December 5, 2022

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How to Bulletproof Your Ecommerce Website by Improving Security

Having an eCommerce store is great. It allows you to make sales, generate revenue and build your brand. 

But there’s a lot going on behind the curtains to keep this machine running smooth and especially keeping it safe from threats online.

In this article, you’ll learn some common threats that eCommerce websites are susceptible to and how to make your website bulletproof against them. 

Let’s get started.

Did you know more than 30% of all eCommerce websites experience hacking? Business owners can lose valuable customer data, get a virus or even worse, lose access to their accounts and website.

DDoS and Brute force attacks are common for all websites. But what are these attacks exactly? In a nutshell:

  1. DDoS attacks are jamming your website’s traffic with a stream of bots. Your servers will experience a ton of incoming traffic, not from customers but from malicious devices that want to bring your server down.
  2. Brute Force, as the name implies, is where hackers forcibly send login requests using a program. The goal is to get control of your account and shut you out from gaining access.

Let’s look at two other threats that are common with eCommerce stores.

SQL injection

We know that hackers love to steal data. SQL queries are used to access your database. By forcibly injecting a query through a form, hackers can steal database records.

SQL Injection

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Once they get what they want, they’ll disrupt your database and you will have no clue. You lose data and access to your database. Nobody wants that!

Phishing emails

If you’ve ever worked for any organization, you would have received this common security advice: never open an email or attachment from an unknown source. 

These emails contain links that lead to other sites which slow down your server’s performance and make your website bait for future attacks.

Now you get warnings from your email service provider to be cautious before opening such emails. Commonly called “phishing emails”, hackers mail your customers from your business’s name, asking them to “verify the details” to get the critical information they want, damaging your brand’s reputation in the process.

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