How to Enforce Strong Passwords on WooCommerce Stores

Ensuring that your eCommerce store is secure is mandatory. It's not just an important source of income for your business, but it also has sensitive client data, like billing details and payment card numbers. Secure passwords ma prevent cyber attacks, but you sill need a way to enforce them without making it difficult for your customers.

By using well-thought-out password policies, and utilizing intuitive software you can help your employees and clients both generate secure passwords for their WooCommerce store accounts. This also goes for any other eCommerce store on WordPress.

Top 4 smartest password policies for WooCommerce stores

Set a minimum password length

As we have said in the past, the longer the password is, the harder it is to guess. Each extra character dramatically decreases the odds of hackers brute-forcing their way into your accounts. Of course, you don't want to make a password so long that you can't remember it, so we need to find a good balance. A minimum of 8 characters is a good place to start.

Use multiple character types

Complex passwords are harder to guess, so enforcing the use of special characters is always a good idea. Use upper and lower case letters, as well as numbers and symbols to maximize your password's security.

Add an expiration policy

Making clients and store managers update their passwords periodically makes it almost impossible for hackers to guess a password. However, a lot of people may consider this task annoying, so don't make them update their passwords too often.

Ban password reuse

Once a password is compromised it becomes useless. Worse, it becomes a risk if you are using the same password across multiple accounts. There are hacker tools that can find all accounts using the same password on the internet.

For that reason reusing old passwords should be banned on your WooCommerce store. It's just too dangerous.
Disallow password reuse within certain time frames, extending that period for store managers while keeping it shorter for customers.

July 22, 2020

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