Keep Joomla Extensions Updated
One of the security measures you can undertake to keep your Joomla website safe is to keep it updated to the latest version. New Joomla updates usually come with security fixes. This is important in keeping the security of your Joomla-powered website.
Use Strong Login Details
First things first, do not use user names such as “admin” or “administrator”. These will be the first words that will come to the mind of hackers. Make sure to use a strong password for your website. Likewise, avoid passwords such as your personal or family name. Likewise, avoid using password generators because it has algorithms that can be compromised by hackers. As much as possible, include special characters, numbers, and capital letters in your password.
Use Correct File Permissions & Ownership
>strong>Configure your files and folders to the right permission. The following steps are suggested for your permissions:
- Set the permissions for your Joomla folders to 755
- Set the permissions for your Joomla files to 644
- Set the permissions for your configuration.php file to 444
- Never use 777(full access) permissions!
Frequently Backup Your Joomla Website
It is important to backup your website as frequently as possible. Maintain a backup copy of your files and databases on your local computer for emergencies.
Make Restrictions To Your Admin Page
You can greatly enhance the security of your website by putting restrictions to the access to your admin page. One security measure you can implement is to put password protection on your /administrator folder. Once the folder has been protected, you will need to input another password to be able to see the standard administrator login form.
Another security measure you can implement is to limit the access to your /administrator directory such that it will only look for your IP address. If there is no “.htaccess” file in your /administrator directory, you need to create one and upload it using FTP. Otherwise, you can just add a couple of lines at the end of the .htaccess file.
Deny from ALL
Allow from x.x.x.x
Do not forget to replace x.x.x.x with your actual public IP address. If you want to add another IP address, just copy the second command and add a new line to replace the address.
Being an open source application is one of the strongest suits of Joomla web development. This is also one of its drawbacks as it makes the platform susceptible to security issues and hacking attacks. By bearing in mind these tips, you can look forward to a more secured and protected website.
Your failure to secured your Joomla website could mean huge losses for your business and also potential customers. I am sure you do not want that to happen so secure your website before it is too late.