A free and open-source content management platform written entirely in PHP, Drupal is one of the most popular choices for creating your blog/website on the internet. Drupal can be variedly used to create a static website, a dynamic blog, a user-generated forum and/or a community based website. With so much of possibilities and a user-friendly interface, Drupal attracts a large number of webmasters and bloggers. As such, it is also a constant target for high-end hackers. If you run a Drupal website that is large enough to be noticed, you must take adequate security measures. Here are a few useful tips that will help you create a safer Drupal portal.
Keep Everything Updated
Be it WordPress, Joomla or Drupal, the same rule applies. You must always keep your core content management system, site template as well any third party modules you may be using, up-to-date. Always use the latest available version of Drupal on your website. Only use well-maintained themes and plugins that are regularly updated against possible security vulnerabilities, and make sure you are running the most recent version. This will help keep your site protected against all possible vulnerabilities that may arise from time to time.
Use Special Security Modules
Just like WordPress has additional security plugins that add functionalities like antivirus and firewall on to your website, Drupal too, provides a host of security modules that allow you to enhance and improve the security of your WordPress. While Drupal Core itself comes with inbuilt security systems, their repository contains a whole lot of additional security extensions you might consider using. Two great examples of successful Drupal security modules are the Paranoia Module and the Security Kit Module.
Secure Your Site Against Unauthorized Uploads
There is no better way to turn your site into a malware funhouse than allowing anonymous users to post content. But what about community-based websites and forums? That’s why we recommend you to choose which types of files can and cannot be uploaded by users with particular permissions. Also, please don’t let every other user on the site to manipulate and alter your Drupal HTML in a negative way. Add this to a decent antimalware module and regularly scan for malicious code and files on your database. Remember, malware is the easiest way to compromise a site’s usability.
Prepare For the Worst
Even after you have successfully implemented every other great security measure out there, you can never be careful enough. Hackers can always find new ways to compromise your website, either by hacking into user accounts or the database itself. That’s why it is highly recommended that you backup your files and database on a regular basis. Keep multiple copies of your files and database in your PC as well as cloud. This will make sure that you can get your site up and running in two minutes even after your site has been compromised.
These are just a few of the many measures you can take in order to protect your Drupal website. Do you have any additional recommendations? If so, feel free to leave your comments.