The growth of e-commerce sites has risen considerably the past several years. In an effort to boost revenue and increase customer satisfaction, businesses that were once only brick and mortar stores are now expanding their capabilities and are beginning to sell their products online. However, with the popularity of e-commerce sites, comes the increase of online security breaches. 


Hackers are taking the work they did in the past with point of sale breaches and are now retargeting their efforts to online. In fact, online breaches have become much easier, as hackers are using advanced screening tools for assistance. One of the primary reasons hackers are now turning to e-commerce sites for data breaches is because of the large databases that store personal cardholder information. All of the information hackers obtain via these databases is extremely valuable, as it can be sold on the black market for profit.  Do we have sources for these statements? 


Here are several steps both programmers and businesses can do to help prevent data breaches from occurring online: 


  • Make sure your website has a firewall installed. Anti-malware, intrusion detection and prevention, and reputation monitoring are just a few of the capabilities firewalls can offer. By installing a firewall system, businesses and programmers will be notified of any malware that occurs in addition to adding any additional protective measures. Installing a reputable will allow you to stay ahead of data breaches.
  • Be sure to utilize encryption to process any information for your site. One example is using Secure Sockets Layers (SSL) on certain pages that require customer information. SSL ensures e-businesses are able to protect their customer’s information, such as passwords and credit card information, securely. Likewise, SSL also prevent hackers from tracking customer’s web traffic.
  • Do not store any sensitive data that relates to customer records. This includes credit card numbers, social security numbers, expiration dates, and CVV2 codes. Make sure that any personal customer information is purged from your system in order to keep your business and your customers safe.
  • Make sure that you have the latest software and solutions available. Out-of-date systems are not only easier to hack, but also leave e-business owners highly susceptible to a breach. The most modern software and systems will come with extra security measures to enhance the safety of your business and website.
  • Regularly make sure to back up any important data. In the instance of a power outage or virus attack, e-businesses can suffer a huge loss over data that can’t be recovered. Performing a scheduled back up every so often will ensure that your data is secured, stored and protected.
  • Set up a system alert for online transactions. This will help identify any suspicious transactions, such as placing multiple orders within a short amount of time or placing multiple orders with varying addresses or phone numbers. When a multiple order request is recognized, be sure to look and see if the same IP address is being used to make purchases online – if something looks suspicious, trace the IP address and inform the server administrator. 


E-commerce sites are becoming a prime target for data breaches. With the right education, products, and resources, both programmers and businesses can protect themselves and their customers from valuable information being placed in the wrong hands.