Stay cyber safe with a Magento upgrade

Cybersecurity is becoming more and more crucial and more and more complex. If you haven’t considered a Magento upgrade, it’s worth taking a look at the security it can offer your store.

eCommerce stores have to be hot on security from start to finish. It’s vital to protect your business, your software, and – most importantly – your customers. That’s because, as well as payment processing, shops that hold any kind of account details are portals of valuable information.

It’s common knowledge that malware and web-based attacks are two of the most costly for businesses. And attacks are on the increase, with increasingly clever ways to access personal information and data. In fact, ransomware attacks are increasing at an alarming rate of 350% each year and approximately 24,000 malicious mobile apps are blocked every day.

But we’re going to stop there, because there’s no need to go any further into the scary statistics of cyber security. While there’s no room to be complacent, it doesn’t do any good dwelling on the numbers and stressing about potential threats. The key is to be prepared, and always stay up to date.

You don’t need figures, you most likely need a software upgrade.

Staying safe in an online world is a bit like locking up your shop at the end of the day. You wouldn’t leave your door wide open, or the doors hanging off the hinges, if you wanted to arrive to a fully stocked shop the next day. Integrated software and additional apps can all help to lock-up-shop against unwanted intrusion. But what it really comes down, at the most basic level, is the quality of software. That’s why it’s good practice to have the latest version.

Why is everyone raving about the Magento upgrade to V2.3? Is it more than just an upgrade?  

Magento has always put security at the forefront of its priorities, offering out-of-the-box security options and built-in solutions that really put your mind at ease. The latest Magento upgrade stays true to this unswerving dedication, and makes it even easier to run a secure eCommerce site.

Here’s how:

Two-factor authentication

Say hello to a second security layer to keep your details as protected as possible. Stop potential threats from gaining access to your store and all of that precious information. Magento 2.3 asks users to enter a unique code, sent to their mobile number, to verify their identity. It’s rapid and effective. You know that even if someone manages to get hold of your store account password, there’s an additional barrier to entry. It’s double padlocked, if you will.

Prevent easy admin attacks

Admin pages can be easily accessed by hackers without the right protection. The two-step authentication is one level of protection, and Magento V2.3 also enables you to add a customized term to your admin page. Rather than a standard ‘/admin’ you can change it something that’s personal (or a bit more on-brand) simply by changing the admin path in the env.php file.

Google reCAPTCHA

You need eyes in the back of your head to spot suspicious activity. Magento 2.3 has extra eyes and ears scouting behind the scenes with built-in Google reCAPTCHA. Constantly on the look-out for bots, SPAM and malicious users, this tool means you can breathe easy. reCAPTCHA is Google’s free resource to keep you safe from harm’s way, and it’s been designed specifically to be easy for your customers. It encourages conversion with no unnecessary hurdles at payment. It’s state-of-the-art protection with low friction.

Cache-ing in on permissions

A Magento upgrade offers advanced caching options that put you in the driving seat. Magento 2.3 better helps you access and manage your own cache options. It not only supports faster page load time and prevent customers from submitting repeat information, but will keep you one step ahead of cache poisoning. That’s those difficult-to-spot URL rewrites that can cause undetected vulnerabilities for your site.

Secure cron

Cron is vital for streamlining and scheduling, and Magento 2.3 has made it more secure, so you can set it and relax. Secure cron is a feature designed to help keep your scheduled tasks, such as reindexing, generating emails, generating newsletters and sitemaps, safer using easy authentication. It also lets you enable more than one user to run cron by creating an authorized group. So, you can still make the most of multiple admin users and stay safe.

These are just some of the features Magento have built into their software to help keep you safe.

There are multiple options available to suit your business, your store and your customers. Click here to talk to the Magento experts at Orange Collar about a straight-forward Magento upgrade.

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