How to keep your Magento Store safe and secure

You are presently running your business through a Magento ecommerce store. Since your website is in the public domain it cannot escape being subject to malicious attacks. However, by taking adequate precautions you can prevent or limit damage to your Magento eCommerce store. We take a look at ways to keep your online store both safe and secure.

Update to the latest version of Magento

It may cost you some money, time and effort to upgrade to the latest version of Magento. However, it’s absolutely worth it. The latest version will have fixed the various security vulnerabilities of the older version.

Train your Employees

Employees should be discouraged to send sensitive data through personal emails or chat as these communication modes don’t have high level of security. The former should be imparted suitable training to keep vital data safe.

Choose a strong and complex password

Do not use an easy to guess the password. Also, don’t use passwords on the Magento store that you use on other sites. The password should be long and be a mixture of numerals, alphabets in both lower and upper cases as well as special characters. Never reuse old passwords and disable logins in case of multiple unsuccessful attempts by any user. This will prevent brute force attacks. Finally change the password regularly.

Take regular backups

Sometimes even the most secure sites are hacked. If you make it a practice to take regular backups of data the site may lose little or no data. However, make sure you store backups on a different server than your Magento site or on an external USB hard drive.

Have two-factor authentication

In today’s world, one layer of protection is not enough. There are Magento extensions available that provide two-factor authentication. Install them as soon as possible to make your site more secure.

Quality anti-virus software

Make sure the location where your site is stored has a reliable and state-of-the-art anti-virus software. This will prevent viruses and malware from infecting your store.

Employ only trusted Magento extensions

Your store is only secure as the weakest component in it. Make sure your Magento extensions are free of vulnerabilities and upgraded when new versions of the extensions are released in the market.

Other useful security strategies include using secure FTP, always using an encrypted connection, scanning your Magento site regularly, requesting the large Magento community for help and more.