Due to the lockdown issued to stop the spread of the COVID-19 the overall internet traffic has shot up and with that the cyber threats to your e-commerce site.
Thus it becomes wise for you to invest some time and money into cybersecurity for your e-commerce site.
Below are some statistics you should know to realize the importance of cybersecurity in these trying times.
Due to the increased internet traffic, these numbers are only going up. You can read more about these statistics here.
Following the best, Blue Team security practices can go a long way in securing your SME's infrastructure and avoiding data breaches. I am mentioning some of those e-commerce best practices that you should implement in your infrastructure today.
Here is how to secure your e-commerce site:
Vulnerability Scans provide a way to identify all the security loopholes and misconfiguration present in your site that a hacker can exploit. Since vulnerability scans reveal all existing vulnerable areas in your web system, it is one of the first scans a hacker runs.
Scanning your e-commerce prior to not only gives you an edge over hackers but also let you patch them beforehand.
Generally, vulnerability scanners scan the website & the network and provide information about any exposed data or CVE that your infrastructure may be vulnerable to.
No matter how plush the security system you own, hackers will get in if you are using weak or common passwords. Hence, it is advised that you follow safe password practices.
A few recommended password practices are listed below:
Further, Password Managers will make it easy for you to use long and complex passwords in your sites and still remember them. Also, teach your staff about good password practices and encourage the usage of a Password Manager.
We cannot stress on this point more - ALWAYS BACKUP YOUR SITE.
Backups may seem a little redundant when everything is running hunky-dory. However, their importance starts setting in when your data is corrupted by hackers and you have no reliable backup to revert back to.
It is recommended to have a periodic (daily/weekly/fortnightly) backup system. However, if yours is a small scale company and the content change is non-existent, a monthly backup may also work for you.
You can backup your site either manually or using third-party support such as Cpanel.
In order to manually back up everything, you can use Linux utility Rsync.
Follow these steps to backup your site with the help of Rsync with ssh.
sudo apt-get install rsync
sudo rsync -av delete /website-root/ backup/
zip -r backup.zip backup/
Access Control is the most commonly exploited bug to gain higher privileges on your website. This may be the most difficult to fix as it can’t be fully automated. Therefore it is important for you to configure privileges to your user accounts wisely.
Here are some recommended practices to follow while assigning privileges to user accounts.
We discussed how in these trying times when almost everyone is online the potential of a cyber attack has increased. The statistics show how dangerous a cyber attack can be for your business. We also discussed the various methods you can use to protect your site from these cyber threats and build trust in your client base. Besides, getting a dedicated security solution does help your business.
Vasilii Chekalov is a computer geek with great affinity for healthy lifestyle and weights. While not at the gym, his inquisitive mind devours information about digital marketing, outreach strategies and growth hacks. Master organizer, he knows the Α and the Ω of potent and enticing virtual presence.