Website security is a key part of any e-commerce store. Let’s explore how to set up WooCommerce security and make sure you’re protecting your online store.
Since the stakes are higher with e-commerce, you need to do everything you can to protect your customers’ data. Your ability to make money depends on customers trusting you. One misstep is all it takes to lose that trust, so you need to be proactive and set up solid WooCommerce security from the start. You can never be 100% secure, but you can minimize risk.
4 Ways to Ensure WooCommerce Security
Here are four basic ways you can protect your store and implement WooCommerce security.
1. WordPress Password Security
First and foremost, you need to have a strong WordPress password security strategy in place. A good password is long, random, and unique. If you can remember your password, it’s probably not strong enough.
- The strongest password is only as secure as you are. So don’t share your passwords. If you give that password to your employees, it’s no longer secure. Anyone who needs access to your site should have their own login. That way you can keep passwords separate and you can manage who has access.
- Your site is only as secure as your weakest password. It doesn’t matter if your password is super strong—if one team member is using “password,” your entire site is vulnerable.
A good password strategy is the first step to implementing WooCommerce security. To add an extra layer of security to your WordPress admin login, consider adding WordPress two-factor authentication.
2. WordPress Updates
One of the greatest vulnerabilities to WordPress is outdated versions of WordPress itself and any plugins and themes you have installed on your site. If you haven’t updated WordPress to the latest version, you’re asking for trouble.
It’s not just WordPress core that needs to be updated—you also need to keep your plugins and themes current and up to date. A recent study on WordPress security issues showed that 63% of WordPress vulnerabilities come from outdated plugins and themes. You also need to delete plugins you’re not using—simply uninstalling a plugin isn’t enough. (And don’t forget to run a WordPress backup before you update.)
Installing those updates is just one step in the WooCommerce security process. You also need to test everything to make sure the site is working correctly. Don’t just assume that because the homepage loads everything is fine. You need to test your checkout process after every update. Otherwise you risk losing sales. Gordon Seirup recommends having a thorough checklist of everything you need to test in his Proper Care & Feeding of Your WooCommerce Store webinar.
3. WordPress SSL
Another level of WooCommerce security is an SSL certificate. SSL stands for “secure socket layer,” and it creates an encrypted connection between your server and a user’s browser. You can tell when a site has SSL because the URL starts with https instead of just http.
SSL is required for many e-commerce sites as part of PCI compliance. However, if you’re using an off-site payment processor, such as Stripe or PayPal, they have SSL on their end and it may not be technically required for your site. But using SSL is still a good idea. It may not be technically required, but it’s highly recommended (it should be required).
Don’t just use SSL on your checkout pages. Make sure your entire site is using SSL. This matters because customers will see the difference. Google is now paying attention to SSL and in the Chrome browser they’re noting sites that don’t use https as non-secure.
“Non-secure” is not something you want customers thinking about your site.
4. WordPress Security Plugin
One of the challenges with WooCommerce security is feeling like you need to be an expert. There are a lot of technical things you can to strengthen your WooCommerce store, but you’ll often feel like you need to be a technical whiz kid to do it.
That’s where a WordPress security plugin, such as iThemes Security Pro, can be extremely helpful. iThemes Security can take care of a lot of the technical details for you, including:
- WordPress brute force protection
- Change WordPress salts salts and keys
- WordPress malware scan
- One-click WordPress security check
- And lots more
Protect Your Shop With WooCommerce Security
Security is hugely important for your sanity, but it’s also a proactive way to build customer trust in your brand. Security is one of those things we fool ourselves into thinking we don’t need—until something happens, and then we’ve done irreparable damage to our brand.
So make sure you protect your store with proper WooCommerce security.
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