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Tips to Improve Joomla CMS Security

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The important things that need to be followed for securing the Joomla based websites are being discussed here. By following these tips, it can be ensured that there is no risk of site getting hacked.

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Tips to Improve Joomla CMS Security

  1. 1. Softweb Solutions Inc.2531 Technology Drive,Suite 312,Elgin, Illinois 60124Toll-Free Number: 1-866-345-7638Fax: 866-345-7638ArticleTips to Improve Joomla CMS SecurityKeywords:Joomla CMS Development, Joomla CMS Solutions, Joomla Web Application Development, JoomlaDevelopersContent:Joomla is a dynamic Content Management System that allows organizing and managing the websitecontent. Joomla is growing continuously and getting popular amongst more and more individuals andbusinesses. Being so popular, the malicious hackers are every time finding new unique ways to gainaccess to the data. This makes important to strengthen the walls of this CMS.Most of security issues are due to poorly written, unsecured and out-of date third party extensions. Thefirst thing to do to ensure security of your CMS is to make sure that the CMS is properly patched, updatedand secured. Some useful tips for better Joomla CMS security are being discussed below –1] Proper Management of ExtensionsJoomla is popular worldwide due to third party extensions but these extensions can be reason of yourJoomla website getting attacked. Every extension should be checked that it is updated and so it is alwaysadvisable to install only extensions that are needed. While using any extension – the code review shouldbe done, the test suite should be used to review the results first, and the code should be updated ifnecessary.2] Secure Servers and HostingServer errors can occur due to unpatched servers, open ports and weak shared hosting. On sharedhosting, though your site is set up properly it can be hacked by hackers thru another site on the sharedserver. The most important thing that needs to be done to secure Joomla site is to make sure that you areusing well-known secure host and the server patches are updated.3] Removal of Unused FilesMost of the times the extensions installed are never used. Developers don’t pay attention to these unusedthings which can lead to unseen liabilities. These unused files should not be unpublished; they should beuninstalled for avoiding problems completely.
  2. 2. 4] Be ready with BackupsProper planning should be done before your site being hacked – that is backups should be takenregularly. With proper backups, there will be fewer burdens when the site is actually being hacked. Thiswill ensure that the site can be restored without significant downtime or loss of data.5] Use of Search engine friendly URLsBy using search engine friendly URLs for the Joomla website there will be two benefits – it will be usefulto boost Google ranking and it will also prevent hackers from finding exploits using Google search orother tools.6] Turn off the Joomla FTP Layers and Register_globalsBy disabling Joomla FTP layer it can be ensured that the login details are not being stored and also itallows third party extensions to work smoothly. Also, the Register globals should be turned off for securitypurposes but it should be taken care as this may lead to disabling some PHP scripts to work and it mayalso affect other programs that the site is using.Other than these things, many other precautions should be taken to avoid website hacking. This includes– password protection, database tables’ protection, Extension version numbers removal, and many more.There are many things that is important to be maintained and updated on a regular basis.Softweb Solutions provides comprehensive and customized Joomla Web Development Services. Wehave an experienced team of Joomla Developers with complete skill set to deliver best Joomla solutionsto all our clients worldwide. Contact us at info@softwebsolutions.com for more information.Summary:The important things that need to be followed for securing the Joomla based websites are beingdiscussed here. By following these tips, it can be ensured that there is no risk of site getting hacked.