Securing your website is always important, but when you have an e-commerce Magento website, it becomes even more important to secure the website’s data since it stores personal user data and transaction details.
Yes, the actual credit card details might not be stored in the database but if a system is compromised, hackers can easily redirect customers to a phishing site in order to retrieve their credit card information. And this wouldn’t just result in financial loss for customers, your ecommerce company would suffer a huge blow to its reputation, you would have loss of merchandise and not to forget, a serious threat from lawsuits.
Luckily, Magento is one of the most popular ecommerce platforms because it’s very easy to maintain and protect. But, before you take any steps to secure your website, you should check if it’s not already compromised. Firstly, you should scan your website through MageScan or MageReport.
Symptoms of a hacked Magento website
- Unexpected system slowdowns
- Unexpected store configuration changes
- Private information of the customers leaked or modified
- System files changed
- Some system files are not accessible
If an attack has occurred on your website, you need to work with your IT team and your hosting provider to find out the scope of the attack. You have to take into consideration the size of your store and the magnanimity of the attack, and then follow the below recommendations according to your business needs:
- Backup website data in case any more corruption occurs. This way you will also get the evidence of the malware that attacked your website
- Completely block any more access to your website
- Review and find out exactly what kind of attack has been done and how it was done
- If you have a remote backup with you, consider restoring previous code version, and ensure that it is not compromised
- Inform your payment gateway vendor if the payment information has been compromised
- Reset all the credentials on your website and this includes admin login, web services, files, and payment information
How to make Magento website more secure
Now, that you know what can go down if your Magento website is compromised, it becomes extremely important to make sure your website always secure. Here are some steps you can take to protect your Magento website:
- Use encrypted HTTPS/ SSL connections
- Use two-factor authentication
- Restrict administrator access to a specific IP address
- Use secure FTP to upload files
- Use a private email address for login
- Update your passwords after working with outside developers
- Disable directory indexing
- Only install trusted Magento extensions
According to our experience, the best way you can really protect your website is by having a trusted team of developers that will keep an eye for any suspicious changes, patch your Magento version and monitor it regularly for you.
This blogpost has been provided by the Meet Magento Association partner OpsWay. OpsWay is a 24×7 software factory with a wide range of IT services for e-commerce, software companies and startups. Magento, OpenCart, WordPress, Drupal or maybe a custom solution?They will find the most adapted solution for your business.