VPN — Bolster Your Ecommerce Security

What is a VPN?

A virtual private network, or VPN, is an encrypted connection over the Internet from a device to a network. The encrypted connection helps ensure that sensitive data is safely transmitted. It prevents unauthorized people from eavesdropping on the traffic and allows the user to conduct work remotely. While it’s a popular tool in hacker/spy movies, VPN technology is widely used in corporate environments.

How can a VPN help me?

Providing secure access to your organization’s online applications is more important than ever, especially with the ever-increasing number of cyber attacks. Exposed administrative panels for common e-commerce and CMS platforms such as Magento and WordPress give hackers and other bad actors a clear target. While access to these administrative panels can be restricted IP address or network, this poses a challenge for users that work remotely or are traveling. A VPN solves this problem, by providing users with the ability to connect to your secure network from almost any location. This allows you to make it much more challenging for bad actors to access restricted resources, further limiting the types of attacks they can attempt, which is a good thing.

In addition to the above, a VPN provides a number of other potential benefits, such as:

  • Bypass geographic restrictions on websites or streaming audio and video.
  • Protect your clients from snooping on untrustworthy Wi-Fi hotspots.
  • Gain anonymity online by hiding your true location.

Is it difficult to set up a VPN?

While configuring VPN connections isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, getting a VPN configured can be relatively painless, although the effort required varies depending on the size of your organization and complexity of your network.

If you are specifically interested in hardening the security of your Magento store, our team of Magento and DevOps professionals can help assess your current configuration, provide security recommendations and assist you with implementation. We can also guide you on choosing a VPN service that’s right for your business.

If you’re interested in tightening up your site’s security for your business and your customers, don’t hesitate to reach out to Swarming today!