This release takes care of two important features – Performance and Security primarily, along with few other things.
Reducing page load time and performance issues have been the focus of Magento team for sometime now, in that direction, Magento 1.9.2 comes with Zend Framework and Redis Integration. To ensure online store owners are able to serve and store more content the Cache system has been modified. Also, if you are one of those sites that allows downloadables, the issue of performance degradation has been effectively addressed.
These performance enhancements are timely in the light of latest research by Radware that indicates, “the top 500 American retail sites actually are 16% slower than they were a year ago. The average e-commerce site’s load time has increased from last year’s 7.36 seconds to 8.56 seconds.”
Read the above information with this piece of research: “a business loses roughly 25% of its online visitors if its site takes over 4 seconds to load.”
So, it really makes sense for online store owners to make this upgrade to Magento 1.9.2.
Second important feature of Magento 1.9.2 is Security, this upgrade offers protection from most know XSS and SQL injection attacks, two known methods by which cyber-criminals attack the sites.
Consider this, credit card security being one of the most important components of eCommerce security was breached in the year 2007 by what is infamously known as TJX security breach, this resulted in 94 million accounts being compromised with losses exceeding $70 million due to fraud leading to lawsuit filed by over 300 banks against TJX. The attacker was finally caught who informed he exploited “SQL Injection vulnerabilities to net over 130 million credit cards.”
Apart from SQL injection another type of vulnerability that exists is Cross Site Scripting (XSS) attacks. Cross site scripting attacks can occur when applications take untrusted data from users and send it to web browsers without properly validating or “treating” that data to ensure it isn’t malicious. XSS can be used to take over user accounts, change website content, or redirect visitors to malicious websites without their knowledge.
Few other features that make Magento 1.9.2 better are, automated functional testing framework provided with access to 170 automated functional tests, widgets can now be included into CMS page, email alerts can be sent, regions are displayed in alphabetical order on checkout page etc.