GoDaddy has partnered with SiteLock to provide security for business websites, the companies announced Wednesday.
SiteLock scans for vulnerabilities like malware, suspicious code and back doors and automatically addresses them, providing customers with protection without requiring them to put their own time or effort into monitoring. The service starts at about $20 a year.
“GoDaddy is focused on ‘making the business of business easy’ and services like SiteLock save customers time so they can focus on their passion,” GoDaddy VP and GM, Security Products, Wayne Thayer said. “Security is more important than ever and we partnered with SiteLock because we found SiteLock to provide the most advanced and complete security solution available.”
Security features previously offered by GoDaddy include SSL certificates, code signing certificates, and premium DNS.
The presence of malware on GoDaddy-hosted sites was pointed out in a FireHost report in February, which detailed the use of cloud service provider networks in hacks using botnets. If GoDaddy customers protect their own sites with SiteLock, they may end up doing their host a favor as well.
With GoDaddy planning for an IPO in the near future, the importance of protecting customer confidence will soon extend to potential shareholders.
In its bid to offer all website services an SMB might need as a one-stop shop, GoDaddy announced a partnership with Spree Commerce in February to offer an “online store” solution.
A pair of studies released in spring 2013 indicated that cybersecurity is one of the areas SMBs most need help with from hosted solutions. By adding SiteLock, GoDaddy may help both itself and its customers.