A recent study by a leading research group found that in the Alexa Top One Million websites, 12,708 e-commerce websites are underpinned by Magento. Considering that there are a total of about 467 technologies in the world that enable the development of e-commerce stores, the aforementioned translates into a market share of 14.31 percent for Magento! So, it is clear to see that this particular framework is a highly appreciated one in the ecosystem, and those who are even vaguely acquainted with Magento would tell you that its popularity is not surprising at all.
And sure enough, it is a terrific resource — empowering businesses across the globe with a world of productive functionalities. But the fact that it is so sought after makes Magento especially susceptible to attacks from hackers. The platform is offered with a lot of security-related features as well; in fact, it is an inherent part of the package. Unfortunately, hackers can often get creative when they target business, and there’s only so much the platform can protect one’s business against hacking attempts. Thus, the best thing to do is to make sure that you follow industry best practices, for this will help make sure that you can protect your e-commerce platform as well as the wealth of data it beholds in the best possible manner. And to make it a little easier for you, we put together a list of some of the essential security-related tips for your Magento e-commerce store.
Two-factor authentication: Instead of depending on only one password to pretty much protect your entire business, it is vital that you make use of two-factor authentication (2FA) to enhance the Magento website’s safety. The platform itself offers 2FA capabilities that can be used to make sure that only assigned people and those with the proper authority can access the backend of your Magento store. And the best part is that there exist several other such Magento extensions that offer 2FA, which means store owners can rest a little relaxed about the store’s security.
Encrypted SSL connections are essential: Any company operating an e-commerce business must make sure that the data sent by the website is secure, which can be achieved employing SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encryption for the connection. You see, an unencrypted connection means data, including login credentials, bank account data, and more, can be easily stolen.
Use a strong password: This one may seem obvious, but it is so important that it finds mention on this list. And then there’s also the fact that an unbelievable number of people end up ignoring this aspect. The point is that while you are creating a password for the store’s Admin, make sure that it is at least ten characters long, includes both special characters as well as numbers, and uses alphabets in capital and lowercase.
Magento website development, when done following best practices such as the ones mentioned above, can enable a business to grow at an unprecedented rate and that too without a hitch.