Hi there, it’s about time we talked about website security.

Thinking about your website getting hacked is probably not high on your priorities list, we get that, but let me tell you – it does happen! In fact, it happens more often than you’d think

If you don’t have a security plan in place, it can cost you thousands to get your site back online, not to mention the cost from loss of business while your site is down.

We see this happen all too often, which is why it’s so important to have a security and maintenance plan for your website to make sure that your site is always up to date, protected, has regular security scans and can easily be restored from a recent backup should your site go down (either by a hacker or a misplaced click from yourself or an employee!)

Which leads me to my next question:

Are you ready for 2018’s Changes for Internet Security?

I mentioned in an earlier newsletter about how important having a secure certificate (the little green padlock with the HTTPS) is for your website, both for security reasons and for SEO.

Well, it’s now more important than ever!

Did you know that most web browsers now show an “INSECURE WEBSITE” warning on sites that are not secured with the green padlock and HTTPS:// in their website address?

If your website has any sort of contact form, popup that accepts user details or online payment facility, it’s now best practice to have your site secured via HTTPS with an SSL Security Certificate.

There has even been talk of sites without HTTPS being removed from the Google search results! (But more likely just not prioritised as highly as HTTPS).

Luckily, for our customers on our VIP Security & Maintenance plans who are hosted with Website Boss on our Siteground platform, you don’t need to worry as we’ll be updating your site automatically to HTTPS at no extra cost, as part of your plan thanks to Siteground’s free SSL Certificate program.

If you’re not on our VIP Security and Maintenance program then we’re of course happy for you to join, move your hosting over to us if need be and do the update for you, for free. Click the link at the end of this article to learn more.

You can learn more about our VIP Concierge Security & Maintenance Program below!

New VIP Concierge Security & Maintenance Programs

This year, we had to fix 5 websites that had either been broken by a staff member of the business, hacked or the businesses cheap hosting company automatically upgraded their site and broke it’s compatibility with plugins and other functionality.

Of these 5 websites, only 2 were on our VIP Concierge Security and Maintenance plan. The others were businesses who weren’t previously clients.

What does that mean?

That means 3 businesses needed us to fix or restore old versions of their site at an hourly rate, and in one case – completely rebuild the site due to not having adequate security, upgrades and maintenance processes in place.

Would would be the result to your business if your website went down for a week?

In all honesty, this type of thing is just as painful for us as it is for you. We don’t want to have to re-build a site any more that you want your site being down, and with the added pressure of needing to get the site back online quickly it can be a stressful time for everyone.

To avoid this headache and to receive first class service, timely fixes and peace of mind, you need to be on our VIP Concierge Plan.

We can’t wait to have you on board, to get started simply reply to this email and we’ll get you setup, backed up and secured right away!

Yes please, secure my website!

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