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Without a proper website security, you can’t expect to run a successful business! Read and discover the most common security threats to ecommerce websites and how to protect your website from an attack!

Before, it has seemed like there has been a new security breach every two days. If you remember, there were high profile accidents such as WannCry and Heartbleed and hacks of popular organizations and companies such as the Democratic National Committee and Sony Pictures. That’s the time when these entities decided to bring cybersecurity and its importance to the front of people’s minds. It’s a fact that the magnitude of DDoS or Distributed Denial of Service attacks has increased with a large number of devices and gadgets connected to the internet and more and more of the population uses these devices. This means that the risk of stealing important information continues to rise.

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Credit card information, bank accounts, tax returns, healthcare data, and personal information are often submitted online or stored on a special network that could be easily vulnerable. If you are informed enough you probably know that markets on the dark web that sell stolen data or information can wreak destruction by allowing others to steal their identity to charge money to someone else’s account, and etc. All connected Internet of Things gadgets and devices such as home security systems and fridges can be taken over easily which can result in severe complications and consequences.

At this point, website security is a really important topic and online businesses and brands are starting to realize that they need a way to protect their ecommerce websites. Ecommerce websites of all sizes are really exposed to attack as they process email addresses, credit card information, and passwords to user accounts. If the ecommerce website you are running is not properly secured, all personal information, credit card numbers and password combinations can be taken and used for other purposes.

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In this article, we will go through the importance of security and the most important threats to ecommerce websites.

  • Cross Site ScriptingWhen used this form of attack, the attacker will insert a so-called JavaScript snippet on an exposed or vulnerable web page that to a search browser looks like a normal content and is therefore executed. This attack can perform a lot of harmful actions. This method can also give intruders an access to other data on the user’s computer and leave them malware installation.
  • SQL InjectionThis type of attack can affect almost any website or app that uses SQL database which includes popular ecommerce platforms such as Magento. When using this technique, the hacker can insert harmful SQL statements in a payload which will be actually increased as a part of an authentic-seeming inquiry. If the hacker gains access to the database they can create an account, view all of your important information and delete the other database entries.
  • Phishing attacksThese scams are usually in the form of emails that look pretty legitimate and sometimes they may come from someone you actually know. Also, phishing scams can happen through phone calls. These scams include a link to a page that if clicked on and accessed it will take over the email account and install malware on the computer which can access the camera and steal all personal information.

There are a few ways to protect your ecommerce website from attacks. Some of the most popular methods are PCI compliance, SSL certificates, Security Patches, Web Application Firewalls, Vulnerability Scanning, Bot blockers, and Content Delivery Networks.


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