How to protect eCommerce Website from Hackers
According the recent article published on Forbes , on an average around 30,000 websites are being hacked everyday. The reason is that information such as customer credentials stored on the company server earn hackers many dollars. Dos(Denial of service ) attack & DDOS(Distributed denial of service) attack is widely by hackers to gain access.
These attacks were initially carried out to spoil the company’s reputation.From large organizations to startup eCommerce firms are exposed to cyber attacks nowadays.
Hence protecting customer credentials from security threat is a major factor to improve eCommerce site conversion rates.
Lets have a look at the most common security threats and the ways to reduce them,
Choice of the eCommerce platform
Though there are multiple eCommerce platforms available the user should always choose the one that uses advanced object oriented programming language. Additionally , use of complex passwords and changing the admin path prevents the hackers from barging in.
Two factor authorization
One of the main advantages in the usage of two factor authorization is that only trusted devices can gain access to the store owner’s/admin backend. Apart form the usual username and password combination a randomly generated security code send to the owner’s mobile every 30seconds has to be entered. This keeps the hackers a step away from access.
Use of SSL for checkout
Inorder to make online transaction foolproof against malicious attacks, a secure connection between the eCommerce’s company server and customer web browser has to be established using Secure Socket Layer(SSL). Additionally ,using a HTTPs certificate for your website is useful as it encrypts the user credentials. Another advantage form the use of http is that you can win over your customers trust.
Tighten the security features
Deploy firewalls to prevent hackers form trespassing and access to vital information. To prevent SQL injection and cross site scripting add additional layer of security to applications such as contact form, login tables, etc…
Avoid storing huge voluminous customer data
Storing huge volume of customer data such as credit card number,its expiry date and card verification value can do more harm than expected level. Make sure you store minimum data for processing refunds.
Creating strong password criteria
Customers should be aware of the security threats facing them. Use a special password criteria such as minimum length, use of numerals, special characters with one mandatory upper case letter. Such passwords are hard to crack.
Frequent software updates
eCommerce site should always be updated to the latest version. Latest version fixes bugs and security issues found in earlier versions. Firms like Magento releases frequent security updates and recommends the customers to install the security patches immediately after release.
Use of trusted extensions
While using eCommerce software like Magento to build your store website you are lured to use third party extensions from the set of innumerable free extensions available online. Hackers often gain access to the site via such unauthorized extensions. So to avoid breakthrough check your extensions before integration.
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