Credit Card Numbers Stolen - Don't Let Your Site be Next

Credit Card Numbers Stolen – Don’t Let Your Site be Next

The recent announcement by the BBC that up to 38,000 credit card numbers and associated information were stolen from Cotton Traders, a popular UK on-line clothing retailers, underscores how important it is to mind your client’s security.

A company statement had the following to say:

“Cotton Traders have recently upgraded all security on their website which has been validated by leading Industry experts.”

Well, at least they say it’s fixed now. I wonder how the negative publicity will play out in their sales. Some say any publicity is good publicity but I wonder….

What do you think? Would you buy from them now?

In the meantime, here are 3 ways to secure your E-Commerce site.

Three Ways to Secure Your E-Commerce Site

  1. Use the Latest Site Technology. If you run your site off of WordPress, osCommerce, ZenCart, CRELoaded, or any other opensource e-commerce engine, make sure you have the latest security patches installed.
  2. Use a 3rd Party Payment Processor. I would recommend PayPal. They’re great, secure, and easy to work with. The service charge is a small price to pay for security.
  3. Use an SSL certificate. This lets you encrypt sensitive data during on-line transactions.

P.S. Money Saving Tip! Paypal’s shopping cart allows you to use their SSL in a pop-up window!

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CWD February 4, 2009 at 9:05 pm

Thanks for the comment, Mairi.

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