Magento is well-known for its flexible, open-source software and the passionate global community of developers who frequently contribute to the platform. With thousands of available integrations, cutting-edge eCommerce functions, and complete customizability, the platform is an attractive option for retailers of all shapes and sizes.
However, since anyone can learn the inner workings of the open-source code, Magento stores can be targeted by hackers. If you want to protect your website and your customers’ private information, the most important step is to regularly apply security patches as soon as they are released.
What Are Security Patches?
As soon as a weakness in the Magento code is exposed, developers immediately begin working on solutions that will prevent hackers from accessing your data. These solutions are called security patches, and they’re designed to be applied quickly to ensure that everything continues to run smoothly. Security patches are announced and released via the Magento Security page, where you can find fixes based on specific issues and whichever version of Magento you’re using.
How to Apply Security Patches
When a security patch becomes available, you should be notified via email and a message in the admin section of your website. If you navigate to the security page, you’ll be able to find information regarding the security issue, possible impacts it could have on a Magento store, and how the patch will fix the problem.
First, you can find out which patches your site needs by using Mage Report. This tool can test your site and then list which patches need to be applied in order for your site to function properly. Once you know which patches you’re missing, you can apply a security patch by running it on a non-production version of your website. Further information is available in this installation guide, or you can contact an expert developer for assistance.
Additional Security Tips
If you wish that you didn’t have to worry about the security of your Magento store, you can take advantage of Wagento’s No-Hassle Upgrades to receive updates and security patches for an entire year! With automatic services including bug fixes, third party updates, security scans, and more, you can finally have some peace of mind knowing that your website will always be in tip-top shape. Learn more by visiting our no-hassle upgrades page or contacting us today!