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eCommerce must have security measures

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eCommerce websites are a high target for hackers around the world. The cyber criminals know that, if they can penetrate the database, they might be able to collect financial data such as credit card numbers, first and last names, billing address, and more. They can can then either sell the data or use it to make illegal purchases.

If you own an online store or a website on which you collect payments, you know security and protection are a constant concern. You must protect your site and its data 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Below is a list of security features you must have on your eCommerce website:

  1. SSL certificate: It enables the https and encrypts any communication between the user and the website. Websites with a SSL certificate will display a green lock in the address bar. This icon builds trust with your audience. Read more about upcoming Google Chrome changes about SSL »
  2. Server firewall: Install a firewall such as SiteLock just like you would for your computer network in your office. More information about firewall here »
  3. Website malware scanning: Most importantly have a program to scan automatically review your website files daily to make sure malware did not get in. A site may be infected but not show any visible signs of infection. It is why such scanning programs are a must in today’s environment.
  4. Privacy and security policy:
    Have a policy in place and display it on your website, typically in the footer. Example »
  5. Secured forms and login pages: Add a CAPTCHA on each of your forms such as Google reCAPTCHA. When a user forgets their password, instead of having an automated email sent to them with their password, have a secured reset link instead. If too many attempt in entering a password, block the page for a period of time. Example »
  6. Keep a list of malicious emails: If you have a membership site and fraudulent emails have been reported to you, have them blocked from all of your forms. You may do the same for malicious IP addresses and blocked such visitors from your entire website.
  7. Display security certifications: If you are using security third party programs, make sure to display their certificate proving that the site is secured and can be trusted.

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