Website Security

Don't think you aren't a target
43 percent of cyber attacks target small business. Symantec
Don't get flagged
Effective July 2018, Google’s Chrome browser marks non-HTTPS sites as ‘not secure’ SearchEngineLand
Basic security matters more than ever
Only 38 percent of global organizations claim they are prepared to handle a sophisticated cyber attack. HelpNetSecurity
Website security has a lot to do with web servers and how how they are configured. At the very least, it is IMPERATIVE that your site is SSL-encrypted or you will be flagged as unsafe and flagged as such.

Examples of security needs:

  • Should be SSL (ie https:// not http:// -- you should see a locked key in your browser address bar.)
  • Cross-site Scripting protections
  • Prevent Cross-site Request Forgery
  • Prevent Clickjacking

Benefits of a secure website:

  • Don't get flagged as "unsafe"! Nobody will visit, and it hurts your rankings, reputation, and page authority.
  • Getting hacked can be very embarrassing. This happens when webmasters don't keep code up to date.

Website security: Qualys | Sophos | Securi | OpenSSL

Frequently Asked Questions: 

How does a website get flagged for being insecure?

Beginning in July 2018, Google's Chrome browser automatically flags (red warning) any website that isn't SSL encrypted, ie the site should read HTTPS:// not HTTP:// If your website ever gets hacked (likelier if SSL) and is used for spam or scams, your site can be on anti-virus and anti-spam databases. So people running other programs like Bitdefender or McAfee will see you flagged.