The internet may have revolutionised our lives, but it’s also spawned numerous threats and challenges. From malware to hackers, cyberspace is fraught with danger. And then there’s the issue of cybercrime, where company databases are attacked, or sensitive information is unlawfully acquired. Given the punitive damages now incurred for breaches of the EU’s new GDPR framework, website security has never been so important.
Prioritising Website Security
Here at UK2, we’ve been monitoring and pre-emptively tackling online threats for many years. In an age when five thousand websites are attacked on a daily basis, we’ve seen first-hand how small businesses struggle to recover from a major system’s attack. Most companies will subsequently go out of business – deserted by distrusting customers, or simply unable to recover from losing irreplaceable data.
We realised that something needed to be done, and SiteLock was chosen as our main weapon against cybercrime. Instantly activated and always vigilant, this market-leading utility can be added to any of our web hosting packages. We offer three versions from as little as £1.25 per month, all designed to monitor websites for vulnerabilities and dangers.
SiteLock: Saving Websites Daily
Whichever version of SiteLock you add to your website, it includes a number of standard features. Daily scans of individual web pages will proactively identify threats, from network ports to web forms – a popular point of entry for attackers and spammers. You’ll also be able to add the SiteLock Trust Seal, reassuring customers your site is safe to use.
However, SiteLock extends beyond basic security and malware detection into areas like traffic statistics. It eliminates comment spam, ensuring anyone completing a web form is human. It will even prevent automated bots from scraping content from your site. Scraped data usually ends up on directories, and may damage your overall ranking if it contains duplicate text or if the directory is considered low quality.
As well as downgrading websites with dubious associations, search engines prioritise platforms that are optimised for mobile. Rapid loading times have become vital for performing strongly in search results pages. SiteLock will minify HTML and CSS coding to reduce loading times, as well as balancing the rival demands of image size and quality. Static content is cached and compressed, while unlimited bandwidth should ensure rapid display on user devices. And to further accelerate loading times, UK2 will store multiple copies of each web page in our strategically located data centres around the world.