Joomla Security Measures You Need to Know
Joomla has always created a lot of flutter in the web development community, and can easily be regarded as one of the most widespread content management systems around. The ease with which it allows not-so-expert folks to develop a website and the flexibility it fuels the websites with make it a pretty much unparalleled CMS. That said, even a blockbuster CMS with seemingly flawless execution can leave out rough spots that have the potential to turn into nasty burns for the said website.
Security is and always will remain a grave concern on the Internet, simply for the fact that there is a whole lot of snoopers out there. The security loopholes are unpardonable, and this can be testified by the sheer number of websites that get hacked by the hour. The web intruders are ceaselessly sniffing around to find backdoors into the websites and there is no guarantee your website's isn't providing them one.
But being as developer-friendly as it is, Joomla bequeaths you with a number of tools and alternatives to perk up your website's security and feel more assured.
Open Up to the Joomla Audit Tools
There are way too many of them for you to seriously consider and use. The spectrum of Joomla audit tools are made with the sole purpose of protecting your website, since they give you a fair insight into the site's status, pertaining to the possible illegitimate activities happening on it. It keeps a constant check on the core files of your websites in order to determine if there have been any changes - even the tiniest ones - made on them. If and when it observes some modifications, notifications are sent to you promptly.
If you are waiting for me to throw some names at you, I'd say MyJoomla should be THE tool that you don't have to look past. It does everything said earlier, and more. It can also be used to restore the edited file back to its original configuration.
Set the Right CHMOD Settings
The CHMOD settings, if done wrongly, can also compromise the security of your website. Unless you are planning to write some code into a file to modify it, there is no point keeping it on CHMOD mode. It is a much recommended practice to assign 644 to PHP files and 666 to the Config files to minimize the chances of any illegitimate security access.
Install the Joomla Security Extensions
There are plenty of them. Joomla is already famed for its huge array of remarkably useful extensions that make the whole development process much easier and shorter. Anytime you wish to inject a complex functionality to your website, you have the option of looking for extensions for the same and then simply install them, followed by making a few configuration changes.
And as far as security side of things is concerned, you again have availability of a range of extensions. These extensions are specially coded to deal with the latest security threats and there algorithms are robust and sensitive to the threats. These go a long way in preventing the possibility of unauthorized access to your website, and thus keep the hackers at bay.
- Some of the Joomla extensions that come handy include:
- jSecure A failsafe Joomla security extension, jSecure allows you to give access and capabilities to multiple users in a segregated manner, and without letting them know of your passkey. The extension can automatically ban the suspicious IP addresses, keep the jsecure.css file updated and corrected at all times, and so on.
- jHackGuard This extension remains true to its name. It filters all the data coming in from the user-side, executes PHP instructions and stores all the activity logs. This extension also lets you facilitate the debugging process if anything suspicious is noticed.
- JomDefender It defends your website against malicious coders, as it promises. And it surely takes your website's security levels to several notches higher. It hides your Joomla identifiers so that they can't bee seen from the site and equips your website with more than one admin login screen for the extra layer of authentication.
Joomla can be as secure as you want it to be. You just need to cover your tracks well.
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Jason Roiz is qualified outsource web development professional who is great at delivering focus in his writings. He meets expectations for OSSMedia, a Joomla CMS development company which also giving proficient WordPress, Drupal and Magento improvement administrations.