With Cyber Monday just one week away, learn more about how consumers feel about the security of online shopping and what you can do to help prevent your data being stolen.
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With the holidays quickly approaching and online shopping expected to hit record highs, it’s the perfect time to make sure your customers, and your bottom line, aren’t at risk. In fact, shipping experts like FedEx, are predicting another record-breaking year of shipments driven by eCommerce purchases.
With the push for holiday shopping about to begin, we conducted a survey to take a closer look at trends in online shopping and how that relates to what we’re passionate about: protecting websites and their users.
Festive decorations adorn storefronts and holiday music fills every shop; a reminder that the holiday season is upon us. It is a busy time of the year, full of parties, reunions with family and friends and plenty of shopping.
According to the National Retail Federation, 2016’s holiday sales are expected to increase 3.6 percent over last year to 655.8 billion dollars. Shoppers are estimated to spend an average of $935.58 on gifts, food, décor, cards, and personal purchases.
That means a lot of time spent in stores and online looking for just the right gift, decoration, or meal for the season. It is also a prime time for a crime, especially if you’re shopping online.
Picture this. You just launched your first company website to sell your clothing line. Customers are purchasing products, and you’re starting to make a profit, then BAM! You get hit with a fine because your website is not PCI compliant. What’s next?
What Is PCI Compliance?
PCI Compliance is a security requirement created for online merchants by five of the major credit card companies, American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB International, Mastercard and Visa, to protect customers and reduce fraud.
Tony Spiridigliozzi is the founder of the successful eCommerce website Airspeed-Wireless.com. The website features security, wireless, switching products, IP cameras and VoIP phones. Its mission is to offer quality Cisco and Meraki products at low prices with exceptional customer service. Airspeed-Wireless.com has been recognized for its success and earned the Small and Midsize Business Specialization from Cisco and Certified Meraki Network Associate designation.
Black Friday is one of the most anticipated shopping days of the year. Shoppers are up at the crack of dawn to hit their favorite stores. Some will go as far as to camp out at the stores offering the hottest deals while others will avoid the malls altogether by finding the best sales online. Nearly 100 million Americans are expected to take advantage of Black Friday discounts this year. However, these shoppers aren’t the only ones who have been waiting for Black Friday; cyber criminals are just as excited for this big shopping day. Securing your website for the holiday season is one of the best things you can do for your business and your customers.
Consumers have endless choices of where to shop this holiday season and your store – whether brick & mortar or online— must stand out. A well-designed, easy to use website is critical in cutting through the clutter to attract holiday shoppers and drive them to make a purchases. Unfortunately, the same features that improve user experience and retain customers can leave your website vulnerable to a cyber attack and pose a significant threat to your business.
If you accept credit card payments, you’re likely familiar with PCI compliance and what it entails. If you accept credit card payments, or are considering it, and are NOT familiar with PCI compliance, be sure to take accurate notes on the information that follows.
PCI DSS Overview
Created in 2004 by the five global payment brands — Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover and JCB — the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a security compliance requirement for businesses that handle credit cards. It was created to protect customer and cardholder data from cyber attacks and fraud.
With thousands of attacks daily on websites of all sizes, we thought we’d get your day started with some simple website security tips that should be a regular and central part of your security routine. And here’s why.
As hackers of all sorts constantly probe businesses of all sizes for any kind of vulnerability they can exploit, websites could by far be the biggest hole in security. And just one recent hack should have been a wakeup call for anyone responsible for website security. In the world of security breaches it seems like a lifetime ago, but it was less than three months ago that a company called Hold Security reported finding a stash of more than a billion usernames and passwords, along with half a billion email addresses, on the servers of Russian hackers.
If you think for some crazy reason your business is too small, too obscure, or simply just too uninteresting to be of any value to a busy hacker, be prepared for a rude awakening. The one thing the all of the recent major data breaches had in common is that all the businesses involved were probably PCI compliant. And it was still no guarantee.
There has been a seemingly endless parade of massive data breaches in just the last few weeks, including UPS, Dairy Queen, Community Health, Apple’s iCloud, the 1,000 businesses the FBI said were just hacked, and, oh yes, the suspicion that Home Depot just suffered a data breach even bigger than Target’s.