As companies are willing to shift their stores to virtual platforms, E-commerce has changed to allow millions of Internet users to better reach their customers. However, non-adoption of cyber security issues by most small companies still leaves them vulnerable to cyber attacks.
Here are 5 top E-commerce Web Site Security Tips to pay attention to in 2015:
1. SSL Certification: SSL certification acts as a night watch for web users during financial transactions across e-commerce websites. It is an acronym for Secure3 Socket Layer that was created by Netscape. It creates a private environment for information dissemination between the web server and the visitor’s web browser prohibiting any chances of data tampering and mishandling or eavesdropping. 99.1 % of websites have acknowledged SSL certification that in turn has helped their business activities as customers have trust issues with websites not having SSL certification. According to Gartner Research, nearly 70 % of online shoppers have terminated an online order because they did not “trust” the transaction. In those cases, 64 % indicated that the presence of a trust mark would have likely prevented the termination. SSL certificates are provided by certificate authorities (CA) which keeps a detailed record of what has been issued and the information used to issue it for a small service charge.
2. SQL Injection: Have you ever thought of losing your database integrity through the login form in your webpage due to improper coding of your web applications? SQL injection is one such mechanism where a malicious user could feed SQL statements that would allow access to the database directly. It is becoming one of the most notorious and prominent methods of extracting information from the application layer. Starting from a login form to search pages, comment sections and shopping carts where dynamic content is managed by businesses to communicate with its prospective customers, SQL injection can become a serious threat as it would grant access to user credentials, financial information and company statistics all of which is housed in a database. According to the Web Application Security Consortium (WASC) 9% of the total hacking incidents reported in the media until July 27th, 2006, were due to an SQL Injection. Recent studies show that about 50% of the websites are susceptible to SQL Injection vulnerabilities. Therefore it is high time to add a stronger jacket of firewall to prevent such breaches by patching your servers and databases with better security mechanisms.
3. JS attack (XSS): XSS attack or cross-site scripting is one of the most common application layer hacking techniques along with SQL injection. XSS attacks make use of dynamic content in web pages which are difficult to control and the output can be misinterpreted by the client. Hackers infiltrate a malicious JSS code into a dynamic webpage that fools the user and executes on its browser revealing information to the hacker. Every user viewing that code or comment would download and execute in his or her system causing undesirable behavior. The dynamic nature of websites in this era renders organizations to become helpless to such attacks on their data. The only way to prevent cross-site scripting is through constant security which requires time and diligence from the organization. A third party security manager helps in such cases to beef up the security and keep a constant check on the posts and comments.
4. Price Manipulation: Price manipulation has come up in recent years due to the boom in the fast growing e-commerce industry. It is a technique synonymous to the traditional method of stealing from racks that in its modern day counterpart would be called online stealing. The vulnerability lies in the shopping carts and payment gateways where a user can manipulate the price of the purchased goods before sending the final price to the online merchant gateways using a web application proxy. These attacks could potentially make organizations go out of business due to lack of supervision.
5. Remote command execution: This is a method of attack predominantly used by hackers who are able to execute operating systems commands on a target machine through a process called arbitrary code execution. Certain meta-characters are not rejected by the software which is then passed as system calls allowing complete take-over of the machine. This happens because many systems do not differentiate between code and data and therefore malicious code is disguised as harmless data. With the top 5 listed above one can expect many more to come up in this list but here is a chart by Web Hacking Incident Database for 2011 (WHID) to sum up the rest of the discussion.
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