If you think that running an e-commerce website is as simple selling many different products online, think again. When your customers input their information (otherwise known as personally identifiable information or PII), their data could potentially be in the hands of hackers if your website doesn’t have any robust security protocols. You see, I’ve had plenty of clients come to me for their internet security needs. Unfortunately, they come to me when the problem has already existed and it has already done its thing.
As much as possible, you want to make sure that website security is one of your main concerns, especially if you are running an e-commerce website. Today, I am going to go over the steps that you need to take in order to improve that.
Find a Reliable Web Host
A good web hosting company is one that not only provides you with speed, storage, and
bandwidth, but it is also one that can give you the security your website needs. So, if you are on the lookout for a provider, be sure to go with a company that has a proven track record for website security measures.
Always Use Up to Date Software
When you create your website using Shopify or Woocommerce, you will be given a lot of features that are perfect for an online store. You can also have the freedom to choose the software you wish to include for added features. Now, any program that you use should always be updated to ensure that any vulnerability is patched and that hackers and attackers will not be able to penetrate your website’s security.
Encourage Your Users to Use a Strong Password
People want convenience and although this is a good thing, it can sometimes be to their detriment. That is because part of this is that people do not use strong passwords because they want one that is easy to remember and input. Now, this is where hackers usually laugh at the common folk. Because they are using weaker passwords, it would be easier for them to hack into your customers’ accounts and take whatever sensitive information they can find. As a website owner, encourage your users to make use of a complex password. You can even encourage them to use password managers to help ease up the process.
Bolster Your Malware Protection
Malware is short for MALicious SoftWARE and it can do all sorts of bad things on your website. Some of the things that it may do are that they steal sensitive information, provides attackers with a means of defacing your website (through backdoor vulnerabilities), load up malicious codes and scripts, and many more. Your web hosting company should provide you with malware protection right off the bat. If you can spare some more money, you may also want to look at different internet security programs that you can use as well
Monitor Your Website’s Activity
Always use website monitoring tools so that you can look at how your website is performing. This will also log important information so that you can take a look at it at a later date. Keep an eye on web traffic because a huge surge could potentially mean that you are a victim of a DDoS attack.
Get SSL Certified
This should go without saying, but it has to be reiterated. Your website should have SSL certification to ensure that any data that goes in and out of your website is encrypted and no third-party can ever decipher it.