A New Ecommerce Shop Owner’s Guide to Basic Store Security
Ecommerce is a steadily growing online industry with new storefront management systems popping up all the time. Rewind works exclusively with Shopify, one of the most trusted and secure sites out there — and if you haven’t considered switching over, now would be a great time.
If you’re new to running an ecommerce store, you need to understand that it’s very much like a regular brick-and-mortar business. Much like you need to have a security system in place in a storefront to keep criminals from breaking in, your online store must have something similar in action.
PCI DSS Compliance
While this is something you don’t have to personally worry about, it’s always best to choose an ecommerce host that is PCI DSS compliant. This means that Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, an information and security standard for organization, is present within a company.
Shopify is currently certified Level 1 PCI DSS complaint in all six categories they check for, which means both your business data and customer information is secure.
Focus On Password Security
While you and Shopify can cover their bases, you still have sensitive account information that is your responsibility. Basically, if you’re still using “password123” to log into your Shopify, you’re simply asking to be hacked.
Your password needs to be strong — something that can’t be guessed or easily assumed. Even if it takes a lot of memorization on your part, try for something random, like eGX245%fj7. That’s hard to crack and even harder to guess.
Have you ever noticed some websites start with “https” instead of “http?” This means that they are SSL encrypted, which is a fancy way of saying they’re extremely data secure. Prior to early 2016, Shopify only used SSL encryption during the checkout process, but now it’s an option available to all Shopify users, free of charge, on any and every page of their store.
If you want to SSL encrypt your own Shopify, which helps build customer trust and rank you higher on Google search engines, simply go to your Shopify account and click “Activate certificates.” It’s one of the easiest ways to make your store more secure.
Backup Your Data
As much as we like Shopify, we understand they have a massive flaw in their system. Shopify doesn’t offer you any possible way to back up your store data without going offsite — a.k.a. using Rewind to make sure you’re taken care of.
Your store could easily be wiped off the map because you click the wrong button or let it fall into the wrong hands. Shopify doesn’t back up your data for you, but Rewind does. We store your Shopify information into the Rewind Vault, then give you access to your backup at any time in order to reinstate or rewind your store’s current information.
Having and operating an ecommerce store means you have to be responsible for a lot of things. Don’t let basic security measures slip through the cracks when the solutions are simple.