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Do you own an eCommerce online store? Then I am sure that you may probably face a hacking attempt. Creating a website is easy but to make it safe needs a little extra care. Even small websites are facing attacks and you cannot even imagine the reason for hacking. The majority of the attacks are not to steal your data or destroy your website but instead they will use your server for storing some illegal files or to mine for Bitcoins. Normally automated scripts are used to attack the website security.
Let’s discuss how can we secure our eCommerce online store from hackers.
1. Keep software up to date
To keep your site secure you should keep all your software up to date. This is applicable to all the software running on your website and also server operating system. Hackers are always looking around to get a chance to attack so you should be very careful in taking care of security issues. If you are using a third party software on your system, mostly they will notify you with the new updates.
2. Double validation of data
It is advisable to use both browser and server-side validation. The two-level validation process will help you to block unauthorized logins.
3. Use a hosting provider
You can choose one of the best hosting providers for hosting your website. Hence you need not worry about security updates. Your hosting provider itself will take care of it. They will protect your site by conducting regular backups and security updates. These backups will help you to regain your website data if any unexpected destruction occurs.
When you are maintaining your own web server you should keep some firewalls to restrict the unauthorized access. Only port 80 and 443 are allowed for outside access. This will helps to protect your server.
5. HTTPS security
When you are running an eCommerce online store you should build a trust among the customers. Every visitors will check whether your site is trustworthy or not. For that first factor, Google prefer is HTTPS. HTTPS is a protocol that provides security over the internet. It gives you a green padlock on your browser to identify whether your website is secured or not.
6. File upload policy
Based on your business needs sometimes you have to allow users to upload images or files to your website. However, it is recommended to never to allow users to add files to your website, it is very risky. If you want to allow uploading then you should not give them permission to execute that file. Because you cannot blindly believe all users.
7. Use website security tools
It is manually impossible to check and monitor your website security always. So to do this in a most effective way you can use security tools. A lot of paid and free tools are available. Some of the free tools are Xenotix XSS Exploit Framework, SecurityHeaders.io, OpenVAS, Netsparker, etc.