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s an online store owner, security is one of your top priorities. Not only are you responsible for your own files, order information, and hard work, you’re also responsible for customers’ personal data. The last thing you want is for that information to fall into the wrong hands.

But eCommerce security doesn’t have to be daunting! It’s just a matter of putting the right practices into place and implementing the right tools. Let’s take a look at some strategies, broken down by priority.

Before we look at each in detail, here’s the full security checklist:

Essential:

  • Choose a good host
  • Use high-quality plugins
  • Implement strong passwords
  • Prevent brute force attacks
  • Update WordPress, themes, and plugins
  • Enable backups
  • Add an SSL certificate

Moderate:

  • Re-evaluate user access levels
  • Implement security scanning
  • Monitor site activity

Advanced:

  • Set up a firewall
  • Enable secure authentication

Essential security practices:

1. Choose a good host

Good site security starts with a good host, so do your research. Here are a few things you want included in your hosting plan:

  • A firewall, which places a virtual wall between your server and the rest of the internet to protect website content
  • Regular, automatic backups of your entire site, so if anything does happen, you can restore data and files
  • Malware scanning and protection so you can quickly react to any problems and prevent them before they occur
  • The latest version of software, which limits vulnerabilities hackers can exploit 
  • Excellent support to help you address malware, hacks, and other security issues
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