11 Best Practices To Secure Your WooCommerce Store
If you are a WooCommerce store owner, here are the most crucial WooCommerce security tips on which you should focus right now.
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WooCommerce security is an important topic which every WooCommerce store owner must know. If your WooCommerce store is not secured, you spend a lot of time-wasting on fixing the bugs and facing the risk of your website’s revenue being stolen (through phishing).
23% of the worldwide online stores are built on the WooCommerce platform as of 2021. Since the market share of WooCommerce is enormous, the threat of WooCommerce stores being hacked is also high. So, to keep your websites highly secured, we have listed some of the best security measures to follow.
Best Ways To Secure Your WooCommerce Store
Update Themes and Plugins Regularly
WordPress gets frequently updated regularly. It also fixes the security issues on the core version of WordPress. For example, if you are on WordPress version 4.7 and a new version is released, 5.0, it is not mandatory to update it to the latest version. However, we recommend updating the core version to the latest one (like from 4.7 to 4.7.2), where the last digit of the version represents a security patch.
Install Security Plugins
There are many free security plugins available in the WordPress plugin database. You can opt for any popular security plugins and use the default security options to secure your WooCommerce site from being hacked. Most of the time, the free version of the security plugin does the job. But if you have a store with a vast customer database, it is recommended to opt for a premium version of the security plugin.
Some of the best security plugins are:
- iThemes Security
- All in One WP Security and Firewall
Use Strong Passwords
Having a weak password setup for your WooCommerce store makes it easy for hackers to break into your website. Never keep passwords that the hackers can easily guess (like password,password123, your name, etc.).
Make sure to have a password with a combination of alphabets, numeric, and special characters. It makes it difficult for hackers to guess your store password.
Avoid Username “Admin”
Like passwords, even the username of the store should not be easily guessable. Try avoiding usernames like admin, admin123, etc. If possible, try to have a long admin user name (8-16 characters) and unique.
You can create new admin roles on your store by navigating to user → Add a new user. Once you create a new profile, assign an admin role to it and delete the old admin profile.
Use a Secure Hosting Server
When you are hosting your WooCommerce store, check if your hosting provider having server-level security enabled. If not, try to protect your hosting with the help of firewalls and a potent combination of SSH usernames and passwords. Also, ensure if the hosting provider gives you access to SFTP and SSH so that all the communication between your store and the server remains encrypted. There are many reputed hosting services available that are providing specialized hosting for woocommerce with high-security measures.
Implement SSL Certificates
SSL certificates are essential to gain the trust of the customers. Primarily, it is needed on pages like account creation, login, and checkout pages. Since sensitive information is transferred from user to server, it is crucial to have this data encrypted through the SSL certificate.
A few hosting companies provide SSL certificates by default, whereas you need to purchase an SSL certificate from other hosting providers. Once the SSL certificate is added to your domain, navigate to Woocommerce settings and select the “Force secure checkout” option.
Take Regular Backups
Taking regular backups of your website helps restore the data quickly when your website gets crashed. With the help of backup plugins available on the WordPress database, you can automate the backups of your website.
Unless you have a massive database to backup, it is not recommended to opt for premium plugins.
Some of the best backup plugins are:
- All In One Wp Migration
- Updraft Plus
Disable File Editing From Admin
You can disable the editing access through your CPanel so that nobody can gain access to your website admin and edit the files. To disable the editing access of files, add the following code in your wp-config.php file:
define( ‘DISALLOW_FILE_EDIT’, true );
Set Login Attempt Limitation
As discussed above, there are many free security plugins available for WordPress. Most of these plugins have the feature of limiting the login attempts on your WooCommerce store.
With the increasing number of brute force attacks, limiting the login attempts comes in handy, as it blocks the attackers from gaining control of your website’s admin panel.
Disable Trackbacks and Pingbacks
Though this is not of the highest priority, you can disable the pingbacks and trackbacks of your WooCommerce store by simply placing a piece of code. It helps in reducing the DDoS attacks on your website and also the spam comments.
Change Default Database Table Prefix
Using a secure MySQL database and password is as important as securing your WordPress admin credentials. It is recommended to change the default wp_ data prefix to anything of your choice. You can do that manually by editing your wp-config.php file.
Find the line
$table_prefix = ‘wp_’ and replace it with any prefix to make the database more secure. Now, save this file and upload it to the root of your WP installation.
The other way to edit the code is by accessing the SQL Query. Every CPanel has access to the MySQL Manager. Click on it and edit the
wp_ prefix in the SQL table.
If you find it too difficult to edit the prefix through the above two methods, try installing the plugin “change table prefix” and edit the table with a single click.
Implement the tips mentioned above right away, and secure your WooCommerce store from hackers.
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