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5 Helpful Ways to Keep Your Ecommerce Business Secure

10/04/2017 | Share:

To help you avoid any loss of earnings or access to your digital platforms, we take a look at 5 helpful ways to keep your ecommerce business secure.

1. Regularly update all your passwords

Even though it’s a chore and will require some cryptic note taking, you should regularly update all your system and dashboard passwords. Plus you should ideally have a different password for each platform you use, including your personal online accounts, and use a random password generator like the free Norton password generator tool (which will utilise upper case, lower case and symbols) to produce each one.

2. Don’t ignore system or application updates

It always seems to happen when the last thing you want to do is close down your applications or restart your computer, but you shouldn’t ignore or put off system updates as it could result in your devices becoming susceptible to a number of security flaws. Also when it comes to updating your ecommerce site, to avoid any design or user experience conflicts, it’s advisable you let your preferred web professional handle this for you.

3. Use a reputable web hosting company

As Lorraine Kelley says, buy cheap, buy twice. Research any potential web hosting company and check out their online reviews. The annual cost may look really good value, but this could mean a limited amount of backups which could, in the need for disaster recovery, have a major bearing on the point in time you can roll back to. Plus if your ecommerce site is too slow or your product data keeps disappearing or becoming corrupted; you’ll pay the price in other ways.

4. Be careful what information you send within your emails

To avoid any mysterious bank debits or credit card charges, don’t include your back account or credit card details within any of your emails. It’s amazing how many businesses still ask for highly sensitive information to be emailed to them, especially in respect of refunds and reservations. However if a company’s mail server was ever compromised, one of the first things the hacker would do is scan all the emails for bank account or credit card information.

5. Unless you were expecting it, don’t open an email attachment

Regardless of the severity of the email subject line, don’t open an unexpected email attachment. From court summons, to unpaid car parking fines, criminals have moved away from promising free money to now trying to worry the recipient into opening a dodgy email attachment. So unless you were expecting someone to send you an email together with an attachment, don’t open it.

By practising these straight forward measures, you can help protect your ecommerce business and avoid any issues which could result in financial loss or the inability to access your critical systems.

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