While Joomla! is equipped with a wide range of tools and resources to support easy site management, if you’re taking your first steps with the platform, it can be difficult to know where to start. Use the following tips to help you manage your Joomla! website securely.
Use strong passwords
Ensure all back-end users have complex passwords that are changed regularly. A strong password has a random combination of letters, numbers, or symbols – never common dictionary words or the names of family and friends. Try a password generator website if you need help creating a strong password.
Create a comprehensive backup routine
Manual, offsite backups further strengthen protection in case of intrusion or other issues. Create a manual backup schedule that includes the download of your Joomla! database, core files and extensions that can be easily restored in case of disaster.
Monitor site intrusion attempts
If your site is running on a HostPapa VPS service, you can download and install monitoring apps like TripWire or SAMHAIN. These applications check your files, report potential exploits and can be hidden to protect themselves in the event of a serious infiltration.
Keep your site updated
You’ll receive a variety of notifications in the administration back-end, the HostPapa cPanel Manager and your inbox when new versions of Joomla! are released. These releases include important security upgrades that protect your site from newly discovered exploits. Don’t delay your upgrades – follow our guide to updating Joomla! to ensure you’re protected.
Hire a security professional
You may wish to consider hiring a web security consultant to review the security of your Joomla! installation. Dedicated Joomla! consultants have the experience to identify risks in your configuration and can take steps to harden site security.
For further questions, or if you need help, please open a support ticket from your HostPapa Dashboard. Follow this link to learn how.