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How to Protect Your Dropshipping Website From Fraud & Hackers

dropshipping websiteYou see it in the news every day---another ecommerce site hacked, so how do you protect your dropshipping website from fraud and hackers?

While it is, admittedly, a serious and all too common problem, there are things you can do to protect your site from fraud and hacking. One of the main things to think about is being proactive. A stitch in time saves nine and an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and all that. Old sayings but true, nevertheless.

It is much better to prevent your dropshipping site from being a jacked or a victim of fraud than to clean up the mess after it has happened.

Here are some tips to help protect your dropshipping website:

  • Make sure your ecommerce platform is secure. Choose a platform with an object oriented programming language as this is more sophisticated and the most secure available at the moment.

  • Don’t store old sensitive data from your customers. You should periodically purge this old info and data from your database and just keep what is strictly necessary. Another thing to think about is that it is forbidden by PCI Standards to keep this information.

  • Always use an address verification system to validate the authenticity of credit and debit card purchases.

  • Always ask for CVV numbers to help prevent fraudulent charges to a credit or debit card.

  • Layering security is a great way to keep hackers out. Starting with a firewall, add layers of security to such things as contact forms and login boxes. This makes it harder for application-level attacks like SQL (Structured Query Language) injections and cross-site scripting (XSS) to gain access.
  • Here is an especially important tip for drop shippers: make sure there is an order number for every order shipped to prevent fraudulent chargebacks.
  • Use virtual security cameras on your dropshipping site with real time analytics tools such as Clicky or Woopra that monitor suspicious activity.

  • Use services such as Trustwave to perform PCI scans at least every 3 months or so. If your dropshipping website uses third party downloaded software such as PrestaShop or Magento, be sure to keep up with the latest versions with enhanced security.

  • Every time a new version of a software you’re using comes out, patch right away. This includes your Web server, along with other third-party code like Java, Python, Perl, WordPress and Joomla, which are favorite targets for hackers and attackers.

  • Use a cloud based DDoS protection and mitigation service. Besides being more effective, a managed, cloud based DNS hosting service can help deliver 100 percent DNS resolution, which improves the availability of Internet based systems that support online transactions and communications.

  • Always be sure that whoever is hosting your dropshipping website is backing it up and has a good disaster recovery plan. You don’t want to lose big chunks of valuable data in the event of a hard drive failure, attack, or power outage.

Be proactive about protecting your dropshipping website from fraud and hacking!


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