In the 21st century, businesses are operating within an innovative, internet-centred, technology filled world. Unfortunately, as online interaction becomes fundamental in the world of business, hackers and fraudsters are continuously finding new ways to harm you and your customers. As such, online safety is paramount for all companies, but for none more-so than businesses in e-commerce.
As you celebrate your graduation from startup to SME, don’t forget that your e-commerce business will become more susceptible to online threats. In fact, small businesses are targeted more frequently than larger corporations, largely because the latter tends to invest in more extensive security procedures.
So how can you navigate this minefield and make your e-commerce site safe? To protect your SME, follow these tips:
Pay for Penetration Testing
More commonly referred to as a pen test, the purpose of penetration testing is to seek potential security problems and quantify threats. There are various types and formats of pen tests, but they all aim to find vulnerabilities which could be exploited by hackers.
Unlike other forms of security, a penetration test attempts to create an authentic breach. Professionals act like hackers, exploiting weaknesses and highlighting areas of concern without real-world damage. Once completed, you will be armed with new ways to protect your SME which can help to prevent any future hacks.
Tip: Always choose a pen test company with CREST accreditation, such as Nettitude
Think About the Payment Processes
One of the best ways to protect your SME against hackers, is to minimise the amount of data you store; if the information does not exist, a hacker cannot steal it. This is especially important in terms of payment.
There are a number of precautions that can be taken, including but not limited to: not giving customers the option of storing card information, directing customers to a secure third party gateway to process payments, and using encryption technology to prevent hackers from decrypting sensitive information.
Consider Cyber Insurance
Cyber insurance has been around for almost a decade, but has only recently become more common place. Also known as cyber liability, this insurance is essentially an emergency back-up plan.
Unfortunately, attacks are becoming more common and particularly for SMEs. Just as quickly as new software and deterrents are created, hackers are formulating innovative and sophisticated ways to break through. While there are steps you can take to secure your e-commerce business, should the worst happen, cyber insurance provides cover and protection when sensitive data is stolen.
I recently had the amazing opportunity to travel to Antarctica and to experience the most unique place on the entire earth. Antarctica Travel is not something that you might think of normally, but let me try and convince you why it was one of the greatest (if not the greatest) place that I have ever visited in my entire life. Read on to find out more about what has become one of my favourite places to visit.
What I love about Antarctica Travel, is the sense of uniqueness that you feel, the feeling that you are seeing something that very few others have seen before. This makes it one of the best places in the world. It is also crazy to think that it is completely dark there for most of the year and that you are in almost constant light (over twenty hours per day) during the summer months.
It is also a frozen desert, that’s right, it is a desert (not a dessert), because the rainfall is so low that it classifies as one, and because it is so large, it is also the largest desert in the world!
I didn’t include plant life specifically because there is practically none there, the only plants that can actually survive there are things like moss and lichen. Some of these are extremely old and it is amazing to see a total lack of plant life.
The animals to me are extremely fascinating given the environment that they live in. They are not at all shy in a place where there is practically no human exposure. Penguins are the greatest example of this, with their fun loving and curious nature. Aside from the penguins the wildlife is diverse, there are many types of seals, birds and whales.
Another thing to love about Antarctica is ice as far as the eye can see, you are definitely going to need a very good camera to capture some unforgettable scenery. You will also be charging your camera constantly because you will be taking thousands of photos of the endless stretches of the bluest ice possible, gigantic icebergs and looming mountains. You will quite literally be seeing the best thing in your life and then something that will beat it at any given moment while in Antarctica.
The other things
Aside from simply seeing all that Antarctica has to offer, you can also interact with the land and seascapes. I was lucky enough to be on a cruise ship that actually allowed you to step foot on the continent and actually camp there, that was something that I really enjoyed. Also it was amazing to get closer to the sea by kayaking in and around the huge ice formations everywhere. It is very difficult to think about how big icebergs are, until you actually see one in person. It is hard to believe that some of these are bigger than large cities! I could talk all day about the things that I did there and how amazing they are, but I hope that you now have some desire and curiosity to discover this unique land.
London is home to a lot of touristy places which boosts their tourism to very high numbers; but there is another side to London – a more quirky, if odd, adventurous side for all the fellows who follow the off the beaten path trail. This is a guide for all those non-conservative adventure lovers.
Mudlarking along the Thames
Mudlarking is an activity which is definitely in the weird category of this post. Mudlarking means digging through the mud searching for treasure and finding junk. It’s odd and probably not one of the touristy ideas you had in mind. Then again, you might find treasure, depending on your luck and patience, you might just want to try.
Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park
For all those who want to have an interesting afternoon by listening to other people, you can venture to the Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park where there are people, sometimes wackos really, vent out whatever’s in their mind in that particular moment.
221B Baker Street
Yes, I’m serious. For all of you out there who don’t know what I’m talking about, this is the address of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes. The house has been fashioned to look like the one described in the book and even contains Sherlock’s equally famous chair and pipe.
All of the unique nightlife
If there’s something everyone needs to see in London it’s the unique nightlife. You have everything from top bands to a London strip club. If you’re a music fan then there’s a chance you’ll be able to see a band playing that will be future superstars! Make sure you have plenty of energy because the night never ends and you won’t want it to because you’ll be having such a blast.
There are more odd and interesting places in London that you can go to. However, I’ll save that for another post. For now, try these out first and don’t forget to spread the word and tell me what you think.