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Website Security Protection for Small Businesses


Website security is crucial for small businesses because it keeps your information safe and builds trust with customers. Without it, your site could get hacked, leading to problems like lost data and a damaged reputation. By focusing on security, you can keep your website safe, your customers happy, and your business running smoothly.

To boost your site's protection against cyberthreats, start investing on Bluehost's Sitelock.

What Does SiteLock Offer?

Sitelock is a service that offers website security protection for small businesses. It can safeguard your website and business from various online threats. Your website is at a greater risk of being hacked now than ever, with hackers using complex techniques such as malware, SQL injection, cross-site scripting, etc., to steal your customer data, redirect your traffic, and damage your site's reputation.

To protect your investment, SiteLock provides daily security scanning that identifies vulnerabilities and secures your site against potential threats. The SiteLock Trust Seal is another valuable feature that increases customer confidence and has been proven to boost sales and conversions significantly. In fact, 70% of web visitors seek a verifiable third-party certification before sharing their personal data, and the SiteLock Trust Seal offers just that.

As a Bluehost customer, receive up to 80% off the retail price of SiteLock's products.

Importance of Website Security for Small Businesses

The value of website security is becoming increasingly important as website attacks are on the rise from many new sources. Small businesses are particularly vulnerable as they are less likely to have adequate security measures in place. A customer data breach could lead to the shutdown of these businesses, while loss of search engine traffic or ranking can have devastating consequences.

SiteLock offers security scanning and remediation services for small businesses, including:

  • Proactive security vulnerability scanning
  • Automated malware removal
  • Reputation monitoring
  • Third-party security validation
  • Easy-to-use dashboard

Moreover, with security now top-of-mind for consumers, over 70% of online customers look for a Security Seal before providing data to a website. SiteLock's security shield has been shown to increase conversion by 15% in A/B tests, making it a valuable investment for any business looking to protect its website and build trust with its customers.

For more information on getting started with SiteLock, please see SiteLock: Getting Started.

Bluehost Website Security for Small Businesses: Packages and Features

  Description Free Scan Essentials Prevent Prevent Plus
Malware Detection Detects file-level changes and informs you of the issue.

External Scan

Scans your website from the outside and notifies you of potential threats.
24/7/365 Phone & Email Support Our team of experts can assist you 24/7.

Google Blacklist Monitoring

Protects your website from landing on search engine blacklists.

Pages scanned for Malware

- 5-10 Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
SiteLock Security Seal Prove to customers that you are a trusted, legitimate source with an official verified badge on your site.

SMART File-Level Malware Scanning

Performs FTP scans to detect and remove malicious and suspicious files.
Database Scanning Please see 360-degree Scanning below.
Scan Frequency - Daily Daily Daily Continuous
Automatic Malware Removal Automatic malware removal of infections detected in databases and files
Response Time - 12 Hours 6 Hours 4 Hours

Weekly Scan Report


Website Acceleration (CDN)

Increases website speed through static (basic) or dynamic (advanced) caching. Basic Advanced Advanced

Advanced Firewall Security

Blocks bad traffic (for example, bad bots) and protects against OWASP Top 10 (common types of hacks and targeted attacks).

For more information on getting started with SiteLock, please see SiteLock: Getting Started.

Benefits of Website Security for Small Businesses

360-Degree Scanning

360- degree scanning is a unique lightweight technology that searches for vulnerabilities in code and outdated applications without slowing down your site's performance. The scans include the following:

Instant Alerts & Reports

If a threat is detected, instant email and dashboard alerts let you take action before being blacklisted by search engines, which can destroy a site's reputation and credibility.

On-Demand Expert Services

If you don't have the expertise to remove malicious files or implement the recommended steps to prevent intrusions, our team of expert technicians is on-call and ready to clean and secure your site.

Verifiable SiteLock Trust Seal

Display the SiteLock security seal on your site, and your visitors will know your site is safe and that you've taken the necessary steps to protect them. This has been proven to increase sales and site conversions.

What Does SiteLock Monitor?

SiteLock is a website security monitoring tool for small and medium-sized businesses. SiteLock monitors websites for the following issues and vulnerabilities and alerts you of any issues:

SiteLock also verifies a business's reputation:

  • Domain ownership
  • Phone verification
  • Postal address verification
  • SSL certificate validity
  • Third-party trust seal

12 Tips to Boost Website Security Protection for Small Businesses

By incorporating these additional tips into your website security strategy, you can further strengthen the defenses of your online presence and protect your business and customers from potential threats:

  • Regular Security Scans - Conduct routine security scans using reputable tools to detect any vulnerabilities or malware lurking on your website.
  • User Permissions Management - Review and manage user permissions regularly to ensure that only authorized individuals have access to sensitive areas of your website.
  • File Upload Restrictions - Limit file upload capabilities on your website to prevent malicious files from being uploaded and executed.
  • Error Handling - Implement proper error handling to avoid leaking sensitive information in error messages that could be exploited by attackers.
  • Content Security Policy (CSP) - Utilize CSP to mitigate the risk of cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks by specifying approved sources of content on your website.
  • Disable Directory Listing - Disable directory listing to prevent unauthorized access to directories and files on your web server.
  • Website Hardening - Employ website hardening techniques such as removing unnecessary functionalities, minimizing server information exposure, and securing file permissions.
  • Secure Hosting - Choose a reputable web hosting provider that prioritizes security and offers features such as DDoS protection, regular backups, and server-side security measures.
  • Email Security - Implement email security measures such as SPF, DKIM, and DMARC to prevent email spoofing and phishing attempts.
  • Educate Customers - Educate your customers about common online security risks and advise them to be vigilant when interacting with your website, especially when providing personal information or making transactions.
  • Monitor Third-Party Integrations - Regularly monitor and update any third-party integrations or services used on your website to ensure they are secure and up to date.
  • Response Plan for Security Incidents - Develop a comprehensive response plan outlining steps to take in the event of a security breach, including communication protocols, containment procedures, and recovery strategies.


SiteLock is a website security solution for small businesses against online threats such as malware, SQL injection, and cross-site scripting. The service provides daily security scanning to identify vulnerabilities and secure your website against potential threats. It also offers a Trust Seal, which increases customer confidence and has been proven to boost sales and conversions significantly. If you require assistance, SiteLock also provides on-demand expert services.

If you need further assistance, feel free to contact us via Chat or Phone:

  • Chat Support - While on our website, you should see a CHAT bubble in the bottom right-hand corner of the page. Click anywhere on the bubble to begin a chat session.
  • Phone Support -
    • US: 888-401-4678
    • International: +1 801-765-9400

You may also refer to our Knowledge Base articles to help answer common questions and guide you through various setup, configuration, and troubleshooting steps.

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