If you own an e-commerce website, there are many factors that you need to keep in mind when you select a web hosting service provider and security should be your top priority. Your clients put their trust in you when they provide their confidential personal and financial information. As the business owner, it is extremely crucial that you keep this information secure by protecting your website from hackers who find loopholes in security, and can penetrate your database to steal important information. These devious minds would use the data to steal identities, empty bank accounts or even worse, they can harm your personal or company's image by spreading false and offensive information.
It's better to be safe than sorry.
So why is security such a major issue? Let's talk about what can go wrong if you do not have secure web hosting and what you can do to protect your website from hackers.
Abundant threats pose a direct risk to the servers and networks of web hosting providers. What pose the largest threat are forms of intrusive software called malware, which is short for malicious or malevolent software. It gains access to the server, gathers sensitive information and inflicts major damage. A secure web hosting plan will include applications that defend against malware, spyware, viruses and other infectious worms.
Protection from DDoS
DDoS is as grave as it sounds. Short for Distributed Denial of Service,they work by flooding the network with a larger number of requests than it can handle and thereby preventing it from providing service to customers. A virus application is distributed across the internet by the hacker and it affects a network of computers. The infected computers make requests at the same time, and the server slows down. Service is thus denied to your legitimate customers. A secure web hosting provider will provide DDoS protection in order to save your website lost time, money and avoid disgruntled customers.
SSL certificate can keep thieves away
E-commerce websites conduct several credit card transactions each day. You may think your server is protected, but if your connection with the website visitors is unprotected, hackers may not be far behind. To keep confidential information like credit cards, passwords and bank account details from being stolen, it is important that the information is encrypted by an SSL (for Secure Socket Layers) certificate. As it passes on from computer to computer, encrypted information can only be understood by the intended recipient. Have you ever noticed a locked padlock symbol in your browsers address bar, together with "https://" rather than "http://"? That's when you know that an SSL certificate is being used and that the transaction will be safe.
Prevention is better than cure.
Most web hosting companies are aware of the requirement for robust security and are taking strong precautions to provide secure web hosting.