WooCommerce sites certainly have unique needs in terms of web security, and as e-commerce increases worldwide, so does the risk of fraud and security breaches.
Online security really is a basic requirement, just like the health inspection rating of a restaurant, and any issues that arise in your online store can undermine your web visitor’s trust.
While there is no 100% guarantee when it comes to security, you can protect your visitors and business by implementing these key protocols.
1. Implementing Server-Level Security Measures
When it comes to website security, your hosting server is the first line of defense. Even if you have the best security plugins and measures on your WordPress site, a breach on the hosting level will make those tools useless.
When evaluating hosting options, consider that a more dedicated environment means that there is less risk of another site on the server compromising yours. Be very careful placing a WooCommerce site on a budget, shared hosting environment with minimal security.
Look for quality WordPress hosting options where there are security measures on the server-level, such as disk write protections and limitations. Disk write protection means that the hosting server limits the processes that can write to disk, making it harder for a hacker to exploit a theme or plugin vulnerability. In a similar way, disk write limitations mean that any attempts to write to the disk are logged, which can help with spotting malicious activity.
While an SSL certificate is now a best practice for all sites, it’s a requirement for WooCommerce sites for PCI security standards. So, make sure to configure (and renew) your SSL certificate with the hosting company.
Lastly, your hosting server and website should be regularly updated to the latest PHP version. Older versions of PHP often have security vulnerabilities that are no longer patched. Just as you upgrade WordPress and your plugins, your website and server should be running the latest PHP for both security and performance. WordPress has started to encourage website owners to stay on top of these updates by notating outdated PHP versions in the WordPress Site Health check.
2. Staying on Top of Plugin & Security Updates
Performing regular plugin updates and staying on top of the WordPress core releases is one of the most important security steps. A common source of infection for hacked sites is a vulnerability in an outdated plugin or theme. In 2019, Sucuri reported that 56% of hacked sites were outdated at the time of infection.
For WooCommerce sites, it’s critical to stay on top of the latest updates for WooCommerce as these often include security patches and maintenance fixes. For example,
This article was written by Kyla and originally published on WPExplorer.