The holiday shopping season has officially begun, and after Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, shoppers are still likely to continue buying gifts. One of the best ways to attract both new and existing customers is by setting up online stores. However, we must make sure we are protecting their information, otherwise sells will go elsewhere. Luckily, there are many simple ways to keep your customers’ data safe from any kind of cyber threat.
First of all, we should invest in a dedicated server instead of using a shared one. Staying current on our encryption practices and technology is essential, too. Also, we must plan and develop strict privacy policies and guidelines to follow. Updating our security software and destroying data we don’t need are also useful ways to keep your customers’ data safe.
Invest in A Dedicated Server
One of the safest ways to keep your customers’ data safe is investing in a dedicated server. Many companies tend to choose shared servers instead of private ones as they might be more affordable. However, our company’s data may become more vulnerable this way. If another site using the same server we do is weak, hackers could breach the network and gain access to our files. Therefore, having a private server will eliminate this possibility and protect our information better.
Make Sure You Are Using Encryption Technology
Encrypting sensitive information is the best way to keep it safe and secure in case of a security breach. This is why we should make sure we keep our encryption technologies current and up to date. Otherwise, our security systems might become vulnerable, and hackers could unencrypt our customers’ information. Luckily for us, encryption systems are becoming more accessible, affordable, and powerful, too.
Prioritize on Privacy Policies and Guidelines
Developing and following privacy policies and guidelines should be every company’s priority, regardless of their size. This means creating a specific data security role and coming up with emergency plans to follow in case of a security breach. Also, training our employees on ways to keep your customers’ data safe is essential. Don’t forget to implement limitations and restrict access to those employees who don’t need to have contact with sensitive data.
Keep Your Security Software Updated
Just as it is important to update our encryption systems, we should do the same with our security software. Keep our anti-virus, malware, and ransomware security programs as up-to-date as possible will help us protect our customers’ information. Not only that, but our whole company will remain safe and secure, too. Suffering a security breach, or even worse, falling victims to a ransomware attack can really affect our business. In many cases, when any kind of malware infects a company’s network, they end up going out of business, and we don’t want to happen.
Destroy Data You No Longer Need
Last but not least, one of the most secure ways to keep our customer’s data safe is by destroying data we don’t need anymore. It is common for businesses to collect large amounts of customers’ information over time, but we should keep our storage clean. If we constantly analyze our data, we shouldn’t have a problem finding information that is too old to keep. Therefore, we should destroy such data, as we will reduce the risks should a security breach happen to us.