OS commerce website hosting has become quite popular because it is an open source platform that is absolutely free and allows you to install a shopping cart quite easily and conveniently. There are web hosting providers offering OS commerce website hosting service and ensuring that your website runs smoothly at all times.
Though OS commerce website is extremely sure but it is always better to ensure that no one can attack your website under any circumstances. It is important to make this aspect absolutely sure because an ecommerce website is quite sensitive and you wouldn’t want that anyone gets exposed to sensitive and confidential customer information. This also contributes towards increasing the credibility of your website and encouraging more visitors to visit your website.
One of the factors that you need to keep in mind is that the most common files that hackers look for in an OS commerce based website are file_manager.php and define_language.php. Most of the times hackers target the code written in these two files to harm all the files of your OS commerce website.
How can you prevent it?
You can avoid such an incidence by consulting your OS commerce web hosting provider who will give you the solution on how to safeguard your website. One of the simplest ways to ensure a hacker is not able to access such files is by renaming the files. You can rename the admin folder followed by changing the location of the admin folder. Next you can even comment them out by adding two ‘/’ at the start of the line. Since you have already changed the file name therefore you can also delete the other two files that are no longer functional. Next you can even rename the admin folder to any other name that you can think of thereby hiding the admin folder and disabling the two most sought after files.
Furthermore, you can even ask your web hosting provider to help you really lock this down so that it will not allow any .php files from functioning and the last step you need to take is check file and folder permissions.