Web Designs utilizes Mal's free e-commerce
shopping cart system
Here! for details).
Security falls into two main areas; firstly our responsibility to safeguard our
customer's personal data and secondly; to avoid becoming a victim of fraud yourself.
I make no apologies for the fact that I am more concerned with the former.
SAFEGUARD YOUR CUSTOMERS DATA
At Mal's e-commerce your customers' payment information is encrypted and then saved to
the database. You can download this information only by using an SSL enabled browser
from within the Admin area.
It is absolutely essential that you never include credit card information in
unencrypted email. So unless you have a digital signature for the recipient of your
communication you shouldn't send it.
Is it secure?
Yes. These days there is no technical reason why your credit card information shouldn't
be secure but a lot still depends on the management systems the merchant uses. For
example there is absolutely no point in using a SSL secure server to collect credit card
details as I do at Mal's e-commerce if you then latter on post it over the Internet using
When one of your customers places an order you will be notified by e-mail. That e-mail
will contain details of their order plus a unique Shopper ID but minus the credit card
number. You will have to collect the card number using an SSL secure browser and the
Shopper ID number from this site.
I use exactly the same process for checks as the same security risks exist although for
some strange reason not in most peoples minds.
How do I take credit cards?
For a detailed discussion on credit
cards read the help file.
I don't process credit card transactions. I simply collect the information from
your customer and post it on. To process credit cards you need to have a Merchant
Account with your bank. E-commerce is still in its infancy and many banks are
weary of fledgling Internet businesses but this is for you to sort out.
If you can't take credit cards you can still accept checks and cash payments, COD for
example. This would most likely be the case anyway for a school or a club shop.
Web Design Team