Protecting Magento Store from Security Breaches

  • All digital retail websites often fell easy prey to hackers, because of the consumer personal and payment information which is needed to complete the purchase. Even if they are not sharing the information directly, a certain level of the reveal is there in the form of entering card or mobile numbers, this way their sensitive information is being compromised while encouraging the data and security breaches.

    Although the consumers can not resist revealing such information to the eCommerce websites. But, it is imperative to not offer a compromised website as it can pave the way to faulty and harmful consequences for both the retailers and consumers. The shoppers may suffer from data theft or some financial loss, whereas the merchants can damage their market reputation.

    The post outlines some of the best methods that one can adopt while aiming to protect the Magento store from prevailing security breaches or other malicious activities. Almost every Magento development agency keep a checklist handy when performing standard coding for the client’s project.

    Let us commence with the list of some powerful tricks that facilitates complete security protection for the Magento powered store:

    Choose a secure web hosting

    No wise developer will ever suggest you invest in cheap and unsafe web hosting for the Magento stores, because doing so can easily land you in a difficult situation of security vulnerabilities.

    Although no web hosting guarantees complete security from the hackers, by investing in a private and dedicated server for your Magento site, one can cut down on many common malicious activities.

    Protecting the server

    Whether you opt for custom Magento development or choosing the default mode of setting up things online, try to protect the server environment. Try to apply Magento security patches and keep the server software updated all the time. Some common practices to achieve a securer server include disabling FTP, using only SSH/HTTPS communication protocols (which are secure and reliable), unique & powerful passwords, and restricting everyone’s access to cron.php file.

    SQL protection

    An SQL injection is the most common security threat amongst popular eCommerce platforms such as Magento, etc. Not only Magento, but almost every web platform is vulnerable to SQL injections at one or another stage of time. Such attacks are the output of being open to malicious input on your Magento powered site. The best way to start with SQL protection is to look for the loophole, or hiring experts who can do the work for you. In case you hold a significant level of expertise, then you can audit the users, block the suspicious users, restore the database, and follow many other protection parameters on your own. Also, go out and look for a web application firewall that can safeguard against SQL injections.

    Miscellaneous techniques

    Apart from the above-mentioned tips, some additional techniques are necessary from the security aspects of a Magento store. A list of those miscellaneous techniques is given below:

    - consider bot prevention extensions

    - validate and sanitize both user input and output

    - automating the deployment process

    - two-factor authorization

    - a custom admin path

    - set low time limit to session expiration

    - and, more.

    When we think of securing a website from hackers, there are assorted ways of doing so. Therefore, it is advisable for retailers to first analyze the level of sensitivity incorporated with the websites, and then choose the appropriate solutions to curb malicious activities.

    All-in-all, the tricks, and techniques mentioned in this post are quite actionable and powerful in their results to fight against security breaches. In case of queries or concerns, contact me anytime and I would be happy to assist you.