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Tips to Improve Joomla CMS Security

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Joomla CMS Development, Joomla CMS Solutions, Joomla Web Application Development, Joomla
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Joomla is a dynamic Content Management System that allows organizing and managing the website
content. Joomla is growing continuously and getting popular amongst more and more individuals and
businesses. Being so popular, the malicious hackers are every time finding new unique ways to gain
access 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Most of security issues are due to poorly written, unsecured and out-of date third party extensions. The
first thing to do to ensure security of your CMS is to make sure that the CMS is properly patched, updated
and secured. Some useful tips for better Joomla CMS security are being discussed below –

1] Proper Management of Extensions

Joomla is popular worldwide due to third party extensions but these extensions can be reason of your
Joomla website getting attacked. Every extension should be checked that it is updated and so it is always
advisable to install only extensions that are needed. While using any extension – the code review should
be done, the test suite should be used to review the results first, and the code should be updated if
necessary.

2] Secure Servers and Hosting

Server errors can occur due to unpatched servers, open ports and weak shared hosting. On shared
hosting, though your site is set up properly it can be hacked by hackers thru another site on the shared
server. The most important thing that needs to be done to secure Joomla site is to make sure that you are
using well-known secure host and the server patches are updated.

3] Removal of Unused Files

Most of the times the extensions installed are never used. Developers don’t pay attention to these unused
things which can lead to unseen liabilities. These unused files should not be unpublished; they should be
uninstalled for avoiding problems completely.
4] Be ready with Backups

Proper planning should be done before your site being hacked – that is backups should be taken
regularly. With proper backups, there will be fewer burdens when the site is actually being hacked. This
will ensure that the site can be restored without significant downtime or loss of data.

5] Use of Search engine friendly URLs

By using search engine friendly URLs for the Joomla website there will be two benefits – it will be useful
to boost Google ranking and it will also prevent hackers from finding exploits using Google search or
other tools.

6] Turn off the Joomla FTP Layers and Register_globals

By disabling Joomla FTP layer it can be ensured that the login details are not being stored and also it
allows third party extensions to work smoothly. Also, the Register globals should be turned off for security
purposes but it should be taken care as this may lead to disabling some PHP scripts to work and it may
also 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.

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Summary:

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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Description: 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.