How to build a safer website

For those that didn’t know, tomorrow is Safer Internet Day (SID), an international event that takes place every February to promote the safe and responsible use of online technologies by young people across the globe. Since the digital world knows no borders, it’s important to be accountable as a business owner for creating the best digital environment for all types of users, including those that are most impressionable. While it’s the hope that every e-commerce space does its part in creating a safer and inclusive internet, it’s also essential to take some time to reflect on how you can build the foundations of a safer website for all. The internet has become an incredibly powerful tool over the years, and even more so during the COVID-19 pandemic, juggling the ability to acquire knowledge with the chance to reap the rewards of a thriving marketplace for consumers. Needless to say, with more and more people flocking to e-commerce websites through the use of a variety of mobile technologies, consider it a perfect opportunity to start looking at how you can make the right changes to your website’s foundations so that you can promote safety and security at every angle. 

Continue reading to learn more about how Numinix Web Development Inc. is helping e-commerce businesses to build safer websites

Start your security updates from the ground up with these simple tips:

    1. Install SSL: Purchasing a Secure Sockets Layer Certificate (SSL) is a crucial first step to securing your e-commerce website. It creates a connection between your web server and your visitor’s web browser that is secured through encryption, protecting private information so that it can be transmitted safely and securely. 
    2. Use anti-malware software: This will allow you to scan for and prevent future malicious attacks to your website’s security. 
    3. Create strong passwords: It isn’t unheard of for websites to require the use of both capital and lowercase letters along with numbers and symbols. It’s because the use of a strong combination will make your website passwords uncrackable for cyberhackers. 
    4. Keep your website up-to-date: Out of date software is often compared to leaving your home’s back door open, which gives access to all sorts of theft. This is because your website’s software includes the use, storage, and application of data, and when that data remains unlocked, it’s far more vulnerable to ransomware attacks, malware, and data breaches.
    5. Be aware of scams: While those committing online fraud are getting more and more creative these days, most security breaches are still attached to phishing, a type of online scam where criminals will impersonate legitimate organizations via email, text message, or advertisement to steal sensitive information. 
    6. Manually accept all on-site comments: This will continue to give you complete control over dodgy comments that may present distrust with your website’s visitors. 
    7. Run regular backups: It’s always best to prepare for the worst case scenario by ensuring that you backup your client and company data. If ever you experience data theft or corruption, you can contact clients before anything bad happens with their credit card. 

Why should you consider running a basic security audit before ramping up other efforts?

Security is one of the most important aspects of any website. That being said, there are still many vulnerabilities in the e-commerce environment. When a user offers up their personal information to make a purchase including full name, billing address, and credit card information there are several moving parts that, if left unsecured, pose a potential point of entry for cyberhackers. 

This is why Numinix Web Development Inc. encourages business owners to conduct a Basic Security Audit which will provide a review of the following areas:

  • Rootkit Detection
  • PHP and SSL Certifications for hacks and security breaches
  • Discover SQL Errors
  • Ethical hack for security vulnerabilities
  • Version check security packaging

Your basic security audit will take approximately 4 to 5 hours and will end in having a professionally prepared report forwarded back to you, highlighting the problems and providing estimates on how long it would take to correct each area, along with how much it will cost. That’s professional web development at its finest!

Are you ready to learn more about the specifics of keeping your software up-to-date?

While the security benefits of up-to-date software were briefly discussed above, here’s a deeper look at some specific benefits that you should know as a new and long-term business owner. 

For starters, while updates help to keep your website secure, there are two main advantages of keeping Hypertext Preprocessor software (PHP), a widely-used open-source scripting web development language, up-to-date including, an increase in your website’s speed and efficiency and a higher delivery in its overall performance

Admin and plugins should also be kept in check, especially if you use an open-source platform such as WordPress. For example, the WordPress dashboard will allow anyone with admin access to edit films within its installation, including plugins and themes. So, it’s important to disallow file editing, disabling hackers that obtain admin access from modifying your platform’s files. 

Have you already checked off all of the above security suggestions? 

While there is an endless list of ways that you can up your website’s security, we want to make it as easy as possible for you to invest in the right options for your e-commerce business. 

Here are some ways that you can further your web security and increase your customer protection: 

  • Put customer information on another server: Consumers feel safer when they know that their information is protected, and one of the best ways that you can keep personal info private is by putting it onto a separate server from the main website. Not only will this help to secure your customer’s data, but it will also show a higher level of professionalism, trust, and commitment to continue to inspire shoppers to make online purchases. 
  • Utilize customer ID verification: This type of verification method helps to prevent identity fraud, as it requires knowledge factors that assist in identifying the person making the purchase. In addition, this method also allows companies to verify the information customers provide to prevent mistakes in the delivery of products and services. 
  • Use FraudLabs as an additional means of fraud protection: FraudLabs helps merchants protect their e-commerce stores from malicious fraudsters by screening all sales orders that are made through the use of credit cards, PayPal, and so on to check for potential fraud payments. 
  • Use reliable payment processors: Payment plugins and payment service providers such as PayPal, Stripe, and Sona Pay allow merchants to receive payments directly to their email address or mobile number. Then a message is sent allowing them to see that the money is available and in their account before the item is shipped to the customer. Likewise, it also protects the customer, working as an open wallet until they receive their item(s) and allowing them to cancel their transaction if the item(s) aren’t shipped. 

Are you feeling confident in your website’s safety and security or do you think it could use some work? Drop a comment below to start a conversation.

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