Five Low-Cost Ways To Improve the Security of Your eCommerce Website
Written by James Allison   
Friday, 16 October 2020

Running a website is not an easy task, as you have to make sure that it is secure. Here are some tips for those moving their retail outlets online. 


In this modern-day and age, running a business involves lots of things. In the past, all you had to do was open a brick and mortar store, and you could start running your business; the scenario has greatly changed. If you want to achieve greatness for your business in today's world, you need to gather online traffic through a website. However, running a website is not an easy task, as you have to make sure that it is secure. You need to be aware of common security threats if you want to be considered in the same league as your competitors. 

Moreover, if you are running an eCommerce store, you have some responsibility on your shoulders. Your customers will never trust you if you can't provide them the much-needed security that their personal information is not at stake. In this article, I am going to highlight five low-cost tips you can use to improve the security of your eCommerce store and get on the right track to success. 

Pick the Right Platform

As there are many platforms right now that help aspiring businessmen create their website, you need to do your research before you regret making your decision later on. With a platform like Magento and Shopify, which provide users with different features, the most vital feature that requires your foremost attention is security. If you are running a website independently, without a platform, you put yourself at a greater risk. However, when you use a platform, it is the platform's job to put basic security protocols to protect your website, which is why you need to choose the right platform. 

Use and Update Security Plug-Ins 

The next thing that you have to consider is the plugins that you are using for your website. The best part about eCommerce platforms is that they offer different plug-in as a gift to users. However, you have to be very careful about which plugins you are using and update them from time to time. There are hundreds of plugins that let users improve the security of their website. However, if these plugins are left unchecked, hackers might find a loophole and cause havoc. 

Keep the Admin Panel Tight 

The most important part about a website is the area from where it is managed, called the admin panel or the dashboard. Hackers try to access a website by using a lot of methods. These methods might take some time and effort. However, if he gets access to your admin panel, it's game over for you as he will push you out of your own website. So, you need to make sure that you are using fool-proof passwords that are hard to crack. Moreover, you should change your passwords every three months just in case there is an information leak. Especially, as most security teams are working from home due to the coronavirus restrictions, you should take a look at Is Cybersecurity Stifling Your Business Innovation?  

Educate Your Customers

It doesn't matter how secure your website is; the weakest link in the security chain will always be human intervention. If you have done everything on your end to protect your users, your users also have some responsibility on their shoulders. You must teach them important stuff like setting strong passwords for their accounts, never giving their login information to anyone else, use two-factor authenticators, and lookout for phishing.

Back-Up Your Data 

Last but not least, a successful business is a business that keeps everything in mind. Even if you are sure that no one would be able to bypass your internet security protocols, you still need a backup plan. The best way to do that is to back up all the data you have on your website in case it gets hacked. You can use different eCommerce plugins to automatically back up your data from time to time in case you are having trouble when doing it manually. At the end of the day, you can rest assured even in the worst-case scenario; you will have something to look forward to. 



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