How to Guard Your Ecommerce Store From a Data Breach by Graeme Caldwell - Graeme

August 28, 2019

Earlier this year, security researchers discovered a data dump that contained the details of over 6 billion compromised accounts. Among the records were almost 800 million individual email addresses and 21 million unique passwords. The data dump was a composite collection that included data leaked from over 300 different websites, including ecommerce stores.

Last year, Marriott leaked 5 million unencrypted passwords, Exactis leaked a database with over 340 million records containing personal information, MyFitnessPal leaked 150 million records that included passwords and addresses, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

All of these were big multinational companies, and you might be thinking that a small or medium ecommerce store doesn’t face the same threats. However, most data breaches do, in fact, involve small businesses. The bots that carry out hacking attacks, including the Magecart attacks, are global and automated. If your ecommerce business stores private data online, it’s at risk of a data breach.

The good news is that by following security best practices it’s possible to mitigate most of the risk. A well-secured store is unlikely to be hacked, but if it is, it is unlikely to leak any useful data. Let’s take a look at some of the security precautions you can implement to reduce the chances of your ecommerce store....

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