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Inevitable Shopify Growth Challenges: Maintaining Your Ecommerce Site’s Security

Lindsay Duggan Martinez

Principal Partner Marketing Manager @ AdRoll

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When it comes to ecommerce security features, Shopify hits the ball out of the park with its built-in GDPR-compliance solutions, TLS encryption protocols, and PCI standards, among others. 

But if you’re not a data security expert and have no clue what the features above mean, you’ll want to read on: Here’s everything you need to know about maintaining your ecommerce site’s security. 

But first, some common ecommerce security issues that every merchant, entrepreneur, and marketer should know:

  • Credit card data. Is the server that manages every transaction fully secure and PCI compliant? Remember: Payment data breaches not only destroy a customer’s trust in your brand, but they also open you up to legal action.

  • Customer data. How do you protect and secure your customer database? 

  • Fraud protection. Does your ecommerce store detect fraudulent orders? 

  • SSL. Is all your site content served over SSL? It prevents malicious third-party scripts from wreaking havoc on your website and shoppers’ browsers.

  • Admin security. How easy is it for a malicious third party to access your store’s admin account? 

Now you know what to pay attention to, you’ll want to ramp up your store’s security by:

✅ Activating your SSL certificate, so all traffic is routed through HTTPS, not HTTP. Although Shopify enables it by default, it’s worth double-checking — here’s how.

✅ Checking out Shopify Plus’s fraud detection, such as Fraud Protect or Signifyd, and bot protection solutions.

✅ Locking and password-protecting your wholesale site from regular shoppers.

✅ Training your team against phishing scams.

✅ Securing your accounts with two-factor authentication and checking out identity authentication providers such as ​​Okta and OneLogin.

✅ Reducing the chances of legitimate transactions being declined by leveraging an AI-powered fraud analysis tool, such as NoFraud or ClearSale.

✅ Backing up your store regularly — in case a team member accidentally deletes something important — using apps such as Data Export Reports, EZ Exporter, or Rewind.

It’s clear: Shopify and Shopify Plus are the platforms best suited to maintain your ecommerce site’s security, alongside a whole host of other growth challenges. Get started with them now. 

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