Over a million developers have joined DZone.
{{announcement.body}}
{{announcement.title}}

Make Your Magento Website More Secure

DZone's Guide to

Make Your Magento Website More Secure

Since a lot of developers work in the e-commerce space, we thought we'd take a look at how to secure one of the more popular e-commerce platforms.

· Security Zone ·
Free Resource

Discover how to provide active runtime protection for your web applications from known and unknown vulnerabilities including Remote Code Execution Attacks.

Magento, as it stands currently, is the world’s most secure e-commerce platform. The recent rollout of Magento 2 has further eliminated security issues, making the platform more reliable than ever. But there is always room for more improvement as there is for exploiting loopholes. Cybercriminals are more sophisticated than ever before and, keeping that in mind, relying merely on the updates provided by Magento (which are regular and prompt) is a bit passive. There are ways you by which you can further secure your Magento based e-commerce stores, Magento android apps and Magento iOS apps in addition to the security features offered by Magento 2. Here we are sharing some of those handy and DIY ways for upcoming e-commerce merchants.

What’s New in Magento 2?

The following issues have been resolved with the release of Magento 2:

  • The resolution of the long-standing issue of cross-site scripting (XSS) through the accounts of the users.
  • Strengthening of encryption keys has been carried out.
  • Prevention of user data retrieval (private) by anonymous sources has been implemented.
  • While setting up the URL, the Admin will be unavailable to any unauthenticated user.
  • Prevention of XSS reflection.
  • Changing authorized consumers by other consumers has been prohibited.
  • Access to the  CMS API, Store or Catalog has been reconfigured to require higher clearance for anonymous users.

Including the above features, a total of 20 probable loopholes have been patched in the Magento 2 mobile app builder and other Magento 2 based tools.

And the following are the steps you can execute to make your Magento 2 e-commerce store a notch more secure.

Set a Strong Password and Admin Name

The most basic of the steps is to have a great password and an equally complementary admin name. The stronger the password the more secure your website’s sensitive details are. Particularly for Magento users, it is recommended to have a complex password and admin name combination. Using a combination of Special characters, Numerals, and alphanumeric characters (with uppercase lower case both) increases your password strength, which is measured in terms of information entropy. This would make your website more disheartening for hackers.

Create Your Admin URL Instead of Using the Default Option

For the same reasons as stated previously, it is highly recommended to have created your own personal admin URL since the default options are perhaps the most vulnerable. So you would lose not one but two lines of defense in that manner, but using a custom Admin URL halves the threat. It is extremely basic to implement it via app/code/etc/local.xml file.

<admin>
    <routers>
        <adminhtml>
            <args>
                <frontName><![CDATA[admin]]></frontName>
            </args>
        </adminhtml>
    </routers>
</admin>

[CDATA[admin]] is where you enter your custom admin URL.

Enable Two-Factor Authentication

Two-factor authentication provides an extra line of defense against a potential hack. In addition to needing the username and password for authentication it requisites one more detail that only the user possesses and has immediate access to, for instance, a one-time password (OTP) sent to the user’s mobile phone. The combination of this third detail with the username and password makes hacking a website using this feature an extremely tough nut to crack.

Find out how Waratek’s award-winning application security platform can improve the security of your new and legacy applications and platforms with no false positives, code changes or slowing your application.

Topics:
security ,two-factor authentication ,web application security

Opinions expressed by DZone contributors are their own.

{{ parent.title || parent.header.title}}

{{ parent.tldr }}

{{ parent.urlSource.name }}