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WooCommerce & Protecting Yourself from Hackers

Posted by Jamison on 07 06 2016.

Most people who set up new WooCommerce stores feel really excited during the process. So excited in fact, that they tend to miss the small, yet crucial details. Because they want to launch their store as quickly as possible, they end up thinking that they can just go back and fix problems afterwards.

 

This is the kind of thinking you should avoid, especially since the security of your store is at stake. In fact, security is not something you should treat lightly. When you overlook this critical factor, you can expect more problems. Worse, unscrupulous individuals can take advantage of your vulnerability and use it to gain unauthorized access into your store.

 

And while WooCommerce and WordPress boast of outstanding safety and security features, there are still several things that you, as a store owner, can do to further enhance them. You should always look into the possibility of a worst case…

Most people who set up new WooCommerce stores feel really excited during the process. So excited in fact, that they tend to miss the small, yet crucial details. Because they want to launch their store as quickly as possible, they end up thinking that they can just go back and fix problems afterwards.

 

This is the kind of thinking you should avoid, especially since the security of your store is at stake. In fact, security is not something you should treat lightly. When you overlook this critical factor, you can expect more problems. Worse, unscrupulous individuals can take advantage of your vulnerability and use it to gain unauthorized access into your store.

 

And while WooCommerce and WordPress boast of outstanding safety and security features, there are still several things that you, as a store owner, can do to further enhance them. You should always look into the possibility of a worst case scenario, so you can better prepare. Here are some of the most important things you should do to prevent these unfortunate incidents.

 

Find a host with a stellar reputation.

 

Although you are responsible to keep your store safe from hackers, this does not mean you should carry the burden alone.

 

Your choice in a web hosting service provider has a great impact on your store’s overall security. You should not just choose any host. The last thing you want is to place your pride and joy – not to mention your source of income – in the hands of a firm with sloppy security measures.

 

Some of the most important features to look for in a web host include the following:

 

  • Monitoring, tracking, and preventing attacks.
  • Regular rolling out of reviews and patches, especially those concerned with security threats such as plugin exploits and bugs with WordPress.
  • Use of the latest PHP versions to ensure server software is always updated.
  • Features designed to isolate and prevent virus, malware, and other infections.

 

When reviewing your prospective hosts, make sure you check for a specific page in their site tackling the subject of security. A highly reliable web hosting company understands how important this is to their customers, so they easily and gladly display all necessary info on their websites.

 

Have all your accounts 2FA-enabled.

 

You should never underestimate the power of a strong password. However, it pays to combine this with several other security-increasing measures, such as enabling the two-factor authentication feature.

 

Two-factor authentication, or 2FA, safeguards online accounts and protects them against attackers and intruders. It depends on a secondary validation – usually smartphones – to verify that the person trying to access the account is really the owner.

 

For better protection, activate 2FA on all of the accounts you have. Through this security measure, unauthorized intruders will have no way of physically validating your logins.

 

Enabling 2FA on all your accounts will take a little more effort and time, and will add increase the time you need whenever you log in. However, this increased time easily outweighs the potential risks of having your sensitive data stolen and used for illicit activities.