Malicious software, or malware, is everywhere. The majority of it is created and used by criminals to try to collect sensitive information, like passwords, bank details, or other private information. The rest of it is there simply to cause disruption. Either way, you need to avoid it at all costs.

Just one piece of stubborn malware could destroy your business, rob you of your hard earned cash, or be used to destroy your reputation. There are many types of software out there, such as firewalls, that can help you take a huge step towards remaining malware free, but as with everything the criminals work as fast as the technology, and they are constantly striving to find a way in. When you are dealing with websites, your malware risk massively increases. Traffic through your site can carry unwanted programmes with them, along with many other modes of infection. Here are some tips to stay safe:

Keep everything updated

Make sure you always have the most up to date protection for your site. Install all patches as soon as they become available for all software. The criminals are always working, so this is vitally important for maintaining internet security.

Use strong passwords

Always create strong passwords; this makes life far harder for spyware. Make use of capitals, numbers, and symbols, and change them often.

Run scans daily

Even if you haven’t updated anything and have had no traffic, run daily scans. Make it a part of your routine.

Check all additions

Run thorough scans on all software and files that you upload to your site. Don’t take any chances.

Vet ad providers

Do background checks on any ad providers you have on your sites. Do some googling for any past issues, and if you’re not totally confident in them, don’t deal with them.

Keep a close eye on user areas

Monitor user areas of your sites; these are often common places for problems, as they are the most easily penetrated point. Ensure there are clear notices about linking to malware, and monitor it as often as possible.