E-commerce sites have progressed considerably within the past few years, as businesses that were strictly brick and mortar are now expanding their abilities by selling their products online. However, with the growth of e-commerce sites comes the rise of online security breaches. 


Hackers are taking there past work with point of sale breaches and instead are targeting their efforts to commit online fraud. One of the main reasons hackers have rearranged their efforts to target e-commerce sites is due in part to the large databases e-commerce sites use to store personal cardholder information. This information is extremely valuable to hackers, as they can turn around and sell it for a profit. 


In order to prevent future breaches from happening, here are a few steps both merchants and developers can implement to stop breaches from occurring online: 


  • Be sure to have the latest solutions and software available. Out-of-date products are easier to hack and leave e-business owners very susceptible to a breach. The most recent systems and software come with extra security measures that will enhance the safety of your business and website.
  • Check to see if your website has a firewall installed.  Reputation monitoring, anti-malware, intrusion detection and prevention monitoring are several of the capabilities firewalls can offer. With the help of a reputable firewall, developers and businesses will receive notice of any issues and allow you to stay ahead of data breaches.
  • Make sure to back up any important and confidential data on a regular basis. In the situation of a virus attack or power outage, e-businesses can experience a huge loss over data that isn’t recoverable. Performing a scheduled back up every so often will ensure your data is stored, protected, and secured.
  • Utilize encryption to process any information for your site. For example, use Secure Sockets Layers (SSL) on specific pages that require customer information. SSL allows e-businesses to safeguard their customer’s information, like credit card numbers and passwords. On a similar note, SSL also prevents hackers from tracking a customer’s web history.
  • Do not store sensitive data, such as social security numbers, credit card numbers, expiration dates, or CVV2 codes that relate to customer records. Be sure that any personal customer information is eradicated from your system to help keep your business and your customer’s information safe.
  • Establish a system alert for online transactions. This will help detect any skeptical transactions, such as placing multiple orders with different addresses or phone numbers or placing several orders in a short amount of time. When a multiple order request is identified, look and see if the same IP address was used to make online purchases – if something looks off, trace the IP address and alert the server administrator. 


E-commerce sites are becoming a primary target for hackers to attack. With the right products, resources, and education in place, both businesses and developers can safeguard themselves and their customers from sensitive information being placed in the hands of hackers.