Three Common Security Mistakes Made By Ecommerce Startups

Any business is in a vulnerable position in its early days, since it still needs to develop the kind of customer base an enterprise needs to sustain itself, and its staff may be new to the game and not equipped to weather the kind of rough patches an established business can endure.

That’s why it’s especially important to have security measures and policies in place right from the start, because any mistake or gaff could spell the end of the project. But that doesn’t stop a lot of new businesspeople from making these errors, so here are some of the most common ones to watch out for when starting your own online business.

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Using Personal Devices for Business

Its tempting to allow employees to use their own smartphones for work, since they are practically ubiquitous, it allows the startup to save money on hardware, and it’s more convenient for the employees themselves than carrying multiple phones would be.

The only problem with this is that it puts privileged information on devices that may not have the full level of security required to protect your customers and your business, and if that individual ever leaves the company they will take all that information with them on their phone.

Not Having Adequate Security from the Start

This one might seem obvious, but its vital to get all your security measures in place from day one, or at least enough that your users can rest assured that their information is protected. That means SSL at the very least (even inexperienced users can identify secure sites with this measure thanks to the ‘https’ at the beginning of the address) and an option of two-step, text message-based verification to be sure.

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Not Testing Security Measures Regularly

Cybercriminals are always finding new ways to try to obtain valuable data, so it’s important that you know whether you’re protected. That’s why penetration testing, where you have accredited experts like the team at Nettitude attempt to access your systems without authorisation, to determine which techniques and programs if any you are vulnerable to. Not only is this type of testing vital for staying ahead of the curve, it’s also required by the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, so don’t neglect it.

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