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5 Simple Tips to a Secure Joomla Website

An open-source Content Management System designed for creating outstanding web applications in a breeze, Joomla has been used over 50 million times as of today. The reason behind Joomla’s unbeatable popularity and preference amongst web application developers is its flawless coding, designed to simplicity and extraordinary flexibility. Unlike WordPress, Joomla prides itself as a secure CMS, which means it shouldn’t require you to use an external firewall or virus scanner. However, from time to time, certain security measures are necessary. Here are 5 useful tips to creating a more secure Joomla portal:

Keep Your Joomla and Extensions Up-to-date

Just like WordPress, Joomla too, needs you to manually update the core application from time to time. This helps the CMS secure itself against emerging security vulnerabilities and new hacking techniques. Joomla also comes with a huge repository of useful plugins that add functionality to your site. For the sake of foolproof security, it is necessary to keep your core Joomla CMS and all the associated plugins updated to the latest version.

Change the Default Database Prefix

All Joomla applications come with a default database table prefixed jos_. Hence, most SQL injections target the jos_users table to hack into and retrieve the administrator’s username and password. By changing the default jos_ prefix of your Joomla application to something else, you can secure it from a serious SQLi vulnerability. You can do this easily by using your hosting’s phpMyAdmin panel.

Hide the Version Numbers from Extensions

The first step towards hacking a Joomla website is to track down the versions of Joomla and additional extensions used by the web application. This helps the hacker find out vulnerabilities within the specified version of Joomla and extensions and use them in the hacking procedure. In order to not provide the hacker with an advantage, it is a good idea to remove the version numbers from the names of the various extensions used on your Joomla. This is as easy as using your hoisting’s file manager to find out the file names for each extension and remove the version number from those file names.

Replace the Default Superadministrator

On Joomla, the default ID of the superadministrator is always 62. Hackers can use this information to launch a Brute Force attack on the admin account and hack into your website. To avoid this, just change the user ID of the core administrator to something else. To do this, create a new superadministrator with a strong username and password, log out of the default superadministrator account and log back in with the new superadministrator account. Now, first demote the original superadministrator account to Manager and then delete it. That’s it! You have successfully changed your superadministrator user ID to something safer.

Use a Strong Username and Password

This applies to much every web application out there. You should use strong, untraceable usernames and passwords for your Joomla user accounts, especially the ones with administrator privilege. To create strong usernames and passwords, use a combination of alphanumeric characters, lowercase and uppercase letters as well as symbols. Further, it is a good advice to change your username and password every 3 months.

These are five of the most important security suggestions that you must abide by to keep your Joomla web application secure. Please follow us for more useful information on web application security and Joomla.