Magento is one of the world’s leading eCommerce platforms. It is looking to extend its B2B, Cloud, and 2.x offerings at a faster pace. Magento claims 19.64% market share among all eCommerce platforms. More than 250,000 merchants around the globe use Magento and this platform accounts to an estimated $100 billion business every year. On an average, businesses using Magento grow 3 times faster than those on competitive eCommerce platforms with almost 50 percent lower TCO (Total Cost of Ownership). Magento Community has 150,000 developers who contribute to building extensions and improving the platform.
The popularity of Magento has also considerably increased the threat of security breaches. Cyber attacks can lead to leaked financial data, vulnerable client information, and disrupted information that, in turn, affects the goodwill and credibility of your business.
In this blog, we have provided some tips to make your Magento eCommerce store secured and protected.
Magento periodically launches new versions with known bug patches, general maintenance, and security enhancements. Magento releases accompanying notes with every latest patch to specify the fixes that have been made to overcome previous flaws. However, it gives a clue to the hackers to exploit the outdated online stores. Therefore, in order to assure the security of your online portal, it is recommended to upgrade to the latest Magento version available that should protect from all known threats.
You can reduce the risk of security breach by simply following right password practices.
Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) provides additional security to your Magento store. 2FA requires password and username as well as a piece of information (such as letter combination or a number sequence) that only the user knows, for login. Two-Factor Authentication extensions can be easily downloaded from the Magento Marketplace.
The standard URL of your online Magento store, by default, is yourdomain.com/admin. Obtaining access to your Magento admin page is not a hard nut to crack for the hackers. In order to reduce the risk and ensure security, we recommend you to create a custom path to your admin URL using Magento’s guide.
Hackers use SQL Injection technique to tamper the sensitive data or make changes to the backend of a site through coded commands. Though Magento takes all the possible measures to prevent SQL injection, you are advised to secure your online store against such attacks by implementing a firewall application.
Firewall defends your site against malware attacks in the following ways:
In order to ensure security of the data being sent from and to your Magento portal, use an SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encrypted connection. Unencrypted data connections are vulnerable to data interception and theft. You can apply SSL through Magento’s URL setting found in the Admin Panel. Once you install SSL, an iconic green padlock will appear on your website in the browser, indicating the visitors that your online store is safely encrypted.
Even after following all the security tips, your webstore is never entirely protected from hackers. In such circumstances, having backups of your website on the hard disk and cloud will help restore the previous version of your website. Backups are also useful in cases of configuration issues with newly installed extensions, deletion of critical files and other accidental errors.
Although Magento support team constantly works on security and maintenance updates to keep the web-stores secured, online store owners must stay cautious in their efforts for smooth and safe operations of their online businesses.
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