Security only used to be a critical issue in our day to day lives, here in the real world. But today, due to the birth and outburst of cyber thefts, one needs to pay closer attention to where they do not only set foot here in the real world but online too.
From impersonation gestures, down to the dissemination of phishing links, online stores, in particular, are not as safe as they used to be.
And it’s for this reason that we’d be discussing today on how you can protect your online store.
Without wasting much of your time, let’s get started!
What’s E-commerce for
E-commerce is simply the buying and selling of things online. And in case you haven’t noticed yet, the art of buying and selling is already looking to take a full turn from the physical to the online realm.
Let’s take for instance Amazon, the largest and best selling online store in the market, whose annual net sales as of 2017 was $117.9 billion. That’s like 50 times the annual sales of most offline business today according to business insider.
And of course, as we all know, thefts do go where the gold is, and pretty much these days, there seems to be more money coming in from e-commerce than any other form of trading.
That’s why, if you own a store, you should be more worried about security.
However, let’s not sound so pessimistic because they are ways through which one can protect their online store from cyber theft and orchestrated mishaps.
How To Protect Your online Store
Trademark Your Store
Ever heard of the saying that goes, “he who doesn’t stand for something will fall for anything”? Well, that’s pretty much how things go when you don’t trademark your online store, either through a trademark attorney or by following due trademarking procedures.
In case you still don’t understand, here is what I mean. If your online store isn’t trademarked, any hacker can simply clone your online store. And by that I mean, duplicating every information on your store, starting from the name, down to the logo and other things that make up your store.
And if those hackers become successful at cloning your store, they might end up tarnishing the image of your company through their misappropriated acts.
Thus, if you don’t want to become a victim of cyber cloning, and still would love to maintain your good reputation online, then it’d be best for you to trademark your online store.
Yes, it’s all good to be independent at some point in our lives. But, acting all independent in the world of e-commerce might not be such a good idea, especially when you’re an amateur, and here is why.
Once an amateur sets into the course of creating an online shop, being naive, it is only natural for he/she to easily fall into a cyber attacker’s nest, who could either impersonate or take advantage of their ignorance.
Thus, one should build and base their online store on long-standing platforms like Shopify, who are certainly aware of cybersecurity threats and how to combat them.
Believe me, you’re better off hosting your online store under a known and strong foundation, than to be wandering in self-knowledge, just until you fall into the hands of cyber thefts.
Make use of HTTPS and SSL
If your online store must stand a chance of fighting security breaches, your links have to be encrypted, and that’s where SSL comes into play.
With SSL, every piece of information passed between the browsers and web servers, will all remain integrated and privatized.
And once such data, including your customer's data, cash transactions, and other things remain private, then the chances of you getting hacked are certainly going to be slim.
However, if you wish to have tighter encryption security, then opt for HTTP over SSL, which is the “HTTPS” encryption.
The encryption level under HTTPS is often very strong and reckoning!
Although this might come as a usual saying too many, the importance of having a strong password in the course of online security measures can never be overemphasized.
That means, don’t use likely passwords. For instance, if your online store goes by the name Howard wears, avoid using likely passwords such as ward wears, howears, or even Howard.
Doing this will only make the work easier for hackers to break into your database and steal whatever they want to.
In essence, use non-guessable passwords that come with a combination of uppercase letters, numbers, and symbols. That way, their hacking attempt will be a little bit delayed, prolonged enough to alert you of potential intruders.
Just as an old version of a mobile phone’s operating system is often prone to virus attack, so is an online store with not just any old website but older versions of plugins, extensions, and other websites tools.
This is so because, hackers often use automated software to run a scan on websites with an old version or patched running tools, so they could use them as prey. And once your site falls into their grip, you might regret ever joining the e-commerce world.
So what are we saying? When next you visit your online store, see to it that every tool linked to your site and your website, of course, is up to date, in order not to fall another victim of cyber theft.
PCI DSS Compliant
It is very unsafe and risky to store financial transactions, and card details on your online store website. This is true because you can never know if a hacker, is already crawling around your online store’s website.
And this is why your website has to be PCI DSS compliant.
With DSS such as Stripe, you can afford to store your encrypted files, financial transactions, card details, and other confidential data safely.
Meaning, if you’re running an online web store, ensure that your website is PCI compliant so that you won’t have to take the risk of storing vital and classified data on your website.
In a nutshell, security is what most online store owners should take seriously. Can you imagine losing your hard built good reputation, people’s trust, and their money, all to some careless attitude of not doing the right thing to secure your website from cyber hackers? Believe me, you wouldn’t love to be in such shoes.
Thus, if you want to last long in the online business realm, that is, standing a chance of running your online store for a longer time frame, you must take the above security measures into practice!