Laravel Application Security: Features and Best Practices

Laravel Application Security: Features and Best Practices

Depending on which survey you believe, the market share of PHP currently stands somewhere between 60% and 80%. That means if you have visited 10 websites today, statistically around 7 of them were built on PHP. This represents the scale of the popularity of PHP and by extension, the risks it faces. After all, if 7 out of 10 websites are based on PHP, a similar proportion of the hacked websites too would be based on PHP.

While PHP has had traditionally faced some security concerns, the newer frameworks like Laravel come equipped with a whole range of security measures to plug those gaps. Laravel, being one of the top PHP frameworks, also has some of the best security measures. Here are a few of them:

SQL injection

SQL Injection is by far the most common type of cyber-attack that can be used for virtually all kinds of activities- from stealing data to bringing down the application by running malicious scripts. The Eloquent ORM utilizes PDO binding that protects your Laravel application against all SQL injections.

Authentication

Laravel’s authentication system is one of the finest you’d find in any PHP framework. It uses ‘providers’ and ‘guards’ to deliver authentication while also taking care of most of the user authentication process.

XSS protection

Cross-site scripting is another major threat that generally attacks the database. Laravel features native support to prevent from XSS that not only protects the database but also any program that contains escape tags as the output in the form of HTML- that are particularly vulnerable.

While these three security features can be considered to be the fundamentals to Laravel security- enough to fend off most of the common attacks, there are some additional best practices that would deliver a much needed added layer of security to your web applications:

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Raw queries

Remember the threat of SQL injection? Well, that can be easily protected against if you simply do not allow raw queries

Security headers

Using security headers during data transfer is another common practice of good developers and enhance the overall app security.

HTTPS

More than a preference, using HTTPS has almost become compulsory as even Google shows its preference for HTTPS sites. Especially if your site collects sensitive user data like personal or financial information, you must use HTTPS to prevent against snooping or man-in-the-middle attacks.

Double brace syntax

This adds an extra layer of security to prevent from XSS attacks. The use of double brace syntax in blade template engine assures that it’s safe to display the data.

The point here is, where you hire offshore developers, make sure they are accustomed to the best security practices.

Let’s face it- PHP doesn’t really have a reputation of being a secure language. No, that doesn’t imply that PHP is insecure. It may not be suitable for high-end mission-critical applications, but for most of the business needs, there are more than enough security checks available. Especially, Laravel development companies who carry expertise in the above-mentioned security features are able to deliver quite sophisticated applications that can easily withstand most of the common security attacks.

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