Saturday, May 25, 2019
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By Mark Idzik

You may have heard this morning that certain e-commerce shopping cart software, if not configured properly, can leave sensitive customer data available for anyone to find on the web.

This security breach seems to be limited to the following cart software products:

  • -Order Form
  • -QuikStore
  • -Enterprise's EZMall2000
  • -PDGSoft
  • -Mercantec

Apparently, if not installed properly, the programs create a file, available to any web surfer who can find it, with sensitive customer data. In my experience, this is common if you don't safeguard the location of the customer data file with ANY shopping cart system you use.

How can you avoid this?

First, follow the installation guidelines closely and ask questions if you have any doubt about the security of your client data. The cart data should always be kept in a password protected area of your web site, may have a non-standard file name and location, or can be located in your cgi-bin directory where access from the web is limited to running scripts, not accessing files.

If you're not sure about the installation process, you may consider hiring a consultant that specializes in a few shopping cart applications that meet your site needs. We've had good experience installing Dansie Cart by Craig Dansie. The cart is full featured, cost effective, keeps sensitive data protected, can authorize credit cards live and much more. Visit for more information.

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