Securing an eCommerce website from hackers and malicious attacks is one of the most challenging tasks for an online store owner. Being a site owner, you should always make sure that the monetary transactions emerging within your online store are safe and secure. However, protecting an online store is not as easy as you think, especially if you are using Magento.
Being the most popular eCommerce development platform, Magento is always under the threat of hacking attacks. Although there are a variety of in-built security functionalities and extensions, you can still have to implement some concrete security measures that can prevent your online store against hackers, spammers, and other security threats.
In this blog post, we will share some of the essential security tips that will protect your Magento store from getting hacked.
1. Create a Customized Admin Path
Create a custom admin path to strengthen the security of your Magento online store. Having an unchanged path allows hackers to gain access to your admin area using ‘Brute Force Attacks”.
There are various hacking software applications available on the web that enables hackers to guess different combinations of admin username and password 8 million times a second. It means the most vital part of your site i.e admin area is more vulnerable to hacking attacks.
But by customizing your admin path, you protect your online store from getting hacked. All you need is to change the path of your admin login page.
For example, you can change “mysite.com/store/admin” to something more reliable and secure, such as “mysite.com/store/Mkg76I”.
Quick tip: Don’t change the “Admin Base URL” setting in the admin section while tweaking your admin path. Because this would break Magento by preventing you from accessing the admin area.
2. Use unique, strong, long and complex username and password
Most of the hackers attack Magento site by guessing their username and password. It means if you have a simple password, then hackers can easily crack it within a matter of few seconds.
In order to give them a tough competition, you can use a long, complex, and unique password for your Magento online store. Make sure that your password is at least 15 characters long and contain combinations of alphabets, upper and lower case, numbers and special characters (such as AhjB1#$7).
This makes it difficult for hackers to break the username and password of your Magento online store.
3. Never use the admin password anywhere else
According to a survey, more than 15 percent of users use the same password for more than one service. Using identical passwords for multiple logins and services could leave you in a troubling situation. This can increase the chances of losing all of your accounts at once.
Therefore, it is better to make a fresh and unique password for your Magento online store.
4. Regularly Update your Magento Store
You should always use the latest version of Magento if you want to give your web customers a safe and secure shopping experience on your e-store.
Luckily, Magento rolls out its latest version on a regular basis to address the security issues, and also introduces advanced features to give rich experience to their existing users. It means if you upgrade your Magento with the most recent version, you can easily fix the problems related to the security threats. These updates also bring advanced Magento customization functionalities that help you generate quality leads for your business.
Note: Magento recently released its latest version, 2.1.2 that includes security enhancements, functional fixes, and other essential improvisations to the Sales API.
5. Use Two-factor Authentication
Having a unique and secure password won’t save your site from getting hacked. For effective results, you should use a two-factor authentication to stop hackers from hacking your site. You can discourage such attacks by using multiple layers of authentication within your e-store.
The additional layer of security not only let you enter your unique username and password but also allows you to enter a unique security code that generates in every 30 seconds. Fortunately, Magento offers some of the best extensions that deliver two-factor authentication for your professional looking online store.
6. Using Secure FTP
Most of the hackers get into a site by intercepting or guessing FTP passwords. To combat this situation, you should use secure passwords and SFTP (Secured File Transfer Protocol) that generally utilizes a private key file for decryption or authenticating a user.
7. Acquire HTTPS/SSL connections for all your login pages
With the encrypted connection, you can protect your online store from hackers and other security attacks. If your site is not connected to encryption, then there is a good chance that you are vulnerable to dreadful security attacks.
Well, you can get rid of this situation by acquiring HTTPS/SSL connections for all your login pages. The following is the process of configuring encrypted connection on your Magento e-store:
- Click on the System tab in the main toolbar
- Select Configuration from the drop down menu
- Click on the Web tab that you in the left-hand navigation
- Select the Secure option in the main window
- Switch the Base URL of your store from ‘http://’ to ‘https://’
- Select Yes for both “Use Secure URLs in Frontend” and “Use Secure URLs in Admin”
- Click the “Save Config” button.
No doubt Magento is a leading eCommerce platform. But when it comes to the security, you need some tried and tested security tips that can help you protect your site from hackers.
With the help of these tips, you can tighten the security of your Magento e-store with ease. This lets you give safe, secure, and reliable shopping experience to your potential web customers, which result in increased conversion rates and improved ROI.
About the Author:
Linda Wester is dedicated Magento developer with years of experience in building highly custom websites for businesses. She is also an enthusiastic blogger who loves to dig into Magento, explore what’s possible and share his knowledge with readers.