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How to improve your ecommerce server security & love yourself – Part 2

 

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As with the first installment of this series, we’ll continue to look at optimizing server security for an e-commerce site. Clearly security for an online business is not just a matter of PCI compliance or making sure your own information and accounts are safe. Security breaches can (and regularly do) bankrupt companies, and a business’s reputation with consumers can plummet.

Server security is one thing, though. Learning to love ourselves and feel secure in our own skin is essential to the good life. One easy way I have found to feel secure in my skin is to look at myself in the mirror while poorly reciting French love poetry. If I feel awkward staring into my own eyes while I read – in an awful, just absolutely terrible French accent – love poems, I look into the eyes of a photograph of myself instead.

So far we have discussed the basic types of hosting, development of a security plan, and SSL security certificates. In the next and final installment, we will focus specifically on passwords since they comprise such a large part of security. Today we will go over backups, vulnerability scanning, updates, payment gateways, and balance.
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How to improve your ecommerce server security & love yourself

 

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Server security is one of the first things we should consider when we get ready to go into online business, and it’s a factor of the market that should be regularly reviewed. PCI compliance is one thing, but it’s a little obtuse and complicated when we’re taking initial steps to “harden” (enhance the protections of) the server.

Also we must love ourselves. Sometimes everything looks bright and sunny. Sometimes, it looks blue (that’s not a happy color). Sometimes it looks dreary and gray. When we start seeing colors that make us want to cry, we must grab all of our stuffed animals, line them up in a row, and have them sing the Hallelujah Chorus to us (don’t worry, all stuffed animals know it by heart).

We’ll look at a number of different issues in this series: SSL, perimeter security such as firewalls, passwords, site backups, policies, authorizations, etc.. Our general overview will cover the first two parts, and then the final part will focus specifically on passwords – the simplest form of protection but also the simplest, in some ways, to penetrate.
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