Magento security is a central issue for merchants that manage eCommerce sites on this platform. Like all aspects of an online business, its security is elementary to its existence and growth. The alarming increase rate in ecommerce related crimes, this industry is in a desperate need of protection. Website security systems that help prevent the unwanted from gaining access to sensitive information about clients and customers are on an all time high demand.
In this article, we are going to discuss the various but quick ways to enhance & maintain your website’s security significantly.
1. Get a security system:
One of the ways you can protect your Magento website is to install a website security system that offers virus protection, spyware protection, and other services against online threats. To better understand what these services will offer, consider what the provider’s software does. For example, does it offer a free scanner or does it offer a check and removal option.
Another factor to consider is the provider’s terms and conditions. Find out if they have the ability to access backups and restore files. Another option is to ask for a free trial period to get a feel of the services offered. Although a trial period is not a guarantee that the service is genuine, it will give you a chance to verify whether the solution is really worth the cost.
Even if you only intend to launch a new online store, you can expect to find spam emails in your inbox, so it is important to make sure that the system is able to block these messages. Because of the popularity of the internet, web pages containing viruses and worms are easily accessible, so it is important to learn how to protect yourself from such threats. This is possible through your website security system’s spam filter.
2. Update your web infra:
Although it is important to invest in an eCommerce security system that offers effective security tools, it is equally important to know how to manage and secure your Magento store yourself.
From updating the tech stack, CMS, plugins, themes and other extensions, to updating the hardware and operating system, everything adds to your security online. Many a time, an infected system with malware such as – a virus, worm, trojan goes on to infect a web application if not cleaned on time. This, again, presses the point just how important it is to operate on a secure and malware-free environment.
Updates are security patches that are released from time to time to mend a vulnerability or bug existing in a system. To avoid such scenarios, keep your web system up to date.
3. Configure Magento settings:
3.1 Change Magento admin URL
An insane number of web owners run their ecommerce store on the default CMS configuration. What does this mean? This means that everyone (including the hacker) knows that the admin URL of your store is – http://www.mystore.com/admin. Replace “mystore.com” with your store’s name. Now that he knows the admin URL, he can try different attacks on the login page to get through it. Brute-force remains the most common of all. This can be catastrophic for your business.
3.2 Set correct files & folders permissions
Similarly, not securing your sensitive files and directories is again a security gap at your end. If you don’t know how to set/change files & directories permissions on your website, check this guide here.
3.3 Hide directory listing
Directory listing is the process where
3.4 Set unique username and password for the website
Even though it is one of the oldest protection methods, password protection is still overlooked by many. Web owners just for the sake of convenience of remembering the passwords end up using a very common or easily crackable password. With so many password managers at your disposal you need not even think twice about the management of these new and unique passwords. Keepass & Bitwaden are some of the popular password managers that are being used by thousands.
4. Back up regularly
Backing up your data regularly eliminates the possibility of facing a harsh aftermath in an event your website does get hacked. A backup is the fastest response mechanism you can ever build and store. Just restore an old and good backup of your website and worries vanish like that. However, not keeping a regular and frequent backup can cause you to lose valuable content and changes on your website. Another aspect to take care of while creating a backup is to keep it functional. Rolling a backup should not break your website. If that happens, the backup is good for nothing and fails the agenda.
Although this blog lists the most important Magento security measures you should implement, in no way we mean this is all. This list is not exhaustive. However, it still enhances your store’s security to counter most attacks coming it’s way.