Hackers aren’t fussy. If there is a way to access your website, they will. Personal information and payment details are extremely attractive to hackers. Lack of security can compromise the integrity of your site.
However, there are steps you can take to prevent this from happening.
If your site is new or established, ensure it is has an SSL certificate and is running over HTTPS.
Don’t forget to consider the whole environment of your website. Key points to consider are:
- Make sure your server is secure and no unnecessary software is running
- Use only HTTPS
- Create unique passwords and update these regularly
- Install new security patches as soon as they are released
- Restrict admin access by IP address
- Automate the deployment process
- Avoid installing extensions directly on a production server
In addition to the above points, a firewall can analyse traffic and pick up on suspicious patterns. It acts as a ‘shield’ between your website and the web and filters the information, allowing it to pass through or be blocked. Sophisticated firewall systems monitor not only ingoing/outgoing traffic but will continuously update the list of known malware applications.
Although a firewall will help keep a website safe from unauthorised access, it cannot repair a system that has already been infected by malware. Be one step ahead and make sure you have a firewall installed, so you are not leaving yourself and your business open to cyber attacks. If the worst should occur and your system is compromised, the best thing to do is work with your hosting provider and developer to determine the scale of the attack and what impact this has on your business. Then remedy this by putting in place the following:
- Immediately block access to the site
- Back up the current site
- Determine what information was stolen during the attack
- Review server logs and file changes
- Re-install all files if possible from your own version control system or original files from Magento.com
- Apply up-to-date security patches
- Inform both payment processor (if payment information was compromised) and your customers (advising of the type of information affected)
Contact us today at Rival to find out more about how we can help make your business secure online!