Top 5 best practices for optimizing the security of your e-commerce site

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The security and confidentiality of e-commerce sites are increasingly central to the concerns of web professionals. Electronic commerce is more particularly targeted by cybercrime, in particular because of the financial transactions that take place there and the personal data collected on users. A survey by Kaspersky Lab reveals that 20% of companies with more than 50 employees have been victims of at least one DDoS ( Distributed Denial of Service ) attack . A significant percentage which shows the vulnerability of an increasingly predominant sector in our societies and which requires defining and implementing rules and systems for optimal protection.

In this article, we present the 5 best practices that must be applied to protect your customer data and protect your e-commerce site against the threat of hackers.

1- Host your e-commerce site on a secure server

As an e-commerce company, you are responsible for all customer data stored via your website on your web hosting server, for example telephone numbers, email addresses, credit card numbers, history credit card transactions… But it is difficult to protect this confidential data if you do not have a secure web server .

To be considered a trusted company in the distance selling industry, you need to invest in high security cloud hosting.

2- Install an SSL certificate

The SSL ( Secure Socket Layer ) certificate allows you to protect the sensitive data of your customers from the point of view of the internet browser . This certificate protects the personal information of your users while they are browsing. The encryption provided by this certificate makes it much more difficult for hackers to access your database.

Installing SSL will increase the security of your website and also give a boost to its SEO, as Google promotes the ranking of the most secure websites. Your customers will also recognize the attention you pay to securing their data and will be more likely to visit and shop online at your e-commerce site.

3- Test the vulnerabilities

To prevent your prospect from having a bad experience browsing your site, you need to be vigilant and do everything you can to identify your security holes (before someone else does) and your points of view. Flaw testing can be a solution. This involves the recruitment of an outside company which will conduct a series of tests and intrusion attempts by simulating the behavior of hackers.

4- Back up your data regularly

If all of the above precautions fail and you still encounter a hack into your e-commerce site, only a recent backup can help you recover your data.

You can choose the frequency of back-up as you want. But it is better to set up a backup system at least once a day. It is even possible to have a real-time backup system and always keep a copy in a secure place.

5- Activate real-time threat alerts

You need to set up a real-time alert system that allows you to be notified when an attack occurs. This helps you to react quickly before the going gets tough and to limit the damage. So maybe it’s time to subscribe to a real-time website monitoring system and budget for it!

Here are the 5 best practices to follow to avoid any threat to your e-commerce site. The question now is, where are you at with your security system? You need to spot your security weaknesses and seriously consider hiring qualified experts to review it. Establishing a secure sales environment for your customers is essential if you are to gain their trust and ensure that they will come back to you.

Elitech Systems offers the best eCommerce web development services with the best software and development plans and security catered to every client’s unique requirements.

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Christina Cheeseman is a Technology Strategist at Elitech Systems. She enjoys writing about Technology, marketing & industry trends.

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