Even in today’s world of secure video technology, there are still banks that get robbed every so often. But usually, it’s not because of carelessness. In addition to other security precautions, for example, banks usually lock their windows.
E-commerce websites need to be just as secure as offline banks. The problem is, many online business owners often leave their windows unlocked. Maybe they don’t know that they are required by the Payment Card Industry (PCI) to run periodic security scans. Perhaps they erroneously believe that their website is safe from hackers just because their transactions are protected with an SSL certificate. It could be that they like to gamble and take risks. Maybe they like to play Russian Roulette with their online business’ and their customers’ personally identifiable information.
If you are an online business owner, there are a few things you can do to protect yourself from online thieves. Here are two tips to help keep your website’s windows locked. These tips are not comprehensive. They are for business owners who want to reduce the chances that their websites will be compromised by hackers.
Protect your devices
Install updates, especially for your software, operating system, and your browser as soon as they’re made available. The most important kinds of software updates you can make are those for the operating system itself and for your browser. This is because Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge, and the rest are common points of entry for attackers. You should also update password managers and other apps on your system.
Scan your site for security threats
Part of PCI compliance is the continual scanning of your website/server for unlocked windows otherwise known as vulnerabilities that hackers use to sneak into your website and take whatever they want. Trust Guard is the leader in website security. Their Security Scanned service will check for more than 75,500 potential issues. If they find any holes, they will provide you with a detailed description on how to fix the problem. You should repair the issue as quick as possible to lock your website’s windows.
Watching the movie “Masterminds” showed us that even people who aren’t rocket scientists can often figure out a way to get what they want. Did you know that hackers break into 30,000 websites a day? Certainly, not all of them have a four-year IT degree from a respected university. Scanning your site for vulnerabilities and installing updates in a timely manner are two simple things that you can do to keep your website’s windows locked which will keep you in business for many years to come.