Top 8 Security Tips for Magento 2

Top 8 Security Tips for Magento 2

E-commerce sites are always one of the top targets for hacker attacks. Just over a year ago, there was a massive wave of hacks in Magento stores, and a very large number of sellers suffered losses, both reputational and financial. According to the site, about 300 large Magento stores were hacked in a month in June last year. All this is due to the presence of a huge amount of information needed by cybercriminals — for example, personal data of store users, payment information, and so on. 

Hacked Magento Stores

Such large waves of burglaries are a real problem for both businessmen who own shops and ordinary buyers. Sellers lose customer confidence, incur losses, and may receive lawsuits in courts, while ordinary buyers lose their accumulated funds and do not receive the ordered goods.

In this article, we'll share 8 helpful tips on keeping your store and business safe from intruders. Let's get started.

  • Configure Security Scan Tool

Magento Security Scan Tool is a useful tool that can scan your site for various security vulnerabilities and monitor malware or unauthorized logins. This tool is completely free and has a fairly simple installation process. You can get acquainted in more detail with all the possibilities and the installation process using the official guide

  • Set a Unique Route to the Administrator Panel

You can often find a fairly standard route to the admin panel called "/ admin /". Using this route makes your admin panel very vulnerable to hacker attacks, so we advise you to change it. This guide shows in detail how to change the path to the admin panel.

  • ReCaptcha is a Must

ReCaptcha will help protect your store from attacks by bots. Starting from version Magento 2.3, an option for adding a captcha is built into the platform's functionality, and it can be added both to the storefront and to the admin panel. To add captcha, you need to go to the Stores section through the admin panel. Then, through the Security Settings, you can activate the captcha functionality.

Magento 2 ReCaptcha

  • Turn off Administrator Account Sharing

This security measure allows you to root out any unauthorized logins, because if one administrator is already online and other logs in, the first administrator will be disabled. But still, the ideal scenario would be if each administrator will have their own account. To disable the account sharing function, you can disable this function in the same admin panel through the additional administrator security settings.

Magento 2 Admin Account Sharing

  • Regular Password Changes

An additional layer of protection will be added by constantly changing passwords. So that you do not forget to regularly update passwords, in Magento options, you can set the password lifetime and you can choose either the system value that the platform offers you, or you can choose your own interval.

Magento 2 Password Change

  • Password Storage

Storing any important information simply on a computer is no longer the safest solution. For your business's safety, you need to stop storing passwords and other vital information, since one visit to a suspicious site and a Trojan sent to your computer instantly deprives you of all information and transfers it into the hands of an attacker. We advise you to use a variety of password managers such as Keeper, NordPass, or 1Password. They will keep your passwords in a safe place that only you will have access to.

  • Strong Password is Essential

It would seem a common truth, but every year experts surprise us with a selection of the easiest passwords, and "123456" is still the leader. You must ensure that your store is as secure as possible by creating a long and complex admin password. The recipe for an ideal password consists of 10-15 characters, including upper and lower case letters, numbers, and special characters (the less often a special character is used in everyday life, the better). A password with such content will be difficult to crack even with the latest software. But any password can be cracked, so don't forget the tip mentioned above about changing passwords frequently. To simplify this process, you can use various password generators such as Dashlane, LastPass, or KeePass.

  • Establish a Two-Factor Authentication

Two-factor authentication is a great way to wrap your login process into another layer of security. After all, our main task is to protect the admin panel from unauthorized entry as much as possible. The password can be stolen, and it is in these cases that two-factor authentication is the final line between an attacker and your business. We have previously described all the possible ways to set up two-factor authentication in our recent article and we strongly advise you to read it. 

Wrapping Up

We have considered the most basic and most reliable ways to protect your business from intruders' hands. We recommend that you adhere to each point, and then you can definitely be sure that your business and your customers will not suffer as a result of another wave of store burglaries. That's all for now. We hope you find this article interesting and useful. If you have any questions regarding Magento 2, do not hesitate and write to us and our Team of Magento 2 Developers, and they will advise you on all your questions.

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