Hackers focus on E-Commerce sites More than ever
Security for your WordPress e-commerce site is more important than ever. All POS (Point of Sale) systems in US have to be upgraded now to integrate with a “chipped” card. So, even though it will help deter cyber crime with the point of sale systems, criminals won’t stop trying. Criminal fraud is like running water, when one area is firmly sealed off, it simply flows to the next open gap, which in this case is e-commerce. In the digital world, only the card digits and Card Verification Value (CVV) are used, and chip technology cannot help, which will make digital payments an easier, more lucrative target for fraudsters to target.
By law now, brick and mortar store retailers are required to upgrade their point-of-sale terminals to EMV-compliant machines. EMV — which stands for Europay, MasterCard and Visa — is a global standard for cards equipped with computer chips and the technology used to authenticate chip-card transactions. And now, because of this, merchants that don’t support payment cards with embedded chips will be liable for in-store fraud. While it’s been the norm in Europe for the past ten years, the U.S. is just getting around to adopting EMV technology, prompted by a need to combat the ever increasing costs of card fraud, which was valued at $11 billion according to the latest survey.
That’s one of the reasons why I recommend WordFence Security to my WordPress clients. There are a lot of plugins out there to secure your site, but this one is often overlooked, and it shouldn’t be. It has a feature-packed list to stop hackers in their tracks, it’s consistently being updated to help protect against newer threats.
- It’s consistently being updated to include protection against the latest threats.
- Both free and paid plugins offer a complete firewall, and blocking of brute-force attacks, malware, back door vulnerabilities, and loads more.
- There’s both a free and premium version of the plugin, and the free one still has a ton of features included.
- Both paid and free versions include tech support, so you’ll never feel all alone; at least not with this plugin, anyway.
- Feature suggestions are taken very seriously, so if there’s something you want to see, it will be thoroughly considered at the very least.
You can see the full list of features on the front page of the WordFence website. The Wordfence WordPress security plugin continuously prevents, patrols and protects your WordPress websites against today’s ultra-advanced cyber attacks, hacks and online security threats, and that’s why I recommend it to my WordPress clients.
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