Google reCAPTCHA and Two-Factor Authentication Enhance Magento Security

Security has always been a key concern for Magento merchants as their online stores hold the confidential personal and financial information of the customers. Therefore, the platform’s community is consistently engaged in efforts to stronghold its security in all the possible ways it can. One of the latest developments in this context is the availability of the Google reCAPTCHA and Two-Factor Authentication functionalities for the stores running on this platform. These features are available for the Magento Open Source, Magento Cloud, and Magento Commerce Cloud versions 2.1 and 2.2. The main purpose they serve is to enhance the website’s security by curtailing any unauthorized access and reducing spam. Both the features have added a new dimension to Magento eCommerce development. Still, it is advisable to understand them before you implement them within your business website.

Google reCAPTCHA: The novel way to prevent SPAM

Online stores take extensive measures to distinguish humans from bots so that they can prevent SPAM. Besides the conventional techniques such as ad blockers, image recognition, and math questions, Magento has come up with a novel approach to restrict the access of bots to the online store with the help of the Google reCAPTCHA feature. This is a module that protects the Magento store from spam and abuse. It tells bots and humans apart by leveraging advanced risk analysis techniques. The new API enables a majority of valid human users to get across the reCAPTCHA challenge without the need to solve a CAPTCHA. The functionality also includes support for invisible reCAPTCHA.

Two-factor Authentication: Assured confirmation of the user identity

Multi-factor authentication has emerged as a reliable measure for preventing access to a website by hackers even if they possess the username and password. Magento has brought the two-factor authentication feature on these lines. It provides an additional security layer whereby the users need to verify access in two steps with tangible evidence that identifies them as the authentic account users. This is typically done by making use of a combination of any two factors, including something that only they know, something that they are, or something that they have. Besides the security questions, an OTP shared at a registered email id or phone number may be used as an authentication measure.

Magento Security: What more needs to be done?

Besides implementing these new features, there is much more than you can do for enhancing the security of your e-commerce store. Follow the best security practices such as running the store on the latest version, partnering with a reliable hosting provider, Magento security patch installation, performing regular security audits, and having a proper backup and disaster recovery plan. The idea is to leave no area uncovered as even a minor security breach can cause the store to be hacked. This may result in the site losing the customers’ trust and also its reputation. The best move is to hire Magento developers who can detect and resolve such threats before they do any damage.

Conclusion

Prevention is always considered better than treatment and the same principle applies to Magento security too. Therefore, you should leave no stone unturned when it comes to strengthening the security of your website as you are absolutely responsible for the confidential customer data. Partnering with a reliable Magento development company is the best thing to do as these professionals can handle every aspect, including security and ongoing support. Discuss the latest features Google reCAPTCHA and Two-Factor Authentication with your support team and have them implemented in your store as a part of your security strategy.


Originally published at www.magentoindia.in on August 21, 2018.

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