Better Chickity-check Your Site Before Some Jerk Wrickety-wrecks Your Site

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Why You Should Have an SSL, Daily Backups, and Malware Protection

 

“You now MUST have SSL Certificates on Your Websites or Your Site will be Flagged as NOT SECURE”
—love, Google

What the heck is an SSL Certificate?

I know, right?! Stop torturing us, Google! First Google demanded that everyone have a mobile-friendly site and now you may have heard of the need for SSL Certificates or received a message that your site is not secure.

SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server (your website http) and a browser (Google, Firefox, Safari, etc). This link ensures that all data passed between the web server and browsers remain private and integral.

It is very likey your website fits the requirements for needing a SSL Certificate. In fact, we can’t think of a single Eden website client who does not. These requirements are: your website is on http:// AND your site has text inputs such as login, search bars, newsletter sign-up/contact forms, etc.

If you don’t have an SSL certificate, a secure connection cannot be established and Google will flag your website by displaying “Not Secure” in the URL bar.

Here are three good reasons to have an SSL Certificate:

  1. It Encrypts Sensitive Information
  2. It Helps to Protect You From Cybercriminals
  3. Having One Builds Trust & Brand PowerHow do you get one? Read on my friend. 

Malware Protection

Malware is short for malicious software. It is software that is intended to damage or disable computers and computer systems. Oftentimes malware will present as links added to your site pointing to viagra or other pharmaceuticals.You may also see a warning next to your site through google or your broswer stating that your site has been hacked.

Rest assured that, 99% of the time, this is not a personal attack on you, but a random unlucky occurrence. Hackers will attack an entire server at once and just hit what they can. Sometimes they are even testing their malware on smaller sites in preparation for hitting larger ones.

How do you protect yourself and fight back?

Make sure your passwords are secure. This means using very long, impossible to remember sequences of letters and numbers. I like to use this password generator to do it quickly. You can also use a password vault to keep all of your passwords secure yet accessible for when you need to remember them. I like pwSafe because I can access it from my phone and my laptop. A good rule is to change your passwords every month or quarter but, seriously, who has time for that?

Get malware protection. There are many third-party options out there but recently hosts companies have started offering malware removal and protection as well. In order to simplify, I recommend having as many services in one place as possible so exploring services with your current host is a great place to start.


Daily Backups

Daily backups of your site files will make you extremely happy should something catastrophic happen. Many of you may have backup plugins installed on your website but they may be obsolete or need upgrading. Also, if an entire server gets knocked out you run the risk of losing your backup, too.


We Can be Your Wonder Woman

We may not have powerful bracelets but we can help protect you from attacks! If the thought of calling your host provider to inquire about services fills you with dread, we are happy to help! Most of our clients use GoDaddy so we’ve listed their current options and prices below:

  • SSL Certificate – $74.99 per year; Two Years $119
  • Daily Backup 5GB – $23.88 per year; Two Years $47.66
  • Malware Scanning, Protection, & Removal – $83.88 per year; Two Years $119

Total for all of the above for one year: $183
Total for all of the above for two years: $285.66 (save $80 over paying a year at a time)

*prices as of Feb 21, 2018

Even if you don’t have a GoDaddy hosted site, you can still use their services. If you choose to install these options yourself, be sure to add and run these plugins afterward:

  • Really Simple SSL
  • Easy HTTPS Redirection

Most folks would prefer to, well, really do anything else, then deal with these annoyances — it’s not very fun and you don’t get anything shiny or fuzzy afterwards. If you find yourself in this camp, just press the button below to email us and we’ll be happy to install these services for you. Our Protection Pack is $150 and includes installing the three services and two plugins above, plus any other plugin/theme upgrades that your site may need, plus one hour of tech support for the year. The services themselves will get billed separately by us or directly to your GoDaddy account, if you already have one.

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