Security tips to protect your joomla website
If you are a webmaster or just a regular small business person who has a Joomla based website, then you should be concerned with website security. Website administrators who do not take steps to secure their sites, eliminate loopholes, backdoors, and flaws in the coding, can allow hackers to take control of the site.
What would hackers want with the website?
Well, if you do any internet commerce, then if they gain access, they could try to divert the funds to their accounts. If you are not swift to act, then you could lose these funds permanently. Hackers could also install virus software so that your site will infect all those who browse it. Another strategy is to simply hide backlinks to their websites or install a backdoor access that allows them to use your site for spam purposes. The creativity and mischief of hackers is boundless and they come up with more innovative reasons to hack your site daily.
Let’s look at some steps that website administrators can take to help secure their website and prevent unauthorized access by hackers and spammers. First, you can implement a Joomla security extension or a Joomla authentication plugin. These plugins and extensions can be found by searching the Joomla Extensions Directory, which catalogues many reliable add-ons and you can read feedback from users as well as user ratings. If you have a forum on your site, then you may want to use a content filter to prevent spam posts or a forum anti-spam extension to keep your forum from being clogged up with marketing links.
If you use your Joomla site to gain members who sign up, it is advisable to use a Captcha extension or other Joomla authentication plugin since they will prevent automated bots and other software from signing up to your site automatically. Such plugins or extensions will keep bots from trying to set up hundreds of fake profiles on your site so that spammers can exploit your site or create backlinks at your expense.
Additionally, it is advisable not ever run a Joomla site without installing some type of website backup utility for security purposes. Installing a backup extension can save you from website oblivion when you broke some code, crashed a site, or upgraded and corrupted something important. In the case of hacking, using a backup copy to restore your site may be a way to regain access and undo lots of damage that hackers have done. By restoring to a time prior to the hacking incursion into your site, you may be able to implement security features and change passwords that keep them from ever being able to penetrate your defenses.