Ecommerce Website Security: 4 things you should do first

Martin Starkie eCommerce, Online Security

Secure your website


When setting up a new e-commerce store, it is easy to overlook the steps you need to take to keep your site safe. Below is a guide which will help you to keep your website secure.

  • Use a reputable web hosting service

    The easiest way of improving the security of your site is to choose a reputable hosting service provider. Here at CMS Live our customers websites are hosted on a dedicated secure server, Cloud or VPS depending on their requirements. At CMS Live, we are proud to offer our clients a range of website hosting services, which allows our customers to focus on running their business without having to worry about the technical aspects of website management.

    CMS Live helps to keep your e-commerce site secure by offering attack monitoring and prevention. The status of your webpages’ HTTP, DNS and ICMP are monitored at 5-minute intervals. This means that our team can identify and take action to deal with any issues which may affect website performance, or the transfer of sensitive data such as details of payments or other personal information. Our servers undergo regular maintenance to ensure that the latest security patches and updates have been installed, which means you don’t have to worry about hackers exploiting old software.

  • Make sure your passwords are strong and secure

    While CMS Live website hosting will help to keep your website secure, it is essential that you take steps to choose a strong password. Strong passwords should be:

    • Unique: It is important that you create different passwords for different accounts. If you use the same password for multiple accounts, they will all be at risk during a cyber attack.
    • Random: You should avoid using birthdays, names or addresses as part of your password, as these can be guessed easily. Ideally, a password should be a random mix of numbers and upper and lower case letters.
    • Lengthy: The greater the number of characters used when creating a password, the greater the difficulty for a hacker to gain access to your account, as each additional character increases the number of possible combinations.
    • Unique: It is important that you create different passwords for different accounts. If you use the same password for multiple accounts, they will all be at risk during a cyber attack.
    • Random: You should avoid using birthdays, names or addresses as part of your password, as these can be guessed easily. Ideally, a password should be a random mix of numbers and upper and lower case letters.
    • Lengthy: The greater the number of characters used when creating a password, the greater the difficulty for a hacker to gain access to your account, as each additional character increases the number of possible combinations.

  • Enable two-factor account authentication

    While strong passwords will help to protect your website, if a hacker gains access to your email account, they may be able to use the information available to them to perform a password reset, which would allow them to take control of your website. You can defend against this threat by using two-factor account authentication (2FA). When you log in using 2FA, a code is sent to a mobile device via SMS. This code must be entered into the website to verify your identity as the account owner.

  • Back up website data

    If your website is compromised, it could result in the loss of data. You can protect yourself against this risk by creating backups which can be used to restore your website. CMS Live creates real-time automated offsite backups, which are stored in independent offsite locations.

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