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Is Your Website Marked Not-Secure?

Google is leading an effort to make the web more secure, but it could hurt small businesses not  prepared for the change. Last month Google began displaying the words “not-secure” in the URL next to select web pages. Eventually their goal is to display a red triangle warning marked Not-secure next to every webpage not served over SSL.

If you use Google’s popular browser Google Chrome, you are in good company. Over 1 billion people use the browser worldwide, making it one of Google’s biggest products. But this update could damage the reputation of businesses unprepared for the change. So let’s take a look at what SSL is and what you need to do to secure your website.

Service Announcement: Faster Websites & SSL Now Included

We’re ringing in the new year with two major upgrades that will dramatically improve the speed, reliability, and security of client websites.

Effective immediately, all client websites have been moved to our new hosting provider Kinsta and throughout the next few weeks we’ll also be working to integrate SSL certificates. The best part? These upgrades are provided at no additional cost for One Stop Site Shop clients.

Let’s take a look at why we’re so excited about these changes and what they mean for your website.

How Do I Get a Website for My Small Business?

It’s a question we hear a lot from first-time entrepreneurs, how do I get a website for my small business? With all the options for website builders, designers, tools, and services the choice can be overwhelming, especially for someone unfamiliar with how web design works.

So what’s a small business owner to do? Where should they start? Here are 3 steps you can follow to help you figure out how to get a website for your small business.

Hacked Websites and Their Effect on SEO

A hacked website is often an urgent problem for small business owners. We’ve had clients describe their web hacking like a home invasion: someone ransacked the place, stole information and valuables, and left the owners with a deep feeling of violation. But until recently, there had not been any survey or studies into just how impactful a web hacking can actually be to a small business owner.

Thanks to a recent survey by Wordfence of over 1,600 website owners, we now have some insight into three primary areas of impact: search engine optimization (SEO), the amount of time a typical recovery takes, and the typical costs of repairing or replacing the site following a hack. The results were surprising.

My Website was Hacked, Now What?

Has your website been acting funny? Are strange ads or warnings popping up? Can you access the admin section? Is your site just a blank white page? If these symptoms sound familiar, your website has likely been hacked.

We’ve all heard about how websites get hacked and as a website owner it’s on you to ensure the necessary deterrent measures are in place. But too often those measures consist of “keeping our fingers crossed.” Unfortunately, that isn’t something which scares hackers away and you can never rule out the possibility of a hack sometime in the future. Just ask Target, the U.S. Government, JP Morgan, The Home Depot, or Playstation.

A hacked website – the signs

What should you look for to determine if your site has been hacked? We’ve put together a list of some common indicators of a hacked website: