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How To Secure Your Magento Website

How to Secure Your Magento Website

Today, we will show you how to secure your Magento website.

In a previous article, we answered the question – are Magento websites secure? – and the stats are unfavorable. As mentioned in the article “Magento is the most targeted online platform by hackers”. 

However, that doesn’t imply that you shouldn’t use Magento. In fact, the platform is still one of the best for eCommerce out there.

What you should do is to ensure that your website is secure and you can do that by following these tips:

How To Secure Your Magento Website

  • Install the latest versions 

From the stats, it was shown that Magento 2 websites are more secure than Magento 1 websites. Hence, if you want to secure your Magento website, you should be on the Magento 2 platform. 

Aside from that, Magento releases updates and patches from time to time. Always ensure that you install these updates and patches anytime they are out as most of the time, they are for a security or bug fix. From the patch notes, you can identify the new fixes. 

  • Change your admin URL

When you install Magento, a default admin URL for login is generated with your domain, similar to when you install WordPress. The thing here is that this admin URL is public and hackers know it. 

Once they identify your store URL, they simply add the domain affix and they open your admin login page. From there, they can experiment with random usernames and passwords and there’s no guarantee that they might not succeed. To avoid this from happening, edit your admin URL and change it to a unique one. 

  • Use a secure password 

The issue of a password is one of the basics when it comes to cybersecurity. “Make sure you use a very strong password” – This is said every time but unfortunately, not many people take it very seriously. 

For your Magento website to be secure, you need to use a very secure password. The best way to go about this is by using a password generator and you can then store the password somewhere so you don’t forget it. The best for that too is a password manager. 

  • Use 2-Factor Authentication 

2-Factor Authentication as you should know already adds an extra layer of security to your website. After putting in your password, it’ll require a code sent to your email or phone to login and that will surely give hackers a hard time as they can’t bypass it. 

Setting this up is easy with Magento as the 2FA is a built-in security function. You won’t be needing any third-party tool. Magento also features other authentication methods including CAPTCHA and reCAPTCHA. 

  • Use the Magento Scan Tool 

By scanning your website regularly, you’ll be able to discover vulnerabilities and fix them before the hackers discover them. Magento features a Security Scan Tool you can use for this. Alternatively, you can use a tool like Sucuri for website protection.

Bottom Line 

Cybersecurity is always important, whether you make use of the Magento platform or some other one. Hackers will stop at nothing to compromise any website they can and that could see you lose all your hard work and time. By following the tips discussed above, you can keep your Magento website safe. 

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