Are you concerned about the security of your Ecommerce website? Do you want to minimise the risk involved with running an online shop?
We share 8 ecommerce security tips in this infographic.
Here’s a quick summary:
- Make the Switch to HTTPS
- Pick the Right eCommerce Platform
- Arm Yourself with Security Plug-Ins (and Keep Them Updated!)
- Keep Your Admin Panel Air-Tight
- Help Your Customers Protect Themselves
- Always Back Up Your Data
- Don’t Store Credit Card Numbers
- Don’t Neglect Your Personal Security
Check out the infographic for more detail.
If there’s anything bigger than eCommerce, it’s eCommerce security.
Keeping sensitive data safe – whether belonging to you or your customers – is a top priority for any business website owner. Throw an eCommerce website into the mix, though, and you are greeted with a mix of unique security risks.
The most common risk, of course, is financial fraud.
In the UK, for example, online fraud relating to payment cards made up 56% of total fraud losses according to UK Finance. And in that same year, eCommerce fraud in the UK rose by a huge 27%.
You can see where we’re going with this: eCommerce fraud is on the rise, and it’s up to website owners to have necessary measures in place to protect both their products and their customers.
The reality is that more and more consumers are purchasing products and services online. With giant eCommerce retailers like Amazon making it easier than ever for us to access our favourite products, the potential for risk increases.
But it’s not just here where eCommerce security matters most. It matters to every eCommerce store.
Thankfully, there are steps you can take to protect your customers that will not only make your website a safer place to shop; it’ll help you build trusting relationships – and that’s always good for business.
One of the most crucial preventative measures your website needs is the transfer to HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure). Fast becoming the norm in website security, HTTPS lets online customers – and Google – know that your eCommerce website is secure.
Websites that are too stubborn to make the transfer will soon pay for it, as Google now sends warning messages to users before they even get to your website.
Choosing the right platform is also required if you want the right security. Platforms like Shopify and WooCommerce are often chosen by website owners for their security reputations, as well as impressive functionality for shoppers.
Once you’ve decided on your platform, it needs to be strengthened with the best security plug-ins available on the market. WordPress offers webowners pages of security plug-ins to bolster their existing defence software. WordFence, for example, is a popular plug-in that’s powered by Web Application Firewall.
Having these security measures behind-the-scenes means your customers are more protected; but what about on-page security features? You can help customers help themselves by implementing strong password requirements, for example. Having these early measures in place also sends a signal to your consumers that you’ve made their security a top priority.
Don’t learn the hard way. Always back up your data! Hackers can copy your data and corrupt it with malicious files – that’s not fun for anyone. It doesn’t take much to store backed-up copies of your data, and you should never rely on your hosting company to have these on-file for you, either.
Finally, do not store credit card numbers.
Storing financial data ‘to make it easier for consumers’ is a massive no and leaves your eCommerce website wide open for hackers to retrieve it.
Mark is the Founder and Managing Director of Red Website Design, a low cost web design and internet marketing company based in the UK.