With e-commerce the convenient way of purchasing products and services, it is now a common occurrence for people to give out their financial data such as credit card numbers and CVV numbers, with some even unmindful of a possible cyber-attack. With all the hacking going on, you should not discount any doubts about giving your financial data; it is important to be discerning and trusting only long-running and reputable sites.
Financial transactions are vulnerable to cyber-criminals, and here are some tips to keep the financial data of your clients safe from hackers:
- Ensure Your Website Is PCI And DSS Compliant – You might be using a third-party payment gateway. If you are, check to see if they are PCI and DSS compliant. The PCI data protection guide is a 3-step process of assess, remediate and report. If you are unsure whether or not you are PCI and DSS compliant, contact a local cyber security company. They will soon tell you how secure your financial data really is. In many cases, the confidential credit card data is not stored on your server, rather it is held on the third party’s secure server, which is all the protection you need. If you are at all unsure about PCI and DSS, talk to your local cyber security company, who would be happy to assess your site’s online security.
- Check Sockets Layer – Vital especially for an e-commerce website, look at the top left side of your site URL in a browser window. “Https” should be the first thing you see instead of simply “http”. The “s” means that the website is secure. Without the required “s”, users are not expected to enter financial data into your website. The sockets layer is designed to protect a website that accepts online payments and without a secure sockets layer, potential customers are in danger of having their confidential financial information stolen.
- Talk to Cyber Security Experts – There are Sydney based cyber security consulting services who would be happy to evaluate your e-commerce website, and should they find any weaknesses, you would be made aware of these. Plus, the security provider can give you adequate protection to ensure that your customers’ financial data is not compromised.
- Keep your Website Updated Regularly – Hackers are always looking for websites that are not updated, as they offer a much easier way to steal valuable data. If your website has an administrator, he or she would be responsible for updating the website, and whether you use WordPress or Magento, the system should always be updated as and when necessary.
Something as valuable as your credit card information should never go to the wrong hands. You could end up having an empty bank account. Ensure that your e-commerce website – if you’ve got any – is protected always. Any doubt as to the site’s vulnerability should be forwarded to a cyber security specialist you trust; they can run a test, analyse and evaluate your site’s online security and can make valuable suggestions on how to improve your cyber security and protect yourself further.