How to be Cyber Secure for Cyber Monday

Your eCommerce website needs to be guarded and ready against a number of cyber threats – for both Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Now, while we recommend leaving these kinds of things to the experts, it’s important to know the threats you could face and prepare for them adequately. So, here are a few things to know so that your eCommerce website can be locked up tight!


What is eCommerce security and why is it important?
Security is the most important feature at the backend of a website. Proper security prevents a host of not-so-lekker problems – oh you know – fraud, identity theft, those kinds of things. Small businesses are easy targets for hackers, as they often overlook their security because they’re just starting out. According to Imperva, a website security company, 29% of a website’s traffic consists of bots trying to harm it or find weak spots.

What are the threats that you face?
There are many ways to breach a website, and you gotta know ‘em so you can beat ‘em. Let’s have a look at the most common attacks:

SQL Injections
SQL is a coding language used for databases. It’s in your website, happily running your databases – but an SQL injection is a disguised attack used to access any and all data you have on your database – from customers’ sensitive information to their credit card details.

XSS Attack
XSS or Cross-Site Scripting is another code-based way of harming your website. This is the kind that spreads worse than a virus. If you’re an eCommerce website with a forum, messaging or comments section – you’re vulnerable to this. Your website could be attacked, changed and rerouted to a different website that you definitely don’t want your visitors to associate with your business.

Ah, Malware, one we’ve all heard of. Malware encompasses a whole range of attacks, like viruses, ransomware, spyware and more. These commonly attempt to steal client data such as passwords and usernames, as well as credit card information. Your website could lock you out in this way as well, and be held for ransom by the hacker.

DDoS and DoS (Denial of Service, Distributed Denial of Service)
This one’s a big one – especially for Black Friday where your website will see increased traffic. DoS attacks flood your website with traffic, making it impossible for your clients to use or even purchase anything. DDoS does the same, but packs more of a punch with bots leaking Malware into your website, destroying it further.

Brute Force
This is when, given enough time, a program can guess all password and user combinations by trying them multiple times over a certain period of time. While this one is less common, it’s very easy to prevent.

Let’s look at some easy ways to stop hackers in their trackers from putting their grimy mitts all over your eCommerce website when it’s supposed to be the time to SHINE!

– Captcha Puzzles

– Two-Factor Authentication

– Encourage password changes

– Don’t store sensitive data

– Make sure you have an SSL Certificate

– Keep your website fresh-looking and up to date

– Monitor your plugins and downloads

– Have tracking numbers for each and every item purchased

– Make sure that your payment inputs cannot be falsified

– Monitor your transactions VERY closely

– Keep your website backed-up

 In conclusion, a DIY security job is not recommended, but there are definitely a few things you can implement yourself if a big security overhaul is not in your budget. However, this is the time to make sure that your website is locked tight – Bond style. With Business Funding from us, you can improve your security worry-free by employing the experts to do it for you, and avoid any hack-related issues from ruining your festive season. Take it from us, that’s the best route to go.

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Source: Article by Rukham Khan on Mailmunch

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