7 Tips To Improve Magento Web Store Security 7 Tips To Improve Magento Web Store Security

As a Magento website owner and an online retailer, you must understand the staggering cost of a security breach. Generally it is believed that a security breach tends to impede sales in the short term. What is often less acknowledged is how these breaches can affect sales over a long period of time by damaging your reputation and standing as a trusted online shop owner.

We all know that Magento websites are vulnerable to security threats such as data loss, identity theft, credit card misuse, hack attacks, brute force attacks, and DDoS attacks. But, there is no problem without a solution. In this blog, I am going to highlight 7 important areas you need to keep focus on in order to deter any kind of threat to your Magento e-commerce website.

Get the Latest Security Patches

If your Magento website does not have all the latest security patches updated, your website is more vulnerable to potential security threats than you realize. These patches are designed to respond to the newest and the most advanced threats you are likely to be affected with. Once the Magento application is installed, ensure that all the security patches are updated.

Intrusion Detection And Monitoring

Nowadays, many people are getting their own dedicated servers. But, they are completely unaware about security requirements of such infrastructure. Usually, they leave it to the company where they host their servers. Intrusion monitoring is an important step that the best hosting service providers take to improve Magento security by monitoring and detecting network traffic for any anomalies. If a threat is identified, it can be remediated before it can affect the user.

Make Sure to Take Backups

Malicious threats are not only ones you need to be worried about. Correcting mistakes in code, handling accidental hiccup, and unexpected server down time can be just as damaging and a lot harder to plan and prevent. This is why keeping a data backup is essential. If anything untoward happens, you can recover from it instantly by restoring the backup.

In such cases, you need to tweak Magento backend. For this, you need to take backups by following this particular path. System | Tools | Backups. With Cloudways offering you a powerful console, you can easily take server backups. Within the console, click on the “Server Management” tab. Scroll down to “Backups” section. There you will find a dropdown menu. You can select the frequency (number of days) of your server backup from it. The default backup frequency is set for one day. You can set up to seven days of server backup frequency. Once the frequency is set, press the “Save Changes” button. Then click on the “Take Server Backup Now” button. There you go, the server back up is ready for you.

As a rule, I would recommend to take backups before and after making any significant changes within Magento installation process.When you are ready to take backups in Magento, I strongly recommend to schedule your backups via Cloudways console. Ensure that you monitor backups every day.

newsCloudways provides auto scheduled backups with Point-in-Time Recovery

Use HTTPS/SSL For Backend

By using a public hotspot to access your Magento website, you’re risking yourself to suffer from MITM (Man-in-the-middle). To avoid that, employ safe connections for authorization. SSL is the best option for you as it encrypts your data across the internet or networking connections. To start using SSL, you don’t even need to buy a certificate. Just generate a self-signed certificate and make it a trusted one in your browser.

Strive for PCI Compliance

Following PCI compliance standards is mandatory if you are running a Magento based web store. This practice forces merchants to safeguard their customers’ identity, data, and credit card information. This means that following security requirements including policies and procedures. Abiding by PCI standards is the most reliable way to safeguard online purchasing. The time and resources necessary to meet these standards can be burdensome, especially for smaller retailers, but following them is essential if you want to improve security of your Magento web store.

Prioritize Site Speed

Online hack attacks don’t just put customers’ data and site availability at risk—they can also degrade site performance. You can improve Magento website’s security by regularly monitoring site performance and taking steps to minimize load times. When purchasing or adding on extensions for your website, make sure that you have the latest version and edition of Magento installed on your server. It should be compatible with all the extensions and modules supported by Magento. Also ensure that there is no additional functions (Javascript, JQuery, etc.) and extensions that will otherwise burden up your Magento website. If you are still experiencing slow website speed then you better look for a better Magento hosting solution that use a reliable stack and optimization formula of Nginx, Varnish, Apache, Memcached.

Custom Admin Path

By default, you can access your Magento admin panel by going to your-site.com/admin. Having the path to your admin panel easily guessable means that someone can try to guess your password and you will be a victim of brute force attacks. By having your admin path protected by a password or a secret code instead of the default /admin name, you can prevent users from guessing your password or using it.

  1. Locate /app/etc/local.xml
  2. Find <![CDATA[admin]]> and replace ‘admin’ with the path you would like to use

If your local.xml file says <![CDATA[door]]>, your admin path will be /door.

In this blog I have elaborated about seven of the most important facets related to security of your Magento website. However, there will be more that you know. How about we share the knowledge with everyone? Just share your security tips in the comments section below.

Wajid Hussain is a Magento Community Manager at Cloudways. He is an experienced in Magento Front-end and PHP development. He loves to play football & basketball. You can find him on Twitter or Linkedin.

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