Website security has become a topic that everyone needs to take seriously. Too many business owners have felt the negative impact of poor website security: from lower search engine rankings to hacked sites to losing all of their data. So it’s important that we all take website security seriously, and here are three sites (plus a bonus) to help.
Put the URL of your site into this tool and it’ll tell you exactly why your visitors are not seeing that padlock in the address bar of their browser. The padlock is important because Google has included it as one of its many signals that determine your position in search results since 2018. Plus, many browsers and some corporate networks will block sites that aren’t secure.
The results of this report will most likely be somewhat technical and may require you to work with your hosting company. Your hosting company should be able to help you fix most of the reported issues. If they refuse to help or refer you to a web developer, then please feel free to reach out to us.
This tool checks your server configuration to ensure that there aren’t any security holes. It looks at different protocols and setting on your web server for things that are outdated or not set correctly. Unless you manage your own server, there’s not much you can do with these results other than switch hosting providers, which is what we recommend if you’re seeing anything less than an A. Even a B indicates that your hosting company doesn’t take security as seriously as they should.
Now, most of the popular hosting companies such as GoDaddy, BlueHost, SiteGround, Wix, and Shopify generally do a good job with keeping up with their security. But some of these bargain hosting companies or services may not factor that in – you often get what you pay for. If you have any questions or would like some guidance, we’re here to help.