Joomla content management system is one of the most popular open-source CMS that targeted by the hackers the most. But, there are many things you can do to enhance the security of your Joomla site and turn down the strongest one.
In this post, we are going to discuss some security tips that help you to protect your Joomla site and help you to guard it against the commonest exploits and hacks that usually your CMS faces.
Change Your Admin User
In Joomla, the default ID for the admin users is always 62 and hackers may use this ID to hack your site. In order to avoid this, you just have to:
- Create a new super-administrator using another username and password
- Now, Log out and log in again with this new user name and password
- After that, you have to change the original admin user to a manager and save.
- Lastly, delete the original admin user, i.e. user ID 62 and have fun.
Install Jsecure Authentication Plugin
We know that every Joomla back-end has the same URL. Installing a security plugin can add a suffix to your back-end URL. If you are not entering URL with a proper suffix, it will automatically redirect to a 404 page. It is advisable to change the suffix on daily basis.
Avoid Using The Root User In MySQL As The User Of Your Database
When installing a new site, ensure to create a new database and provides rights to the new database only. Thus, this is only way users will have access to the particular site. If you are not doing so, then you will find one site hacked and others are wide open.
Create A Backup Plan For Your Site
It is the most important steps you should take as we all don’t know when our Joomla site to be hacked. Moreover, you can also have to check whether your hosting company does backup daily or weekly. No matter, they are doing, you have to be sure by taking your own backup regularly. In order to backup, you have to copy the files and export a copy of the mySQL database. A 3rd party backup extension like Akeeba backup is also best for backup.
Password protect your administrative area
An additional layer of protection will be added by password protecting the "administrator" folder to your Joomla website. In order to do this, you refer How to password protect directories.
It is advisable to set different username and password for your website from your Joomla application. After completing this step, you have to login twice, i.e. first for accessing the login page of Joomla and second for login in the application
That makes confusion in hacker’s mind regarding your passwords. Moreover, a potential attacker won’t able to access admin if there is security breach within the Joomla script.
Remove or Turn Off Extensions That You Don't Use
We have seen many components and plug-ins are added with the core install of Joomla. It is advisable to remove to turn off, if you are not using them. To do this, you have to go to Manager >> Install/Uninstall and Reach to appropriate list using the blue tabs at the top. Moreover, if you are installing a 3rd party extensions then you are not able to use it. It is best to uninstall it.