One of the biggest data breaches in the recent years involved HBO, when files on their employees and talent were compromised, as well as full unreleased episodes from their shows. In addition, and happening almost at the same time as the date pilfering, the hacker group OurMine hijacked their main Twitter account and those of other HBO shows.
Major takeaways from big data breaches
The attack on HBO were from four different hackers, each one leaking huge amounts of data for the public to feast on. It stemmed from various threats like malicious attackers both from outside and inside the company, and an unsecure system.
Data breaches like this from companies as big as HBO should be a reminder to all of us that cyber attacks remain to be unpredictable. If we do not know how to ‘lock’ our information behind reliable and impenetrable security, then our digital assets will always be at risk of getting stolen.
As e-Commerce website owners, it is our responsibility to hinder phishers, hackers, and doxxers from stealing information entrusted to us by our customers.
Simple Security tips for E-Commerce Websites
We have worked relentlessly to lead them to the checkout page, but we must push our efforts further towards website security. Here is a list of basic but important security measures e-Commerce websites must enforce.
– Purchase an SSL certificate and pass PCI DSS standards
An SSL certificate is one of the ways you can secure the information being sent to and from your website. What it does is encrypt the data between you and the user by putting in random characters to the message. The only ones with the key to decipher the message is you and the user. In the event that a hacker steals the information before it reaches you or the user, they will not be able to “see” the message within it.
Additionally, an SSL certificate is what tells the customer that you are a safe site by tagging it with a bright green ‘Secure’, and a glaring red ‘Not Secure’ if it is not.
You need to make sure that your website is also PCI DSS compliant. The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard has requirements for e-Commerce websites that went through the perusal of major credit card brands. This is to reduce the cases of fraud and to ensure customer information are processed safely by e-Commerce websites.
– Choose a reliable web hosting
Some website owners who are not hands-on when it comes to developing their website may not know this, but there are different kinds of web hosting to choose from. These are:
- Shared hosting
While servers are given their own space allocation, they share only one hardware server. This means that if a website is overusing the system, all the other websites will experience performance problems.
- Dedicated server
If you do not want to share a hardware server, you can always opt to purchase web hosting for your own exclusive use. However, this is an expensive option, and not recommended if you are starting up with a limited budget.
- VPS hosting
This combines the best of both shared hosting and dedicated server. It divides the server into smaller virtual machines which has their own system allocation. Your website performance will be more consistent, plus it is more affordable.
However, your choice of web hosting is more than just about performance reliability. It is also about the security features that are part of the hosting service. For instance, some web hosting offers data backups and SSL certificates already. Moreover, you must choose hosting that can help you with technical problems 24/7, especially when it concerns your sites security.
- Do not keep sensitive billing information
Part of the PCI DSS requirements is not storing sensitive customer information. You only need to keep a minimum amount of data that will allow you to do refunds or chargebacks. There are many payment processors you can check out for this so there is no danger of risking sensitive information because you do not have the capacity to set it up on your own yet.
Online businesses are always a viable target for hackers who mean only to steal and harm. Ensure that your customers will encounter zero problems when transacting with your website by ensuring you have done these simple tips.