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How to secure a Magento store?

Magento, an ecommerce solution provider, has a number of built-in security features aimed at keeping you safe. These features are always updated and maintained. Despite this various cyber criminals are always on the sneak to find any weakness in the code or loophole left by the user. Once they get into it, they may use the site for any of the following reasons:

  • Spamming and damaging the website
  • Extracting  passwords, pins and security keys

Although with every update, the Magento Community issues stronger and newer security protocols, but in order to eliminate any opportunity for hackers, the users need to take certain steps. Read through to know how to secure a Magento store.

Choose a secure password:

While choosing the password for Magento site’s administrator, choose wisely. This password may give access to credit card data and customer information depending on the configuration and permissions. There are some guidelines used for creating a secure password

  • Atleast 10 characters should be used.
  • It must consist of a mixture of upper and lower case numbers and punctuation.
  •  It will be easier to remember and type if the password is made phonetic.

Require HTTPS/SSL for all pages with logins:

There is a risk of data being intercepted by any third-party each time the data is sent over an unencrypted connection and login credentials are no exception. Therefore it is required to send the data over a secure connection in order to minimize the risk of username and password landing in unwanted hands.

Not to use the Magento password for anything else:

Do not use your Magento password with any other account or other web services. If you have same password for all accounts the password may become vulnerable if the other accounts are hacked by any means, which may put the Magento site at risk.

Standardization of Servers:

 It is required to make sure that the hardware utilized by the provider is standardized in order to give optimum performance and is up to date. It also needs to acquire everything that suits the Magento website best. Faulty servers may prove to be vulnerable to any hacker.

Close email loopholes:

Magento has a convenient feature that allows user to reset the password if forgotten. You need to know the email account associated with the account in order to reset the password. Then you need to access to the email account in order to retrieve the new password. Choose an email address that is not known publicly. Make sure that the password for your email account is secured and if your email account has a security question, choose a question and answer that would be impossible to guess.

Keep up-to-date anti-virus software:

Computer viruses can steal the data. In order to minimize this risk, invest in reputable anti-virus software. Free anti-virus software like AVG may good for personal use and home but you can look at commercial anti-virus software if you want a warranty.

Have an Active Backup Plan:

It is great to take strict preventive measures for Magento security but it is essential to have an active backup plan. It is the backup plan that can ensure continuity of the stores if for any reason, the website crashes or gets hacked.

Use secure FTP:

Guessing FTP passwords is one of the numbers of ways sites get hacked. It is recommended to use secure passwords and use FTP-SSL (Explicit AUTH TLS) or SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol) in order to prevent unauthorized access to the site.

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