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How to keep your Magento 2 store secured

Posted on 05 July 2018

If a person doesn’t pay enough attention to the security of his life, then sooner or later he may get an injury or something even worse. The situation with a web store is almost the same. Now it is only money, reputation, and clients private information are at stake.

To keep a store secured, a manager should apply a number of improvement measures. Though Magento is a secure CMS, there is a number of loopholes hackers may use in their attacks. Here are the tips on how to prevent it.

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Are your Login and Password strong enough?

The admin account is vitally important because access to the store owner’s profile will give criminals possibility to steal all the information of all the users, in addition to limitless power in the store. That is why Admin Login and Password must be secured.

To make it such, just complexify them. A simple “admin” is too easy to guess, so be unpredictable and choose something way more difficult.

The same situation is with your password. Luckily, Magento 2 comes with Password strength meter when one creates an account, so there is little chances to make a short and weak password.

And it is not only length that matters - a short combination of lower and upper case symbols is better than just a row of ones.

By the way, don’t save the password in your browser or device. There are cloud-based services that steal passwords from browsers. Besides, there is no better way to forget the password than to “Remember your password”.

Is your Admin Path unique?

Not only your account must be secured - the path to it is better to hide as well. As a lot of store owners don’t bother and use the common “/admin”, hackers check this URL primarily.

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Default admin path is insecure.

Surprise them and make your own way to the admin panel. The trickier is the better.

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Way better.

Does your store have 2-Step Verification?

Two-Step Verification requests a special verification code that is sent via email or SMS to a user right after signing up. If your online store was brick and mortar, 2FA would work as an additional door - after forcing open the first one, criminals face the second door with a completely different lock. To manage it, hackers should get the security code, what requires theft of either email address or mobile phone.

Do you keep your Magento up-to-date?

Cybercriminals always renovate their techniques and try new ways in their craft. Developers understand that and constantly make new versions of Magento in order to keep it safe. If the issue isn’t big, they release so called Security patches that close known loopholes and solve important issues.

If you would like to know whether your website has any vulnerabilities before installing a patch, you may use the MageReport free service. It checks if Magento store has security patches installed.

Massive upgrades contain performance improvement and bug fixes, so it will help you not only with security. Magento notifies about its new versions, so it is not difficult to follow the situation. You can always check if your Magento store is up-to-date using free MagentoVersion service.

Are you sure you know who has access to the admin panel?

Even if you 100% sure, there can never be too much safety. You can restrict the access to the admin panel by setting the IP whitelist. It means that only people with these IPs will have the possibility to login successfully. So, the criminals must try hard to override this kind of security.

Where do you buy extensions?

Managers want their stores to be the best and extensions are of huge help here. But the thing is that badly written extensions may cause more harm than help - they can allow for successful hacker attacks.

Always check the reputation of the extension builder you want to buy stuff from, along with reviews and track records. All the extensions you but must be reliable and proven, for example, like Security Suite for Magento 2.

Do you know what is happening in your store?

Being a store owner, you should monitor the activities on your website. Noticing strange behavior in advance will prevent a possible attack and give your store more security. You will also be able to apply quick fixes when you see the source of a problem.

Still, there is no need to become a 24/7 watchman. Developers have created extensions that collect the data and then send you all of it in a report. Even more, some of them offer additional possibilities. For example, Log Monitoring for Magento 2 supervises the website errors in addition to usual monitoring.

Prevent Fraudulent Orders

Fraudulent orders also threaten the security of online stores. To protect your store from cybercrime, you need to use secure and trustworthy payment engines, as well as solutions that prevent the creation of fraudulent orders, such as Fraud Protection Magento extension.

In conclusion

Hackers always invent new attacking techniques and never rest, so keeping a store secured requires time and efforts. These tips will make it easier for you to protect your website from security breaches, but you can’t sit back and relax. Here you have found the ways on how to improve your store security. Now you should put it into life.

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