How To Improve WooCommerce Security

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WooCommerce holds more 20% of the eCommerce market shares now. The more rapid growth in the number of businesses are using WooCommerce, the more attention you have to on the security problems. All the information about your clients, transactions, profit is on your Woocommerce site. However, security seems not to be the first of website owners’ priority,  especially on the part of new store owners. They always say that why someone wants to attack such low traffic websites like their stores.

Life is about not knowing. You should hope for the best and prepare for the worst. A statistic of WP WhiteSecurity at the end of 2014 revealed a shocking fact that “73.2% of the most popular WordPress installations are vulnerable to vulnerabilities which can be detected using free automated tools”. That means with only automated tools in a few of minutes, malicious attackers can discover vulnerabilities of a WordPress installation and exploit them. So your WooCommerce site can be the specified of any hacker. What would it be like if hackers can go and use your server to spam emails or even worse steal your data? There are many different ways for hackers to damage your Website. If speak of security in WooCommerce, these are common forms of vulnerabilities.

WooCommerce Vulnerabilities
Realizing common form vulnerabilities to improve WooCommerce Security well.

1. Find a host with security features

Choose the best hosting for WooCommerce Security
Choose the best hosting for your WooCommerce Security

Over 40% of hacking attempts caused by the vulnerability on a hosting platform so finding a host with security features is the first line to keep your WooCommerce site out hackers. There are many online hosting providers so it is a bit difficult to choose the best one for you. Here are some criteria to choose:

  • The host providers’ reputation and review.
  • Quality support.
  • Having malware scanning and intrusive file detection.
  • Having abilities to isolate and prevent infection spreading.

If you choose a shared hosting plan, I recommend that you should change into a private server such as VPS (Virtual Private Server) to protect your site better from spreading of malicious code. 

2. Keep everything well updated

Keep everything well updated
Keep everything well updated

How many times has the sentence “Update or remind me later” showed off on your computer screen, announcing you to update your software?  You choose “remind me later” and don’t know that you are putting yourself as well as your customers at risk. Each new release is the complete version than the previous one. Known exploits exist in the previous version is patched.

So updates keep you safe from known security holes.  WordPress occasionally releases major versions every four months. Ignoring them, your system may open to comprise making your WooCommerce vulnerable.

You can install an automatic update for WooCommerce plugin and WooCommerce Themes.

3. Use super strong passwords

Use super strong passwords
Use super strong passwords

Many people can say that it is such a superfluous advice. But how many guys are making this mistake? A strong password, according to traditional opinion, needs to follow something below:

  •  At least 12 characters.
    The length of a password is one of the primary importance to decide how strong it is.  So you need to choose a password that is long enough.
  • Your password should include both capital and lowercase letters as well as numbers and symbols.
  • Have no connection to you, such as your birthday, your address, ID and so on because using simple passwords is an opportunity for Brute Force Attack to discover.

Moreover, one of the best solutions to create a strong password for WooCommerce is to use valid password managers. Their responsibilities are to generate super strong passwords and store them in a secure database format. You will never have to worry about choosing a strong and unique password and get in trouble remembering them again and again.  You can use Strong Password Generator,Passwords Generator, or Norton Password Generator to help you.

4. Two-Way Authentication Process

Two-Way-Authentication-for-WooCommerce-Security
Double protection for your WooCommerce

Two-Way Authentication or 2FA adds another step to your login process. As soon as you install Two-Way Authentication, you will be prompted a code each time you log in your WordPress site, besides your username and password. If you don’t use 2FA, the procedure simply includes username and password – two only things to secure your account. Therefore, adding another layer of protection may make your account safer. There are many plugins that offer Two-Way Authentication for you to choose.

5. Limit login attempts

WordPress allows users to enter their passwords as many times as they want. This is a good opportunity for hackers to try different combinations until your site cracks. In order to prevent the above-described scenarios, you need to limit the number of failed login attempts per user. You can use these below plugins.

They will help you lock a user if he entered the wrong password more than specified time depending on your setting.

6. Secure your FTP Directories

Secure-Directories
Secure your FTP directories

FTP account is a tool to support you in managing your sites and directories. So you need to ensure that it the only you who can make changes to your directories. Once  attackers take control of your FTP, they can spread malicious files that ruin your site.

7. Use different username rather than “admin”

Username
Don’t use admin as your username

Using default and popular username “Admin” will decrease the level of your WooCommerce Security. You should choose a username that is hard for hackers to guess and has more than 8 characters. If you are using “Admin” as your username, let’s create a new username to stay on a safe side.

8. Disable edit files via the Dashboard define

You know that WordPress is an open source website. It allows you to go to Appearance->Editor and edit any themes, including WooCommerce themes right in the Dashboard. This feature can give hackers a chance to edit your website files or execute malicious code. You should disable edit files via the Dashboard in advice by adding this code in your website wp-config.php file:

define( ‘DISALLOW_FILE_EDIT’, true );

9. Have a Backup and Recovery Plan

Backup-data
Remember to backup your data

You never can tell that what will happen to you tomorrow. Similarly, there is no guarantee that your website never becomes specified target of hackers. Your security system, be it ever so good, still, exists loopholes. Therefore, backing up your website frequently is very important.

Most hosting companies provide daily backups for your website. However, if the host data center is ruined, both your main website and internal backups may lose. Therefore, you also need to backup external too. You can install plugins like BackwpUP (absolutely free)  to help you automatic backup every day.

Conclusion

I hope this article helped you learn the basic things of WooCommerce Security and how to improve it. Please let me know what difficulties you are facing on Security problems, we will discuss together and find the best solutions.

Read More: Best security plugins for your WooCommerce Sites

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Alice Nguyen is a copywriter at WooBeginner - an encyclopedia of WooCommerce tutorial. She always believes a quote of Martin Luther King JR that "If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way."

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