The Top Security Measures Your Website Needs

Small businesses are easy targets for hackers; they are usually the least likely to afford adequate security of their computer systems and website. Hackers can cause a lot of damage to your company if they get hold of your customers’ information, so you need to take action to prevent it.

As well as the usual security elements that you can use such as a secure admin password and firewall, there are other things as well that can help protect you from disaster. If, however, your system does go down or you suffer data loss, it is important to seek the help of a professional data retrieval company as soon as possible.

SQL Problems

It can be easy for a hacker to gain access to your files and data by using an SQL Injection. This inserts rogue code into web form field or URL. By using parameterized queries, you can help prevent this from happening. If this sounds too complicated, seek the advice from a web designer.

XSS

XSS is another way hackers can gain access to your site and steal information. They can add malicious JavaScript to your web page. The code then runs on the user’s browser and steals information before sending it back to the originator.

One example of how this can cause issues is that once the user’s browser is infected it can use the cookie data to get into your site and steal data. It is important that you make sure no user can add this JavaScript into your pages.

It is one area that has become a big problem in recent years, so ensuring that these little loopholes are closed could save you a lot of time and money.

Passwords

As many people who use computers now know, passwords are an important way to protect data and other information on the system. It is important that your employees use passwords correctly and set difficult combinations that do not use personal information.

Advice also suggests that you need to change passwords at least every 90 days to stay secure. You should also change them after any employees leave your company. Employing other security such as a login for customers along with captcha security will also help you keep everything secure.

HTTPS

HTTPS is a secure protocol that ensures the person requesting the page is going to the correct destination. It is used primarily by pages that deal with credit card information, however, if you have other information that you want to protect, you should use the HTTPS protocol on those pages. This will make it a lot harder for hackers to access that page.

If you ever load a web page that is asking for personal information, you should check the HTTPS protocol in the address bar of your browser. If the page doesn’t have HTTPS, then you should be cautious about giving your details.

With these tips, hopefully, you will be able to secure your website and protect your customer information.

WordPress Commerce and Credit Card Payments

It is not uncommon for site owners to use Captcha for various purposes. Aside from for preventing spam comments and registration bots, Captcha can also be used to secure the ecommerce side of your WordPress site. There are also other security measures you can put in place to secure credit card payments on your WordPress-based ecommerce site. The 3D Secure by MasterCard and Verified by Visa both add an extra layer of security to online transactions. According to studies by Rutgers Online and its AACSB online MBA department, the use of EMV chip in credit cards is also reducing information theft and security issues; it reduced theft by 32.5% in 2014. The number of cases has continued to drop since.

2017 will be a big year for mobile commerce, which means you also need to prepare your WordPress site for mobile customers. Find out more about Credit Cards and Mobile Payments: What Your Business Needs to Know for Now and the Near Future from the infographic below.

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