How To Secure Your WooCommerce Store
Running an online business is a daunting proposition. There are so many things to take care of on the fly. It seems that you are spending all your time fixing bugs, adding products and advertising. Security remains a huge concern because of the rise of cybercrime.
Store Owners often see security as a secondary concern. They ignore the basic tenets of online security such as using weak passwords or compromising on security. Many owners assume that they will not become another statistic and that their store could do without basic security measures.
In this article, I will discuss some basic ideas about WooCommerce store.
Find a Good Host
The first step for better security for your WooCommerce store is the selection of the right host for the store. Although there are a number of hosting providers with a wide range of technology, I think you should opt for a hosting provider who takes responsibility. I strongly recommend Cloudways managed hosting platform for your store.
Keep Everything Updated
If you selected a good hosting platform, you should not worry too much about the updates. WordPress now offers automatic updates that cover all plugins as well.
However, you should not rely on the automatic updates that could take time to kick in. manually update all plugins as soon as an update is released. This applies particularly to WooCommerce plugin.
Use Security Plugin
WordPress Repository offers a wide selection of security focused plugins. Many people make the mistake of assuming that more is better. They often go overboard with the plugins and install two or more, thus creating serious conflicts and related issues. It is recommended that you should use only one of the following plugins:
Use Strong Passwords
Many stores get hacked because of weak password. In worst cases, store owners user weak passwords such as “abcd,” “Helloworld”or “myname”. Remember that alphanumeric sequences are considered weak passwords because a Brute Force Attack can easily break the username and password sequence of your website.
Here are some tips for creating strong and secure passwords.
• Use a minimum of 12 characters. The length of the password is an important factor in the strength of the password.
• Your password should include both uppercase and lowercase letters as well as numbers and symbols.
• The password should not have any connection to your personal or business details.
Limit Login Attempts
Multiple login attempts are the easiest way for hackers to gain access to your store. Thus, the first thing you should do is to limit the number of login attempts. WordPress provides the following plugins to get the job done:
WP limit login attempts
Secure FTP Accounts
Most eCommerce websites utilize FTP accounts to upload large pieces of data. It is important that nobody except the store admin should have access to these accounts.
Use a Better Username
Usernames are often the weak links in the security chain of the store. Use a strong username that is not your name or “admin”. Use the guidelines for strong passwords for creating a strong username.
Always Maintain Multiple Backups
Backups are the most important security precaution that store owners ignore. The result is a greater disaster than the store being hacked. There is no way of restoring the databases and front-end elements of the store.
If you have opted for Cloudways, you are in safe hands because of automated backups that comes free with the platform.
For other platforms, I recommend UpdraftPlus, plugin that handle backups without hassle.
Add SSL Certificates
Adding SSL certificate to your WooCommerce store is essential, particularly at the checkout and account login and creation pages. SSL protection depends on hosting provider.
On Cloudways, you can quickly add an SSL certificate to your WooCommerce store without any hassle.
I hope you have no issues in implementing these simple security measures at your WooCommerce store. If you have any query or suggestion about this tutorial, you can leave a comment below!
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