Easy-to-use, scalable and flexible are a few reasons why OpenCart is absolutely loved by its users. The same reasons often attracts hackers too. Whenever a hacker has the luxury to understand how a framework works he can always reverse engineer the code to exploit it. As an E-Commerce shop owner, security should be your top concern. All the energy gone into marketing, SEO and development can go down the drain with one simple hack. Presenting the top security measures which every shop owner should take.

Here’s 4 Step Approach to OpenCart Security:

  1. Delete installation folder: As soon as you install OpenCart, make sure you delete the installation folder. Hackers make bots that simply ping every website to check if the administrator has left /install folder there.
  2. Get SSL: To provide a secure experience to your website users get SSL certificate. This will lead to encryption of data communication between your users and website. You users will see a lock symbol next to your website in the URL bar. This leads to instant trust establishment amongst users. Setting up SSL is easy and you can do it with minimum IT help.SSL_OpenCart_ASTRA_Security
  3. Hackers love admin page: The first area of the website a hacker heads to while attempting to hack it is the administrator panel. It is the favorite area of a hacker as he can try SQL injection there and even gets to see the OpenCart version. Once he knows the opencart version being used its easier for him to find known exploits for that version. Its good to set password protect admin directory or change the URL of admin directory altogether.
    OpenCart’s admin panel exposing version. Newer versions do not do this.
  4. Use a Web Application Firewall: Hackers and bots are always on a lookout to exploit vulnerable e-commerce portals. Various plugins are known to have security issues which make your OpenCart shop even more vulnerable. A web application firewall here could protect against vulnerabilities like above. ASTRA firewall is one such firewall that works with OpenCart seamlessly. It is easy to deploy and makes OpenCart ultra secure.

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Shikhil plays on the line between security and marketing. When not thinking about how to make Astra super simple, Shikhil can be found enjoying alternative rock or a game of football.


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