Setting up a brand new commerce website is an exciting time, but it is also absolutely crucial that you take steps to ensure that it is secure. Unfortunately, online hacking and security fraud is rife on e-commerce websites and particularly newer sites which may not be as a secure. Here are a few steps to take on any new e-commerce website which will keep your website safe for consumers to use.
Secure Online Checkout
In order to stop financial and other important data from being stolen from you or the customer, you must use Secure Layer Sockets (SSL) authentication – these encrypt the data at checkout and authenticate the identity of your company.
Whilst it is the job of the merchant to protect the consumer, you can also ensure that they cannot be hacked by requiring complex logins which include a mixture of uppercase, lowercase, numbers and symbols.
Address and Card Verification
Stop fraud from occurring by enabling an address verification system (AVS) and card verification value (CVV). These will verify that the person attempting the transaction is, in fact, the cardholder.
Alerts can be set up to notify you when any suspicious activity occurs, such as an individual placing numerous orders with different details.
Setting up a firewall provides you with perimeter defence to stop cybercriminals from infiltrating your network. In addition to this, it can also stop virus programs from reaching sensitive information on your website (you should also never store sensitive information in -case of a breach).
The majority of breached websites are found to be running old software, as hackers will always seek out low hanging fruit. Avoid being targeted by patching everything the same day that it is released, as these often contain important security patches that will protect you against the latest threats.
One of the best ways to identify any flaws in your system is through ethical hacking – also known as penetration testing or pen testing. Companies can carry this out where a simulated attack is carried out to identify weaknesses or vulnerabilities. With the results of this, you can then take action to enhance your security. This should be carried out regularly to ensure that your customers are always safe and protected.
It is absolutely vital that merchants take the necessary steps to protect their website from cybercriminals and particularly for new websites which may be targeted. The above methods will ensure that your customers will be able to confidently use your website and stop hacking and fraud from occurring.