FAQs

SiteGuard is a FREE tool designed to help evaluate and grade your website, highlight vendor code that may have been cancelled but not removed from your site, and identify bad scripts that may be slowing down your website or causing a bad customer experience.

Why wouldn’t you? SiteGuard is a great way to check if your website is performing as it should without or that may need attention.

Have you cancelled vendors before? Do you think of ensuring the code is cleaned up off the site? Do you know to track the security of your website? Most people don’t. SiteGuard is here to help give you the tools to be able to do that in just a few seconds.

We are all always looking for ways to ensure our websites (our digital showrooms) are performing the best they possibly can to outperform our competitors. We wanted to create a website test geared at automotive solving some of the big issues that haven’t been addressed until now. Unless you had someone at your company who understood how to read code, you were at the mercy of trusting your providers. Not anymore. SiteGuard can help you monitor to ensure only the right providers are living in your site and that everything is secure.

Yes, it is. Because not enough things today are free and this is something that will help all of us be better.

Keep it simple! There's no perfect number - but you should be 100% confident that you know exactly where each script is from, what it does, and why it's there.

Your website is the window into your showroom – by being aware of the vendors who have scripts on your website, you can control how the site runs, functions, and the experience shoppers have when they visit it. Not to mention that vendors who put inefficient scripts can slow down your website and/or cause a bad customer experience.

A vampire vendor is a term we invented. They take leads that would already be converting on your website and essentially sell that lead back to you making you pay for it. Read more about vampire vendors here.

The easiest way to recognize any insecure element is to look at its URL. Any file linked to a web page via HTTP, rather than HTTPS, means it’s insecure – because the 'S' in HTPPS signifies that the link is secure!

Insecure elements can be anything that contain HTTP – such as photos from your inventory or 3rd party widgets like your chat tool.

Insecure elements compromise the security of your website, slow down site speed, and can also result in a bad user experience - causing popups and distractions. With insecure elements, you risk allowing a visitor’s data to be intercepted for 3rd party use without your knowledge.

It should be no surprise that Google caters to secure websites. This is because users can know that the website will encrypt their information for the added level of security. Insecure elements can also decrease SEO rankings and remove valuable information about where website traffic is coming from.

HTTPS is far more secure than HTTP – because the S stands for "secure". A website that uses HTTP has http:// in its URL, while a website that uses HTTPS has https://.

HTTPS uses SSL to encrypt HTTP requests and responses, so instead of seeing text, an attacker would see a bunch of seemingly random characters.

HTTP vs. HTTPS

HTTP vs. HTTPS

Aside from removing them - you can easily resolve this by replacing any http:// references on your website with secure references so that the objects are loaded through https://. Any content that cannot be loaded securely should not be referenced on your website if you do not want users to experience this error.

A "Secure Sockets Layer" (SSL) certificate is a technology for making sure that the internet connection between a web page and its visitors is kept completely secure. If the page you're visiting has an SSL certificate applied to it, you can be sure that any confidential information being transferred (passwords, credit card information, and so on) is kept completely safe and cannot be intercepted or stolen.

You'll know when you're on a page with an SSL certificate because the URL will start with HTTPS (rather than HTTP). You'll also see the little green padlock (the icon for SSL) next to your browser's address bar.

Contact your site provider or IT specialist for next steps.

Absolutely! Head over to FullThrottle and find out how our team can get you a top-notch, secure, consumer friendly, mobile-first website and sales driving machine!