How to keep online donation processes secure

As nonprofits look to improve their online donation process and make their payment options more secure, they should research the security solutions that are available for better website management.

There are quite a few steps that donors take when giving money to an organization over the Internet, meaning there are different levels of security that would be wise to employ.

A more secure process allows for happier donors and a more successful fundraising program. If nonprofits are able to protect their sites effectively, they can provide a better experience for their supporters and move forward with online donation efforts flawlessly.

There are multiple ways organizations can make sure their online payment systems are secure and donors can continue supporting the cause monetarily without any complications. The more attentive nonprofits are to the potential of malware or other types of cyber crime, the better they will can offer a successful and positive experience for donors.

Here are a few simple steps to take for payment protection that will have a significant influence on the security of a website:

1. Invest in quality software
This is the easiest and most obvious option because, as Internet Retailer points out, a good system will protect against a wide variety of threats and let the organization breathe easy. Today's technology is incredibly advanced and leaves open fewer system holes for cybercriminals to take advantage of. 

Whenever you choose a software provider that deals with donor data, make sure that they have comprehensive security features and, when applicable, adhere to PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards). Adherence to these guidelines will greatly minimize the threat of a security breach.

2. Protect data well
When it comes to credit card processing, data protection starts and ends with effective encryption, according to Switch Commerce. An investment in such software is worthwhile, as it allows for the continued success of the organization and its supporters.

And don't forget: you need to make sure that data from all sources is protected. Donors should feel confident giving to your organization whether they're giving on a desktop, laptop, or smartphone.

3. Refrain from storing information
Take into account the various ways the nonprofit can store and process payment information and make sure these tactics are secure on all levels.

If not, it may be best to avoid storing data to further protect donors' sensitive information. The extra step will mean a lot to those using the site and show gift givers that organizations have their best interests in mind.

4. Keep a close eye on equipment
Malware is oftentimes hard to recognize, but if nonprofits monitor any changes to their system and pay attention to transactions to quickly detect problems, they will be able to assess the situation in a timely manner and not have to deal with it moving forward.

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