Improve Online Security and Protect Customer Data UAE
As a business owner, it’s important to take information security seriously – not only for your sake, but your customers’ too. Allowing sensitive data to fall into the wrong hands can cause serious trouble for your brand reputation, or worse.
Follow the steps below:
1. Use a password manager
Password managers work by generating strong passwords for the websites you visit and storing them in an encrypted vault with a single master password. This ensures that your passwords are not only uncrackable, but also that you’ll have a unique one for every website – one of the most important and effective security measures you can take.
2. Encrypt your online store
Traditionally, most ecommerce websites use SSL encryption technology to protect a shopper’s personal information during the checkout process. While the checkout process is secure, all other traffic to the ecommerce website uses the old, unencrypted HTTP protocol. This has been the common practice for about twenty years. You can now easily encrypt your online store by clicking “Activate SSL certificates” in your Shopify account or by using the yellow button below. Once activated, all your traffic will be redirected from HTTP to encrypted HTTPS.
3. Enable two-step authentication
Enabling two-step (or two-factor) authentication provides an extra layer of security by requiring two pieces of information for every new login attempt: your account password, and a single-use authentication code received via SMS or authenticator app. This ensures that even if someone were to discover your password, they’d still need access to your mobile device in order to successfully login.
4. Encrypt your devices
Encryption allows information to be hidden so that it cannot be read without special knowledge (such as a password). By encrypting your devices, you’ll ensure that your sensitive information is protected even if someone were to gain physical access to them.
Mac – Enable FileVault in your Settings panel.
PC – Use BitLocker if your computer is compatible. Otherwise, use one of these alternatives.
iPhone – Encryption is enabled automatically with your passcode.
Android – Select the “Encrypt phone” option under Security in your settings menu.
5. Update your software
While encryption is important, you’re far more likely to succumb to a software vulnerability than a physical one. The best way to protect yourself against software vulnerabilities is to ensure your operating system, web browser, and computer software stay updated, and to avoid clicking any fake or risky download links.
Here are a few ways you can make that easy:
Enable automatic updates in Windows / OS X
Switch to Firefox or Chrome, two browsers that update automatically
Don’t ignore Java or Adobe update requests – they usually contain important security fixes
Install anti-malware software like MalwareBytes