4 Tips to Secure Purchases During the Holidays
Joy to the world, until someone steals your joy by making unauthorized purchases. Now is a prime opportunity to learn how store owners can ensure secure purchases. Volusion’s information security team is able to implement world-class security on their platform via four other dire areas wher store owners are able to contribute to the total security of their store.
Purchase and Implement an SSL Certificate
–Purchase a SSL certificate (Secure Socket Layer)
This certificate protects your business by encrypting sensitive data on your online store. As there are a number of options available when selecting an SSL certificate, my suggestion, do not delay in adding this component to your online store.
This certificate protects all traffic to your store by ensuring that all data is encrypted preventing hackers from obtaining your information. As Volusion uses their own SSL certificate to ensure the security of all communication related to payment processing, your certificate protects all the other aspects of a customer’s shopping interactions.
Create Effective Passwords
A secure password can be perplexing and near impossible to to guess, long and elaborate enough to withstand an attack, especially when changes every 90 days. When a hacker does try to compromise a site, the usernames and passwords they have collected in other areas to see if they work. After numerous sites, it hastily becomes difficult to remember which password belongs to which site. Thankfully there are numerous and simple password manager applications to help you remember your passwords. Not to mention, these PMA sites can automatically enter them for you when you visit a site.
Secure the Machines Accessing Your Store
–Protecting these machines is just as important as your store
If a hacker tries to compromise your pc at home, more than likely, they are able to obtain the login and password to your online store. Often they seek the easiest prey and more than likely will avoid most targets that present a solid defense.
Steps to make it significantly harder for hackers to breach your store security:
- Make sure patches for operating systems and applications are applied as soon as they are available. This will provide protection against most known vulnerabilities targeted by hackers.
- Use a respected security solution to protect against viruses and malware.
- Update your software frequently and perform periodic scans for any malicious activity.
Don’t Store Sensitive Data
-Avoid storing sensitive data
-When collecting information to process a phone order, enter it directly into the Volusion admin area (this will prevent it from being stored on your pc). Any storage of customer data can have PCI compliance issues and data breach notification consequences if there is suspicion that your computer was compromised.
– Avoid any chances of compromise by storing the data in your Volusion store
It may seem as though store security is a bit overwhelming, however it is essential to the success of your company. This is especially true during the holidays. The Volusion platform has already begun by securing your business.
Follow these steps and remember, don’t let anyone steal your joy!