Why is Security Critical in ECommerce?
Hey ECommerce store runners! Making a customer to purchase something from your store isn’t a piece of cake. A ton of ideas, strategy, and hard work goes into making the online store successful, engaging, and competitive. Nonetheless, maintaining a flawless ECommerce store is always cumbersome because online stores process a variety of customers’ personal information such as address, credit card details, and purchase details.
According to a Survey in 2017, 78% of all eCommerce websites are at risk. and considering the data breach scandals happening around the world, these days, customers are quite skeptical of sharing their information with companies. In such scenarios, every store runners should make sure every piece of information should be safe, secure, and impregnable at any cause.
Security Patches in Magento
Store runners using Magento can make use of the security patches provided by Magento itself. Installing these security patches are as easy as updating a mobile application through Play Store. You could get all the recent security updates from https://magento.com/security.
Nonetheless, making sure that every aspect of the Magento store works fine after the installation is most significant. This is where the testing part comes in. Testing the security patch, from the user’s perspective, for correctness and smoothness is mandatory before going live.
Procedure for Testing
- The first step is to review the patch release notes and analyze the impact of the major areas that have been modified. Based on this, creating a test checklist for both front end as well as the back end is necessary.
- After the installation of patches, we need to confirm if the patch is applied successfully. To confirm this, we can use https://www.magereport.com/
Testing for proper installation
Enter the URL of your Magento store at Magereport. If you’re getting the result in green then you are safe and up to date with the latest security patches.
Once the patch is applied, check whether the site is accessible. Also, check the flow of end users to ensure the UI is not affected. Next, do a sanity check for the whole website and then carry on with rest of the testing.
Step 3: Checklist for frontend
- Verify add to cart.
- Verify Edit/Update/Remove cart items.
- Verify the checkout flows.
- Guest user Checkout.
- Registered user Checkout.
- New user Checkout.
- Checkout as an already existing user.
- Place an order with different payment methods available on the site. (Credit card, PayPal, Gift card etc.,).
- Place an order using promo codes
- New account creation
- Verify the Transaction emails
- Verify the CMS pages
- Header and footer links
- Email subscription
- Product list, product details, and product search
- Form validations
Step 4: Checklist for Backend
- Verify the complete order flow after placing an order from the frontend
- Verify by creating the simple, configurable products etc.,
- Verify the product, tax, and inventory import process
- Verify by creating the promo rules
- Verify by creating the Banner and Widgets
- Verify by creating the CMS pages
- Verify the custom modules
- Verify the third-party modules integration
- Verify the transaction emails
- Verify All the backend links
The above checklist uncovers just the tip of an iceberg, and there are a ton of different methods and perspectives to test an ECommerce site. Concentrating much on testing results in near-flawless user experience and thus makes the customers trust you more.