Internet fraud is real and hackers are always trying to steal sensitive information such as credit card information from ecommerce sites. Securing your ecommerce business is, therefore, a critical step that you must take. Ecommerce and web security experts have identified some methods that will secure your website.
Founded by Discover Financial Services, American Express, JCB International, Visa Inc. and MasterCard, PCI is a global standard Security Council established with the aim of developing, enhancing and maintaining security standards for payment account security. The members developed Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCIDSS) that should be adhered to by all organisations dealing with credit card information. The object and purpose is to protect credit card data and sensitive information throughout a transaction. As an ecommerce merchant, compliance with PCI will be good for your business because customers will have confidence while purchasing from you. In the event of a customer losing his credit due to your failure to comply with PCI standards, you will likely be kicked out of business as nobody will want to purchase from you for fear of losing their card data.
SSL certificate is one of the PCI requirements. Its purpose is to ensure the encryption of all information transmitted over the internet. When a person using your ecommerce site sends data over the internet, it goes through several computers before reaching the intended server. Without SSL encryption, data could be stolen during this transit. SSL encryption makes all sensitive data including passwords and credit card information unreadable while in transit. It can only be read after reaching the destination server. Obtaining an SSL certificate will go a long way in building customer confidence in your ecommerce website and business.
These two work to protect against denial of service and distributed denial of service attacks. These attacks overwhelm the bandwidth of your system with requests preventing legitimate users from accessing it. The difference between the two is that DoS attackers use a single computer while DDoS attackers use multiple computers/devices making it harder to deflect the resultant data flood. Effective firewalls would prevent malicious data from reaching your site.
A firewall is software or hardware system that allows only authorized traffic while blocking potentially malicious traffic from accessing a system/network. It works like a wall protecting data within the network from external threats such as DDoS attacks. Among the many types of firewalls, application gateways and proxy firewalls are the best for ecommerce websites. Both ensure that incoming traffic has no direct access to the ecommerce network.
You could also consider HTTPS as one of the security measures for your ecommerce website. HTTPS is a communications protocol that protects communication over a computer network. The main drive for HTTPS is the protection of the privacy and authentication of the visited website.