How to Enhance the Security of your Magento 2 E-commerce Store?
The e-commerce arena is most prone to security threats in the digital realm owing to the critical data sharing and money transactions involved here. Website security gives ecommerce stores a unique edge when it comes to winning online shoppers and no wonder Magento 2 is the reigning champion among the leading e-commerce platforms. This is because Magento has taken adequate measures to combat the security threats with the subsequent release of each version of Magento 2 series.
Magento core developers have eliminated more than 20 potential vulnerabilities including the following:
- Persistent cross-site scripting (XSS) issue through user accounts has been resolved.
- Encryption keys are strengthened.
- Retrieval of private data of registered users by anonymous users is prevented.
- Admin URL is made unavailable for unauthenticated users during the setup process.
- Reflected XSS is prevented.
- Authenticated customer change by other customers is forbidden.
- Anonymous user access to Catalog, CMS APIs or Store is configured to require higher permissions.
Magento has included all these changes to improve the security of this e-commerce platform which in turn is very critical for building trust. And trust is the most essential ingredient of e-commerce success. This is why the Chinese magnate, founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group, Ma Yun (professionally known as Jack Ma) says, “For e-commerce, the most important thing is trust.”
Even though Magento is committed towards improving its security features, being an e-commerce owner you too would need to take care of certain security practices which we will discuss next. However, it is not always possible at your level to take care of these safety measures and thus it becomes imperative to involve a professional ecommerce website design company. Here follows few security measures that you must consider to protect your ecommerce store against the most prevalent cyber threats today:
Opt for a dedicated hosting plan
Just building a secure ecommerce store is no guarantee that it will remain always secure in the online space. You would also need a dedicated hosting plan so that you can run your e-store in a secure environment. Our team of ecommerce web developers will guide you in selecting a hosting plan suitable to your business needs.
Implement disaster management
You can utilize the disaster management plan creation feature of Magento 2 and also use various built-in tools to improve your recovery plan. Furthermore, collaborate with your hosting provider for effective and secure backup of your ecommerce website. Talk to our ecommerce development experts if you want to use cloud storage services.
Use safe protocol
Being an experienced ecommerce development agency we always suggest our clients to launch their ecommerce websites on HTTPs rather than on HTTP. It will not only grant your site an additional security but also rank in the search engine result pages (SERPs). Also make sure to use encrypted communication protocol to ensure safe and secure exchange of data.
Implement secure authentication practices
Use third party extensions to the minimum possible extent in order to minimize security threats and if at all you have to use them, follow the security guidelines religiously. Also try to use automatic log reviews to contain suspicious activities. Always keep your Magento site up to date by integrating latest security patches available.
Apply secure server management
In spite of built-in protection for admin URL, you would need to activate 2-step verification to fortify the security features of your web shop. This will ensure you receive an OTP on your mobile and cyber criminals cannot get access to your e-store even by using stolen credentials. Use strong and unpredictable passwords to prevent security breaches at your e-store.
Crafting a highly-functional and feature rich ecommerce development solution is not that tough, but to keep it safe, engaging and competitive requires a lot of hard work and talent and our team of Magento Certified Solution Specialists is adept at the same. For more than a decade, we have been enabling our ecommerce clients to get an edge over competition by incorporating the latest technologies in their ecommerce solutions.
Originally published at blog.heliossolutions.in on February 28, 2017.