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Step Up Against Magento Credit Card Hack

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Step Up Against Magento Credit Card Hack

Credit card hacks and skimming has only grown as online transactions take precedence over offline. While most merchants and platforms are aware of this issue, they are often late to resolve the issue or do not set up a protective mechanism to protect their customers. It should also be noted that online skimming practices are much more effective and easily implemented by hackers than offline malpractices, either by using undecipherable code and the many levels behind which the hackers hide.

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How does this affect your Magento problem?

Delayed resolution of security patches on the Magento platform can often lead to compromises on credit card-based transactions, especially since many merchants using the platform delay the updates required. Frequent updates are often available on the platform to resolve such issues as soon as they are known, but it is the responsibility of the user to supervise and monitor their prompt installation. At the risk of leaving your software unprotected, hackers can quickly gain control by installing a JS wiretap software which collects payment data and forwards them to offshore collection servers, making it more difficult to trace their path and prosecute the offenders. You can follow these steps to enhance your Magento Security: https://www.getastra.com/blog/cms/magento-security/magento-security-guide/

Any user can be a prospective victim of credit card hacks on the Magento platform, doesn’t matter if you’re using the Enterprise Edition which hosts the biggest e-commerce stores and more data or the Community Edition. Often, stores do not take action even when they know that their platform is hacked. A Magento store can be attacked by three separate malware families with nine different variations, all hidden under the hacker’s prowess and generally too complicated to be understood by a layman. The JS code mentioned before was readable and easier to detect, a gift that doesn’t exist anymore – we’re talking multilayer obfuscation and confusing levels of randomness thrown in to prevent detection by simple static filtering.

How to check if you’ve been affected?

To check for potential attacks, refer to MageReport which evaluates the security status of your Magento platform and solutions to possible vulnerabilities. Hypernode’s Magento hosting specialists evaluate the performance of many platforms and protect their security. After this, contact your development agency to recover your storefront and enhance its safety.

What steps can you follow to prevent such attacks?

  1. Secure your login

Entry level security is the best initial layer of protection you can afford for your Magento platform. Use variations as much as possible to build security such as capital letters, special symbols and letters, numbers with at least eight characters. To change your password, go to ‘My Account’ under ‘System’.

  1. Customize your admin path

Another aspect you can verify and improve security for your Magento installation lies in the customization – change it into app/etc/local.xml file. For this, search for the line <![CDATA[admin]]> and change the phrase ‘admin’ to something unique.

  1. 2-step authentication process

Most platforms advocate this level of protection, from WordPress to Magento. Several Magento modules offer this provision of adding in the 2-factor authentication security level, which in addition to your login name and password, will also request for a one-time code that has a time limit of 30 seconds. Suggestions for such provisions include Extendware or Xtento Two-Factor authentication softwares.

  1. Encryption

While it is not the end-all measure to ensure security, an encrypted connection such as HTTPS/SSL secure URLs keep you safe to a certain degree. For implementing this, go to ‘System’, ‘Configurations’, ‘General’ and ‘Web’. Change ‘http’ to ‘https’ in base URL while enabling ‘Use Secure URLs’ feature for both frontend and backend.

  1. Firewalls, FTP, IP addresses

To prevent attacks like MySQL injections, use web firewalls and make sure you’re always using SFTP protocol and remember to not set file permissions to 777. Also, use your backend features to restrict access on the basis of IP addresses which can be quite a detailed procedure but worth the struggle.

  1. PHP functions and directory listings

Some PHP functions can be quite malicious so they must be disabled properly and replaced with more secure ones. Disable the feature of directory listing to protect the structure of your Magento installation; you can do this by adding ‘Options-Indexes’ to the ‘.htaccess’ file.

  1. Regular updates

Like always, monitoring and installing regular updates to fix any security vulnerabilities is crucial to protecting your Magento platform from all sorts of attacks, and not just credit card hacks. While you’re at it, make sure to regularly update your antivirus software as well.

While following these instructions, you can add a few general ones to the list such as keeping backups ready to protect your content from being permanently erased, ensure your email is strong with an adequate password, secure your browsers and protect the ‘local.xml’ file since it contains crucial data. Beyond this, having a firewall installed before your Magento-based site with constant monitoring is your most effective strategy to tackling credit card hacks on your Magento platform.

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