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Security optimization

Keeping your online store secure is key to its stable operation.

Technically, you can secure every single part of your Magento to the fullest extent. But, as a result, you can end with an unwieldy setup that would be next to impossible to manage. In handling online security issues we do our best to strike a balance between security and technical complexity. Which is to say that it's in an effort to boost online security you often end up creating an unwieldy and hard-to-manage and update technical setup. This is exactly what we want to avoid.

The cornerstone in the security of any online business is continuous monitoring. That lets you stay on top of everything that is going on 'under the hood' of your online store.

Below is the list of security issues we frequently deal with.

1. Incorrect Magento permissions setup

Configuring permissions in your Magento correctly is an absolute must, but quite often no easy task. If you set permissions incorrectly, you can compromise the overall security of your store. On the other hand, If you go too restrictive on them, there's a chance your Magento will work incorrectly.

Setting up proper permissions is a 'must' for any web store.

2. Modifications of core files

While working on your Magento instance, your developers should always think twice about modifying Magento core files. If you mess with those files, you will most likely have to install Magento security patches by hand, they simply won’t be installed automatically.

3. Not patching Magento in time

Even though Magento is one of the best e-commerce platforms out there, just like any technology, it's susceptible to malware targeted at the vulnerabilities in its code.

Getting back to security patches, as soon as you see an alert about a new Magento security patch release, we strongly recommend that you should install it right away. Intruders target known vulnerabilities. Patches easily plug those holes. So, wise up and do the needful!

4. Vulnerabilities in third-party extensions and applications

It's already common knowledge that any third-party application or extension you may be using can be vulnerable to malware and hackers' attacks. As a rule of thumb, you need to run the latest available version of any such application/extension.

Another thing we've learnt after conducting numerous system security audits is that there are plenty of redundant or simply useless applications. As a result, you get unwanted load on your system and the overall security of your system gets affected.

5. No SSL certificate

These days, an SSL-encrypted website is no longer a feat, but an absolute must. An SSL-encrypted website will give your customers peace of mind when sharing any sensitive personal and payment information with you.

However, configuring an SSL certificate on your own can be tricky. We are ready to give you a hand with that.

If your website is already protected by SSL, you need to be aware of the fact that some of the SSL encryption protocols may contain vulnerabilities and it's vital to fix them. Diagnostic tools such as SSL checkers review SSL configuration for safety, and in case anything suspicious is detected, system administrators should fix the problem.

6. High risk of brute-force attacks

In general, brute-force attacks are aimed at guessing login details and other sensitive info. In case of Magento, perpetrators are usually after login details to your backend from where they can retrieve a wealth of sensitive data, such as your customers’ personal details, credit card and other payment info, your sales data, etc.

Incorrect server configuration and no active monitoring and protection in place can make your Magento extremely susceptible to this type of attacks.

One of the fundamentals of getting your server properly protected is to monitor inbound connections to a specific range of ports 24/7, and then ban and blacklist the IP addresses this suspicious activity is coming from. Also, to mitigate the perils of such attacks, we strongly recommend running an up-to-date Anti-Virus Protection software at all times to check for malware and rootkits, an especially hazardous type of malicious software used by hackers.

7. No system backups

Last, but not least. All the measures listed above are effective, but they do not guarantee a 100% uptime. We recommend backing up your Magento on a regular basis. This can prove vital should your system ever go down. Luckily, this is a rare case, but better be safe than sorry, right?

Need a security audit? Contact us and we'll get back with a free estimate.

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