Dec 16, 2015

How to improve your eCommerce Store’s Security for the Holiday Rush?

Dec 16, 2015 eCommerce Development

The holiday shopping season will be ramping up in just a couple of weeks, which means this is the right time to improve your eCommerce store’s security and ensure that the website offers a safe shopping experience to the customers. There are a number of things that online merchants must do to get ready to face the holiday rush head-on while avoiding a data breach.

Don’t Store Payment Information

One of the most important aspects of eCommerce security is safeguarding customer’s payment information so that it doesn’t get into hackers’ hands. Thus, merchants must make sure that the credit card/ debit card details are neither stored on the servers nor in the database. Several providers such as PayPal, Braintree and Authorize.net, enabling retailers to off-load payment details directly to them. When the information goes directly from the browser to processor, bypassing the server completely, so that even if the site is breached, payment information would not be stolen.

eTailers must also use an up-to-date web encryption system and ensure that the systems are well-equipped with updated firewalls and antivirus software.

Ensure eCommerce Platform’s Security

Layering security is an essential deterrent to cybercrime. Thus, using strong and secure passwords for logins, layers of security on contact forms, and search queries is a must. Online retailers can also scan their sites for SQL Injection, Cross-site Scripting, and other possible vulnerabilities using software like Qualys’ Vulnerability Management solution.

Monitor Your Site Regularly and Ensure Server Security

It is a must to ensure that your web hosting provider regularly monitors the server for malware, viruses and other harmful software. Even if you are using payment gateways, you will be handling customer data and should ensure PCI compliance. The same goes for using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) authentication which is a must to ensure secure communication between your customers and your server.

Thus, you must avoid shared hosting environments and opt for dedicated hosting.

Get Experts’ Help!

To learn more on how experts at SunTec India can help you secure your eCommerce website before the holiday shopping season, please write-in to us at info@suntecindia.com.

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