Ramesh BhudiaEcommerce Specialist
Securing your Magento 2 website is paramount to safeguarding sensitive information. Let’s dive into comprehensive measures to fortify your eCommerce fortress.
1. Stay Updated
Regularly update Magento to benefit from the latest security enhancements. Check your version’s support status, conveniently displayed at the bottom right of your Admin Panel. Magento releases security patches for supported versions, ensuring protection against evolving threats.
2. Principle of Least Privilege
Adopt the principle of least privilege by limiting user access to essential tasks. In your Admin Panel, navigate to System > Permissions > User Roles to set role-based access. Then, assign roles to users in System > Permissions > All Users. This mitigates potential damage from accidental misconfigurations or malicious intent.
3. Change Admin URL
Enhance security by customizing your Admin URL. In Stores > Settings > Configuration > Advanced > Admin > Admin Base URL, set a unique URL. This minimizes the risk of brute force attacks, as default URLs are well-known and easily targeted.
4. Admin IP Restriction
Control Admin Portal access by restricting it to approved IP addresses. Discuss potential challenges with remote work or dynamic IP addresses with your agency or hosting provider to strike a balance between security and accessibility.
5. Password & 2FA
Prioritize strong password practices, including at least 12 characters with a combination of uppercase, lowercase, numbers, and special characters. Utilize password generator tools like LastPass for added security. While Magento no longer provides an inbuilt 2 Factor Authentication Module, consider installing a separate one for an additional layer of protection.
6. Minimise Extensions
Extensions, while beneficial, can pose security risks. Keep only essential extensions to reduce the attack surface, making it easier to manage updates and patches. Refer to a detailed guide on extensions for more insights.
7. 3rd Party Access
Grant access to 3rd parties selectively and promptly revoke it after tasks are completed. Forgotten access can be a potential vulnerability. Stay vigilant to manage access effectively.
8. Retain Logs and Backups
Prepare for the worst-case scenario by retaining logs and creating backups. Collaborate with your agency or hosting provider to establish an effective backup strategy, potentially leveraging hosting providers that offer backup services.
9. Managed Servers
Ensure server security, a critical aspect of overall website protection. Regularly update servers with the latest versions, ideally managed by your hosting provider. Engage someone proficient in server management to oversee this crucial aspect.
10. Firewall Protection
Invest in a robust firewall to control access and defend against unauthorised entry. A firewall acts as a gatekeeper, determining who gets through and adding an extra layer of protection to your site.
Signs of a Hack
Watch for signs such as unexpected behavior, slow performance, unexplained errors, frequent crashes, new and unauthorized users, unfamiliar content, unexpected redirects, and suspicious scripts or code. Customer complaints about suspicious emails or unauthorized transactions may also indicate a security breach.
As the merchant, you are ultimately responsible for your store’s security. Stay actively involved, even with trusted developers and agencies. Regularly assess and audit your Website Security Protocol to maintain a proactive stance against potential threats.
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