10 Security Tips For Magento to Keep Your eCommerce Store Safe

Magento has now become a popular and powerful platform in the Ecommerce industry because of its routinely updated features. The security of an E-commerce platform is very important because it maintains users’ data and order-related financial information. While operating a Magento website, securing both your data and your customer’s data is vital for you as it helps you to avoid needless downtime and maintain a good reputation with your customers. Although, Magento already has a good number of built-in security features, but, you still need to take some additional steps to protect your store from hackers and security breaches because no E-commerce site is 100% un-hackable. As online hackers conduct several attacks on your Magento store to steal confidential details, you need to implement some additional security steps to make its security foolproof:

1. Use the latest version of Magento

New versions of Magento are equipped with features & softwares to tackle recently discovered security risks. So, you need to update your store with the latest version of Magento sooner than later. There are many advantages of upgrading your Magento store. It helps you to follow the best practices for security, avail new features, important upgrades and bug fixes. It also helps you to save your precious time you waste while searching for an issue that was given in the recent version.

2. Password Related Precautions

While maintaining E-accounts, most of the tech-savvy people are careless about their passwords. They use simple passwords for their e-accounts which are a boon to hackers who can hack such accounts without exerting too much effort. You should do following in this regard:

  1. You must use a random password (such as pTy#$9827!&*) that is not easily decoded or predicted by hackers,
  2. Use any password generator to create a hard & complex password,
  3. Change your password regularly from time-to time,
  4. Don’t use identical passwords for several logins as it increases the risk of losing all your accounts at once if one of your site is compromised by hackers.,
  5. Set up complexity requirements

3. Roles Of Administrative Users Strictly

If your Magento store is popular and receives heavy traffic daily, you need more people to take care of its several aspects and run it smoothly. When several people work on your site, security risks increases a lot because of the mistakes made by a novice staff. There is no need to give the access of all administrative areas of the website to all administrative users of your site. Based on their profile, just limit their access to certain tools and features and ask them to use a different user account to sign into website. It helps you in two ways-

  • Limit the role of your colleagues (based on their profile)
  • Mitigate the amount of damage if one of your accounts is compromised by hackers.

4. Block Unwanted Countries

If you are not shipping your products globally, block unwanted countries from country specific IP address. For example- If you don’t ship outside the USA, block all other countries as it will help to protect your E-store from a lot of malicious traffic flowing out from other countries. Doing so also helps you to prevent any breach attempts from blocked countries.

5. Use Good & Reliable Magento Extensions

There are numerous Magento extensions, which are used by the website owners to improve the performance of their sites. As trust (between a retailer and a customer) builds on security, you should use only well-tested extensions with a good track record of dependability. This will protect your website against online security breaches. You need to upgrade Magento extensions while upgrading your site for the latest version of Magento. This enhances your site’s functionality.

6. Backup your Magento E-store regularly

While managing your Magento store, you need to know that over a long enough time-frame, some unfortunate things (such as system breach, equipment failure, staff mistake, natural disasters, server related issues, etc.) can destroy the important data on your site & you may suffer a great loss. A proper backup strategy should be an essential part of your Magento store. Although, most web hosting companies keep a backup of your data, but it is not wise to heavily depend on a single backup. Just take the backup your site’s data regularly and store them in different locations such as in the cloud, secure storage in your offices and at other places you deem safe. This helps you to retrieve your site immediately after a security breach.

7. Use Two-Factor Authentication

Expert hackers can crack even the random passwords you use for your Magento accounts. When you use 2 factor verification, it helps you to avoid online security threats up to a great extent. Actually, two-factor authentication is a security method that requires two different ways of proving your identity when you try to log into your Magento admin from a different PC/laptop. Once activated, users get a login code on their specified mobile device and using that code, they can sign into their E-account. It protects your site from unauthorized login attempts and enhances its security up to a great extent.

8.Encrypted connections (SSL/HTTPS)

E-commerce companies deal with the sensitive data of their customers and they are at a risk of being intercepted by unauthorized 3rd parties when they are communicated between a retailer and a customer. Hackers can cause significant trouble to both retailer and customer if they get vital information like login details, database information, etc. so, just purchase an SSL certificate from any verified certificate authority and install it properly. As soon as you have SSL, configure your Magento installation to necessitate the secure resources on certain pages and force them to be loaded on HTTPS.

9. Use dedicated servers

When you run your Magento store on a shared server (to reduce your cost), it not only affects its loading speed, but also expose it to online security breaches up to a great extent. Therefore, it is recommended for you to host your site on a dedicated server for improving its security against online vulnerabilities and ensure fast loading speed also.

10. Make sure you follow PCI Compliance strictly

If you run a Magento based web store, it’s mandatory for you to follow PCI compliance standards. This helps e-merchants to protect their customer’s’ identity, data, and credit card information at all costs. If you follow PCI Compliance strictly, you can easily assure your customers about safe online purchasing on your store. However, doing so will take a considerable time and consume your valuable resources. But, it is essential to improve the security of your Magento web store.

Final Thoughts

There are several ways to implement the security improvements for Magento stores. If you use the above mentioned tips and tricks, you can decrease the amount of online vulnerabilities on your Magento stores and can give your customers the best shopping experience in an easy way.

Emily Benson is an experienced CMS developer, currently employed at HireMagentoGeeks – Magento Development Company. She is also an avid blogger and always on the look-out for top blogs to post her tutorials.
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