In this hi-tech era, where most individuals are being fancy to do online shopping for their every single need the rage for E-commerce websites has been significantly increased. Considering this, the growth of E-commerce business has skyrocketed in the past and has gained immense impetus to the full-swing in 2016 as well. The same is expected for 2017 as well! But with this question arises, is your business safe and secured from the hacking and fraud attacks? If case you have just missed it then the shopper and you will have to pay a high price in stipulations of the burglary of the top secret information and of course the loss of customers. Hence, the question still remains with us are we safe and if not how to make your E-commerce website secure from hacking and fraud?
Well, there’s no wonder that E-commerce industry has raised the bar and has given all new dimension to entrepreneurship in the form of webpreneurs. Yeas! It is a thrilling time to see the sights of this E-commerce industry. With the entire positives, one shall certainly keep in mind that this industry is also a lucrative target for cyber criminals. This article will shed some light on the tips to prevent the hacking and fraud for your E-commerce website and how you can secure your online business for not being the easy target of hackers. It is not impossible but it can be extremely challenging…
Install SSL certificate!
We will start with SSL certificate (secure sockets layer) first as it is the prime focus for the security of your E-commerce website. SSL certificate is the de facto standard to secure all your online transactions and confidential information. Basically, SSL certificate authenticates the real identity of the users and encrypts the data while you are shopping online or are into a transit of a transaction. Definitely installing SSL certificate, especially standard SSL or EV SSL is indispensable for E-commerce websites to ascertain secure kinship between the end user’s browser and your website.
Comodo EV SSL gives high assurance by displaying company name and a green padlock icon with HTTPS in the browser address bar that is a crucial prerequisite before putting any kind of personal detail and credit card information on an online Shoppe.
Go for a well-secure E-commerce platform!
It is recommended to put your E-commerce website on a well-secure platform that utilises an urbane and refined object-orientated programming language,”(this is an excerpt from Shawn Hess, software development manager, VoIP Supply).
By this administration panel of the website will be unattainable to the invader as the data will be only offered on the internal network and shall be absolutely removed from the public facing servers. Also, there will be a secondary authentication that will authenticate the users with our internal Windows network. The perfect solution for avoiding intruders!
Avoid accumulating or saving customer’s data that you don’t need!
Hackers have an eye on the data and on the identity of the user always thus this information is critical and quite vulnerable to thieves and stealing. Therefore, don’t save or collect the information which you don’t need just shut them off. Also, while transactions via credit cards, use an encrypted checkout tunnel to diminish the need for your own servers to ever see the customer’s card details. Initially, your customers might feel it a bit inconvenient during checkout but in the long run, it has far outweighed benefits. Remember the hackers will have a stiff fight to remotely access any private data you retain.
Make use of an address and CVV system!
This tip will help your customers to feel more secure and safe while their online transactions with enabling an address verification system (AVS) that need thee card verification valu (CVV) for credit card transactions this, in turn, will reduce the fraudulent charges.
Educate Your Customers and Employees
Try educating your employees and customers on cyber laws and the policies that might affect their data. Let them understand that you are on the urge of safeguarding their information and data online for them to be happy with their online shopping. Try to make them learn all the best practices for data security and tell them not to disclose any private information, email, contact number or like just randomly.
Set up system alerts for suspicious activity
Try setting up an alarm or an alert for any discern, suspicious and fraud activity on your E-commerce website. To take an instance – a person shops multiple orders with dissimilar credit cards, addresses, phone numbers and etc. Now if these multiple orders are coming from the same IP, then it can be traced and the server administration is kept on alert. With the new-age technology, combining machine learning and big data, the E-commerce websites are all set for anti-fraud systems.
Ask your customers to keep strong passwords!
Here it is the responsibility of the E-commerce platform to educate or ask their customers to not share their password with anyone. Also, tell them to keep strong passwords with characters, symbols, small or capital alphabets or a numeric combination. Longer passwords are generally a pain in the neck for hackers. Make sure you notify your customers to change their password every 15 days or maybe monthly.
Layer-up your online security!
To be protected from the menace of cyber criminals keep your online business layered up with shielded security. Start with firewalls, a critical aspect in chasing muggers before they can even breach the network and gain access to all your critical information. Now put-up an extra layer of security on the applications such as contact forms, login boxes and search queries. This tip will ensure your E-commerce platform well-protected from application-level attacks like SQL (Structured Query Language) injections and cross-site scripting (XSS).
We are sure all the above tips will certainly help you to keep your E-commerce website safe from hacking and fraud activities