How do I keep a Shopify site secure? This is an important question that needs an answer. Many small business owners turn to Shopify as an easy solution for setting up an online store. According to Rewind, Shopify does an excellent job of implementing many security best practices without the user having to do anything. However, there are several ways you can make your site even more secure. HaceWeb offers the following tips to keep your site safe — and lucrative.
1. Activate Your SSL Certificate
Using an SSL certificate is the first step to keep a Shopify site secure. An SSL certificate directs all of your web traffic through HTTPS, instead of HTTP, which makes your site more secure for customers. Shopify comes with support for an SSL certificate. This should be turned on by default, but it is a good idea to check that your site is actively enforcing it.
2. Establish Code Management Standards
If you plan to modify the theme code for your shop, establish a set of code management standards. This makes it easier to troubleshoot any problems that arise. Consider using tools such as a version control system or local command-line tool. Back up your theme regularly and restrict access to the code to only the employees who need it.
3. Utilize Fraud Protection Tools
Shopify includes built-in fraud analysis. You can also optionally use Shopify Flow and Fraud Protect. As well, you can add additional protection by installing third-party advanced fraud detection tools such as Rewind Backups, Locksmith, McAfee Secure, and Age Check.
4. Defend Against Scrapers
Zyte explains that scrapers are automated tools that scan websites and compile information such as email addresses and phone numbers. They may also submit contact forms that are filled with spam. Because Shopify’s default contact form doesn’t have a CAPTCHA or alternative user verification option, you may want to use a form app that provides this functionality.
Employing email obfuscation can help prevent scrapers from collecting email addresses from your site. Displaying phone numbers as images instead of text can make it more difficult for scrapers, but it may also frustrate customers because they can’t easily copy the number.
5. Secure Your Account
It is critical to make sure that only the person responsible for administering your admin account has access to it. Make the password for this account as secure as possible. Change the password regularly. Periodically check to see who has access to your store and delete any accounts that are no longer being used. Remove any apps that have access to your store that you are no longer using. Watch for any unusual logins or other account activity.
6. Hire a Security Professional
There are many steps you can take on your own to keep a Shopify site secure but nothing replaces having a web developer analyze your site for security flaws and suggest fixes. Consider hiring a freelance cyber security professional. If you are not sure how to find a good one, try checking online reviews. Freelance cyber security specialist rates average $48 per hour. Also, don’t forget to ask freelancers about what exactly they can provide.
Shopify is a great choice for business owners who want a user-friendly, secure platform for their online store. However, because security breaches can severely impact you and your customers, it is a good idea to go beyond the default settings when securing your site.