Every business engaged in e-commerce should make sure that appropriate security measures are implemented. If you want to keep your customers coming back and convert your leads, you’ve got to have a safe site where they can do business with full confidence and peace of mind.
Here are some safety tips to protect your business website from hackers:
1.Keep Your Software Up-to-date
You probably have heard this safety tip numerous times, but you need to be reminded to keep your work applications, software such as CMS or Content Management System, and server operating system secured. Hackers can identify unstable and low-level security or website security holes, enabling them to quickly abuse and use your data and your customers’ information into fraud and other cyber crimes.
Here are some safety tips to keep your software always up-to-date:
- Read practical tips from websafetyadvice.com to keep your website updated and secured. Keeping yourself abreast with the latest security measures is your best weapon to prevent being a victim of cyber attack.
- Apply security patches quickly if you’re using third-party software, such as forum or CMS. Be sure that you’re included on the mailing list or you receive RSS feed providing detailed information about current website security issues.
- Make sure to read notifications about system updates of your WordPress, Umbraco or other CMSes you’re using whenever you log in.
- You can use tools, such as Gemnasium, RubyGems, or Composer to manage your software dependencies and get automatic notifications whenever one of your components has announced vulnerability. Make sure that all your tools are also up-to-date so you can maximize their benefits.
2.Be Careful with Error Messages
Error codes are useful, but it’s the last thing you and users want to see. They are used by developers to communicate website failure to users and start the error resolution process. Error situations are entirely random so error responses are the only consistent communication that users can depend on when a website error occurred, clarifying the situation.
For instance, if a user sees an error message which says ‘401 Unauthorized – Please Pass Token’, it means that the user is unauthorized, and a token must be passed with the request to gain authorization. Indeed, you should be careful with delivering error codes to avoid security breach.
Here are some tips when dealing with error messages:
- Provide minimal errors to your visitors to avoid any leakage present on your servers such as database passwords and API keys.
- However, avoid providing full exception details that can make complex attacks, such as SQL injection easier.
- The detailed errors should be kept in your server logs, and only show users the information required.
3.Avoid File Uploads
If you’re allowing users to upload files, there’s a huge security risk on your website, even in as simple as changing their avatar. No matter how innocent the intentions are, they may contain scripts that open your website when executed on the server.
Here are some safety tips involving file uploads:
- Be suspicious with all files uploaded to your site even if you have an upload form.
- Don’t rely on the mime type or file extension for verifying an image because these things can be faked.
- Reading the header, using the functions, or opening the file is not foolproof because images formats can store a comment section containing PHP code that can be executed by your server and put your site at risk.
- Change the file permissions and ensure that you have a firewall setup if you’re hosting your website using your server.
- Your database should run on a different server separate from the web server, so it won’t be directly accessed from the outside world which minimizes the risk of data exposure.
- Restrict physical access to your website server.
Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure or HTTPS refers to a protocol used for providing Internet website security. It guarantees users that all data they enter won’t be intercepted, changed, or stolen while in transit. In short, HTTPS shows implementation of heightened cybersecurity measures.
Here are some benefits of using HTTPS:
- Secure credit or debit card information as well as login pages.
- Avoid hacker imitating users and taking over login sessions.
- Boost your search rankings because Google rewards websites using HTTPS.
- Give your customers peace of mind and encourage more visitors to become leads and customers. HTTPS along with verified seal or ‘trust seal’ are simple indicators for online users that your site is safe to use and do business.
Hacking or cyber attacks are regularly performed through written automated scripts, scouring the internet which attempts to exploit known software website security issues. That’s why it’s crucial that your website is safe at all times.