According to a recently made survey, people around the globe considered to download Joomla more than 67 million times. Hence, undoubtedly this is one of most used and most popular Content Management System for the websites. However, recently, Sucuri made a research and according to that survey result, Joomla is the second most affected website platform. The probable reasons are – vulnerable Joomla installations, misconfiguration, third-party extensions having vulnerable code in it or poor hosting practices. Here is a list of a few smart and effective tips that would help to perk up security of your Joomla website.
#1 Stop Installing Excessive Extensions
One of the main reasons behind the immense popularity of Joomla platform is you can easily extend the functionalities of this platform by installing feature-rich extensions. However, most of the Joomla hacks take place as such third-party extensions or plugins follow poor practices. Before installing the extensions on the website, it is advisable to test these in a local environment so that you can clearly assess the stability and value. Do not forget to uninstall a plugin when you do not need it anymore. You should review the Vulnerable Extensions List regularly. Another smart way to improve the security is to use Joomlatools Platform to devise your applications.
#2 Employ a WAF (Web Application Firewall)
Using a WAF is a good practice to perk up the Joomla security. An effective WAF can not only act as an observer for the HTTP applications but can also work as a filter for such applications. Whether you want a cloud solution or simply want to install one solution by yourself on your own server, entirely depends on you. You can get the below-mentioned features if you use a WAF.
– Protection of SQL injection
– Backdoor protection
– Spambot protection
– DDoS protection
– Protection from Brute Force Attack and so on.
#3 Use Powerful Login Details
Once over with the website installation, you should change the default login details. Using the default login username along with the password makes the website more vulnerable. Hence, to protect it from the hackers, you need to change the login details as soon as the installation process is over. It is advisable to avert using common passwords. Create a complicated and long password and keep it safe by storing it in the password manager.
#4 Restrict Directory and File Permissions
Incorrect permissions of directory and file may increase website vulnerability. With 777 permission on the setup, anyone can not only view but can also change your files! If you are using a shared hosting, with this 777 permission set up, any other user would have entire access to the important documents and files. Hence, make sure that you are never using this permission setup. Other than this, you should restrict the directory and file access in such a way so that no one without a permit can get an access to it.
Apart from all the above-mentioned points, you need to take care of a few more aspects. You should restrict the area of admin login, should use SSL certificate along with choosing a reliable and trusted hosting company.