Magento is a platform made specifically for building ecommerce websites. Many of the world’s most famous ecommerce companies and brands, in general, are making use of Magento’s platform to make platforms for themselves. These websites are highly functional and hence need proper security provisions in place.
Any store, be it physical or electronic needs protection because where there is a financial transaction taking place, the thieves reach too. Therefore, it becomes necessary to focus on the security of the platform.
If you have an ecommerce store built on Magento’s platform then you need to make sure that your admin panel is safeguarded well. If a hacker even hacks into your account and is barred from reaching the admin panel then your essential details remain guarded. Therefore, it is utmost necessary to take certain important measures to ensure the security of the admin panel. The 8 important steps that you can follow to make certain that your admin panel is secure are as follows:
1) Admin username and password must be wisely chosen:
When you are choosing a username and password for any of your accounts, you make sure that the password is complex and the username is not too obvious. It becomes more important to do the same for the admin panel of your Magento ecommerce platform.
It is suggested that the passwords should always have an uppercase letter, a lowercase letter, a number and a special character. It is also recommended that the passwords should be changed regularly in order to make them untraceable.
The admin panel is like the safe of your house, once it is cracked, all your money will be out of your system. So it is better protected in time then regretting it later.
2) Magento password should be unique and kept safe:
Your account password is the most important aspect of your login details. You, therefore, need to assure that you don’t use your Magento password for any other account of yours. It should be exclusive to your Magento account so as to prevent the hackers from getting a hint about it.
Magento is in general a secure platform but if you are using the same password somewhere else then you’re making your Magento account vulnerable too. Also, you need to make sure that you don’t end up saving your password on your computer. Hackers are proficient enough that they can easily break into your account without many efforts. So, it would be your worst mistake to save such details in such obvious places.
3) Get a HTTPS/SSL connection:
HTTP isn’t a secure designation for your Magento ecommerce store and hence needs to be upgraded to the HTTPS version. This version means that the page URL is being protected by Secure Sockets Layer or SSL.
This layer safeguards your transactions and your interactions with your customers. The presence of this version also provides you with the credibility as the customers notice such details before they plan to shop with you. They also need to be sure that their payments are safe and their card details aren’t at risk.
4) Customer admin path must be set:
One should always be aware of the admin path that they set for reaching their admin panel. The default path that is given by Magento has a high probability of getting traced by the hackers. However, if you set a custom path then there are lower chances that the hacker will be able to take a guess about the same.
Also, until and unless you are using one backend to run multiple sites, it isn’t suggested that you use custom admin URL for your Magento store. This puts your website at a greater risk without any actual usefulness.
5) Security patches need to be upgraded:
Magento is a dynamic platform which keeps updating security patches for any recent security threats that might be harmful to the platform. These patches are available on the Magento to connect store and easily installable.
Although it is easy to implement these patches but still in case if you face any kind of problem then you can use the help provided by various forums to understand the working. Magento has an active community that makes it pretty simple to get in contact with a helpful person and solve your queries.
6) Backup is important:
It is very critical to continuously back up the files related to your store on a server. It is suggested that the server is different than the one on which your Magento website is based.
This adds up another layer in your security shield. It is highly recommended if you do not just one but multiple backups in different locations so as to be sure that at least at some place your website details will be safe even in case there is a security attack on your website.
7) Use two-factor authentication:
Two-factor authentication is highly recommended for logging in to the admin of your website. This means that other than the obvious password route there is in place another point of check that one has to cross to gain access to the admin panel.
One may use the One Time Password (OTP) method in which an OTP will be sent to your registered phone number each time someone tries to log in to the account. If the OTP isn’t entered then the access won’t be given to the concerned person.
8) Use the latest version of Magento:
Although the security patches are otherwise also released, updating to the latest version of Magento automatically updates these patches. Other than them, the updates also include essential things like new features, essential functionality upgrades etc.
These steps might help you in making your Magento admin panel more secure. Although nothing is a sure shot security measure you should be sure to imply all the techniques so at least the security bar can be raised. Prevention is better than cure and that is exactly what is assured by these small but vital steps.
Ronak Meghani is a co-founder of Magento IT Solution Pvt Ltd, an eCommerce Development Company in USA & India.