E-commerce sites are always the top targets of cyber criminals, hackers and fraudsters. There are several factors that attract criminals to the online retail environment. The data with such e-commerce sites are highly sensitive, including personal details and bank information. Once such confidential and crucial data fall prey to these hackers they may infuse malicious elements to the website through security gaps. The loopholes in e-commerce security may lead to disasters and bring irreparable smear and disrepute to the online retailer's brand.
Before launching the e-commerce project, you should plan and prepare a complete security strategy without leaving a single glitch or loophole. Below are few major security essentials that must be there in the e-commerce website:
Strong Passwords: The most important security requisite for the eCommerce retailers is to maintain security for confidential data of it’s users. User data security can be maintained by setting the password criteria like ‘use alpha-numeric password’ and by setting a minimum characteristics limit for password etc. to complete the account creation. A complicated set of characters in the password make it difficult for hackers to reach /encode account.
SSL certificates and PCI: SSL (Secure Socket Layers) certificate is a set of standards to establish a secured connection between the users and the server.
PCI is a set of standards for credit and debit card industry merchants to follow in order to process card payments. This will ensure protection of card holder's sensitive and confidential data and implement strong control measures.
Address and card verification system: The eCommerce retailers also need to practice an address and card verification system. It strengthens the security and the transaction process.
DDoS Security: Distributed Denial of Service DDoS have become more frequent with increasing internet and e-commerce practices. DDoS security services filter the legitimate traffic back to the ecommerce sites. It checks the virus infected sites to breach into the user’s device stealing their personal information and allowing remote access to their device and data.
Set alerts for any suspicious activity: the eCommerce retailers should set caution alerts which will notify them of any suspicious activities which can be spontaneously acted upon by the security team.
The eCommerce stores should also implement regular site monitoring to spot and fix any vulnerabilities and glitches. This is vital for the maintenance and effectiveness of security measures.