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What is Secure Hosting?

Secure hosting is the process of making sure any web content, data or transactions are protected using the latest security measures available to hosting platforms. Websites are under threat from two main areas: Firstly, identity theft in the form of accessing or stealing important information and payment details stored online. The second major threat is from hackers who look to cause disruption, crippling sites and preventing on-going business activity.

 

What is secure hosting

The importance of secure hosting

For businesses of any size, both these security threats are real and serious. You can’t afford to lose customer trust and the interruption to your site can cause significant loss of earnings. Studies have shown that one in four people don’t trust online sites with our information for fear of data theft, which means you may be losing a quarter of your market share straight off the bat.

Furthermore, 74% of people are less likely to complete an internet purchase if they are made to wait or have doubts about the security of the checkout area.

What makes hosting secure

Secured hosting aims to eliminate these threats and assure customers that you have taken their security seriously. This can be done using a number of key features.

HTTPS – Hosting your site using a more modern and secure transfer protocol is the first step in online security. This will also boost your search ranking as major search engines including Google are giving preference to HTTPS and HTTP2 sites, as they indicate a secure host.

SSL – A secure sockets layer is a certificate of secured hosting and encryption method which keeps information safe online. There are various levels of protection but the best will provide you with a security padlock and green URL section in the address bar. This lets clients know that their information is as safe as possible online.

Back ups – UK secure web hosting companies should be performing regular back ups of data and information stored on sites. There should be a regular schedule in place to assure this is done.

Server maintenance – Secure hosting services should be carrying out regular maintenance and security upgrades.