How to secure Magento 2 online stores
Technological crime is arising as a downside of technology advancement. Blackhat hackers can brutally attack websites which own valuable information. They can either destroy the data or commit a fraud. These break-in attempts are unpredictable and harmful to e-commerce business . None of existing E-commerce interface is 100% secured including Magento. On the contrary, Magento stores may become ideal prey for hackers as mid-sized and big enterprises are often built on this platform. And, multiple failed login attempts can be the very first sign for this crime..
How to provide better protection
Although default Magento 2 already provides a basic warning system for store owners whenever a break-in attempt is detected, this system is inadequate and vulnerable to brutal attacks. Store admins can be put in a passive situation and not be able to deal with this security issue. To tighten the security for the login process to Magento 2-based online stores, Magento 2 Security extension is developed by Mageplaza. For the purpose of preventing unauthorized accesses from hackers, a warning system is provided with the Blacklist/Whitelist filter, Warning email system and Login report. Hence, this module gives store owners peace of mind.
Magento 2 Security Highlight Features
You’d better be aware rather than be pity, it’s essential that you should be notified as soon as possible when you’re being attacked by consecutive failed logins in the backend. Security extension for Magento 2 would like to supply a precautionary module that can wake your alert up immediately. Right after a login from a forbidden IP or excessive failed break-in attempts are found, login actions will be cautioned, outlined, put in the alert email and sent to store admins/owners.
Wishing to contribute to the Magento community’s safety, some advanced functions available in this free version can be listed below.
To broaden your control ability, a list of security checking will be given account of store’s related security points generally. Some criterias are Username, CAPTCHA test, Magento version, database prefix, etc
In the Professional edition, store owner can be advised particular guidances how to fix it thoroughly. Everything won’t be a time-consuming tasks when comes to security issue.
Failed Logins Restriction
If a person attempts to log into an account multiple times but not succeed because of entering wrong passwords/usernames, it may not a simple mistake. These login attempts aren’t perceived to come from store admins and they are harmful to the store.
To prevent this issue, a warning system is applied. First, the system will count the number of failed logins, if this number reaches the maximum, a warning letter will be sent to store owners/admins every 5 minutes until no failed break-in attempts are found.
The 5 latest logins will be recorded automatically and presented on the Dashboard. Conveniently, everytime you enter the backend, you can check and keep track if there are suspicious logins.
To view more than 5 latest login attempts at the Dashboard, you can go to
Login Log and view details of the past logins, such as Login Information (login time, IP, URL and Referral URL Status), Browser Information (browser version, platform,..) By clicking on a name of a login attempt, you will be redirected to its detail login information in the Login Log as well.
Automatic alert emails
When there are many doubtful attempts coming to your store at any time, an automated e-letter flow will print out a report and send it to you and your colleague mail addresses.
To protect against brute force attacks, blocking/allowing IP address(es) is commonly use to manage access permission from a personal computer, or even a particular area. The extension will quickly capture disruptive IPs and handle it to you in the nick of time.
The collections of forbidden IP addresses and authorized IP addresses are called Blacklist and Whitelist, respectively. IP addresses can be restricted in a single IP, multiple IPs, a range of IPs or multiple ranges of IPs.
Activities of each admin will be recorded and save into logs, such as login, save, delete, flush, etc This feature is not only enhance the guarding process, but also help you keep track the management from your team carefully.
Furthermore, you can explore more interesting functions in this below list.
Full feature list
- Able to enable/disable Security module
- Automatic warning email
- Restrict the number of failed login attempts
- Restrict the time session of failed login attempts
- Default settings for failed login attempts and allowed duration
- Blacklist(s) IP to block IP address(es)
- Whitelist(s) IP to allow IP address(es)
- Able to apply actions to an IP, multiple IPs or range of IP address.
- Login logs with login detail (ID, Time, User name, IP, Browser Agent, Url and Status)
- The most 5 recent logins at the Dashboard
- Security checklist
- The last time login of a particular admin.
- Action log details
- File changed reports