Magento 2 Security is now firmly at the heart of ecommerce
The security advantages of Magento v.2 are making the migration away from Magento v.1 increasingly necessary. Security is now firmly at the heart of the ecommerce industry. Including the protection of customer transactions to prevent fraud or securing stored personal data in line GDPR and best practices, retailer have much to consider. Magento v.2 is a platform with a variety of robust security features that offer a wide range of benefits for online retailers. Improved security features that can be implemented in Magento v.2 include:
Enhanced password management
Passwords are the most common line of defence when it comes to cybersecurity and also are the most vulnerable and easiest to defeat. With this in mind, Magento has strengthened the hashing algorithms, SHA-256, in its password management. This has secured users and site administrators to a great extent.
Prevention of cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks
Flexible file system ownership and permissions
To help prevent issues related to unauthorised people or processes potentially causing harm to your Magento store, certain files and directories can be kept read-only in a production environment and writable in a development environment.
Prevention of click jacking exploits
Magento 2 also safeguards your store from clickjacking attacks by using an X- Frame-Options HTTP request header.
Use of non-default Magento Admin URL
A simple Magento Admin URL (like admin or backend) makes it easier to target attacks on specific locations using automated password guessing. To prevent your store from such attack, Magento by default creates a random Admin URL when installed. This can also be personalised for further protection.
Update to the Latest Version of Magento 2
The best way to ward off any sort of e-commerce frauds is to keep your Magento site up-to-date. Make sure that you update your Magento 2 to the latest version to avoid any security lapses. Every Magento update improves security through patches and killing known vulnerabilities.
Regular Security Patches
Patches and version upgrades are regularly released by Magento to address vulnerabilities found in the platform. Upgrading your Magento store to the most recent version, along with applying all security patches, helps in keeping your site secure from reported vulnerabilities and those looking out to exploit them.
Two-step verification protects your account by requiring additional verification from the user when signing in to the Admin Panel. In this process, after signing in to the account, a security code is sent to the Admin’s mobile number or email address, which the user has to verify in order to access the Admin panel. It works as an additional security layer, which makes it difficult for the attackers to cause any harm to your Magento v.2 website.
Limit Admin Access
To ensure nobody accesses your Admin panel from anywhere else, you should simply limit your store Admin access on your IP Address. This IP restriction leaves a lot of hackers scratching their head when they try to access your Magento v.2 store, thereby enhancing the security.
SSL (Secure Socket Layer) secures a website by establishing an encrypted link between a web server and the browser. All the data that passes through this link remains private. SSL is especially important for all websites that deal with online transactions. Hence, adding HTTPs to your Magneto v.2 store helps protect the private information of your users, such as login credentials, credit card information, and other sensitive data.
Enabling CAPTCHA on forms prevents hackers, attackers and even bots from spamming your Magento v.2 store.