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OpenCart Security Checklist

Every day hundreds of OpenCart store websites get compromised because of malware infections. One of the prominent reason behind OpenCart hacks is poor coding practices.

OpenCart security is a cumbersome process, especially as it involves a lot of lot sharing of personal data like name, credit card details etc. Our OpenCart security checklist contains easy to implement steps for beginners and experts alike. Following this OpenCart secure coding checklist will help you to protect your website from hackers and make your website stand out and shine.

Here are some quick tips that you can follow while developing an OpenCart store.
  1. The integrity of configuration files, libraries, executables, and interpreted code should be verified by the usage of checksums or hashes.
  2. Shared variables and resources must be secured from improper concurrent access.
  3. User-supplied data should not be passed to any dynamic execution function.
  4. Any third party code, secondary applications or libraries that are used must be properly reviewed in order to determine their business necessity and confirm its safe functionality, in order to avoid any new vulnerabilities.
  5. Rename the admin folder to some uncommon name.
    It is recommended to rename the admin folder with some uncommon name in order to conceal it from scripts and hackers targeted specifically at the ‘admin’ folder of OpenCart.
    After the folder’s name is modified, access your admin dashboard using the new path. It can be done by updating the admin/config.php file and replacing instances of ‘admin’ with the new name. There should be 5 instances which need to be modified.

For more tailored security practices for OpenCart download our checklist & don’t forget to share it with your friends if you like it.

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