provider account, etc.

Install Firewall

What is the role of a firewall? Firewall looks at the incoming visitor requests, evaluates them based on their geographical location, the information they request, past behaviour and so on. This enables a firewall only allows legitimate visitors and curtails the inflow of bots and hackers. Firewall acts as an initial dose of security in monitoring your site for threats.

Lock down permissions

The content in all websites are stored as a series of files and folders on your hosting account. This contains all the data that runs your website. Each of these files and folders comes with a set of permissions that restrict users on how they can view the website- read, write or execute any given file. Change the permissions that have been set as default and re- assign them based on the priority of the respective user.

Perform updates regularly

Stats say that 39.9% of WP websites that were infected were using an outdated version of it. Regularly update your WordPress plugins, themes and any other tools that you use for your website. Most of these updates come with solutions for previous security flaws, removes bugs and a faster system. Also, WordPress has an active community that takes care of any vulnerabilities that arise, so please don’t be without updating your site.

Take periodic backups

Waking up to an infected website is not as bad as knowing that there is no backup data stored anywhere else. Use a tool that takes periodic backups of your website data. Make sure that your backups are stored securely somewhere. It is wise if you can backup the data on cloud as well as on an external device just to be doubly safe about that.

Hire the services of a website virus protection company

An online website virus scanner solution scans your website automatically at regular intervals to see if there is any suspicious behaviour. Doing regular checks is important because you never know when someone might attack, and it won’t be obvious if someone is planning it. Therefore, frequent checks can flush out patterns which are used to identify if there will be an attack.

Secure the Admin login page

When hackers know the location of the admin login page, they try brute force attack where they type in username and passwords based on your details, randomly, to get access to the site. Therefore, we recommend you use stronger passwords and provide a provision where the login form will be locked after a few wrong attempts.

Conclusion

Finding out that you have been infected with viruses is a scary thought. Do not be slack about your security. Learn how to protect your website against hackers using an online website virus scanner. If you need more assistance to ensure smooth functioning of your website and to thwart any external virus attacks, get on a call with 365andUP’s team. We will help you understand how our tool can safeguard your business against any dangers with our website virus protection services.

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