One of the biggest responsibilities associated with running an ecommerce business is keeping your site safe and secure for customers. To get started, a decision that will affect your website security is whether you choose to use a shared hosting service or dedicated hosting on your own server.
Shared hosting gives you an array of benefits, including a team of administrators to help you with any technical assistance you might need. However, because your site’s information is shared on the same server with others, this makes it by default less secure than it would be on your own private server.
The following are a few ways to make your ecommerce site more secure, no matter what type of hosting solution you choose.
Encrypt Data with SSL
SSL, or Secure Socket Layer, is a way to encrypt sensitive data that travels to and from the pages of your website. This way, even if a hacker or other third party was able to see the data, they won’t be able to interpret it. This is imperative for any ecommerce sites that use a shopping cart system.
Be sure to use SSL for your customer account pages, checkout pages, and any other area where sensitive financial information may be transferred. To do this, you can purchase an annual SSL certificate. Many ecommerce platforms will automatically offer this.
Change Passwords on a Regular Basis
As with any website, to help boost security it’s a good idea to change your passwords regularly. It’s best to choose passwords that won’t be easy to guess, with a combination of letters, numbers, and non-alphanumeric symbols. If you allow your customers to log into your site to make purchases, you can encourage them to choose secure passwords as well.
Back Up your Site
Many ecommerce entrepreneurs make it a weekly ritual to back up all of their files. The frequency with which you should back up your website’s information depends on how large and frequently trafficked it is.
For some, a monthly massive backup will be enough, while others will want to back up their information more frequently. It’s also a good idea to create a back-up plan should any breach of security occur.
Use a Reliable Payment Gateway
In addition to using SSL and complicated passwords, it’s best to pay attention to the type of payment gateway that your site uses. Customers will not want to purchase anything from a shopping cart system that is insecure, so it pays to use big names like Paypal or Google Checkout that they recognize.
Even when using a lesser-known gateway, be sure that it’s reputable.
Install Regular Updates
There is no better way to leave your ecommerce site vulnerable to attack than by neglecting it. If you don’t take the time for regular maintenance, you won’t notice when something’s amiss.
It’s also important to update any e commerce software you are using with the most recent version when these new downloads become available. Newer versions will be up-to-date with all of the latest security features, so your site will be as secure as possible.
About the Author: Guest post provided by Preet Sandhu on behalf of Shopify, an e commerce software solutions provider.