With the holidays upon us and the increase in online sales, I wanted to take a few minutes to talk about online security. Many online retailers take your security very seriously, but as we know, websites still get compromised every day (even sites as large as Yahoo & LinkedIn can be victimized).
So what are some things that you can do to keep your accounts and personal information secure online during this holiday shopping season and throughout the year?
Change your password
I think we have all heard this one, and are tired of it being preached, but year after year we seem to be using some really amateur passwords. When creating passwords, try not to use the same password on every site. Vary the password in ways that you can remember, use a unique password for each site, or try to create an acronym related to the site that is easy for you to recall. Some things to try to avoid are pets/kids/family names, date of birth, home addresses and the word “password.”
Ensure e-Commerce sites are secure
In the online shopping world today, this should not really be an issue, but it is still a good idea to do your due diligence with any online retailer you are shopping with. Make sure that the site you are using is secured with an SSL before entering any sensitive information (like credit card numbers). The best way to determine this is by looking for the lock symbol in the address bar of your browser. Each browser may display it a little differently but in general a green lock () means you are good to go.
But what if you’re a business and want to protect your customers?
There are some things that businesses can do to make sure that their websites are secure and their customer’s private information stays private.
- One of the best things to do is to install an SSL on your site. An SSL encrypts any data sent from your site to the server. An SSL makes it unreadable during its’ travels. This helps protect your customer’s information and goes a long way to keeping things secure.
- Have a discussion with your web developer or hosting company; Are there any security risks with your site? This may require a review of the site by that company and may not be free, but in the long run it can make sure your site is secure.
If you’d like Sephone to perform a site review or would like to discuss security options for your site, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.