Apart from WordPress and Drupal content management systems, Joomla is the most popular CMS used all over the world to power websites of all sorts and sizes. Just like any other open-source CMS, Joomla powered sites also have to deal with hacking attacks. In fact, almost every day Joomla powered site encounter callous hackers who mutilate website pages, upload backdoors and steal or delete sensitive information. And sadly, most of the attacks cost website owners substantial amount of time and money in getting the damage fixed. And so, it becomes needful for website owners take all the possible measures into account that helps to strengthen security of their Joomla site.
In this post we have come up with a list of remarkably useful Joomla extensions that helps to secure your Joomla website.
jHackGuard is an extension designed by Siteground that helps to protect the websites of Joomla users from being hacked. The extension is made publicly available to Joomla site owners, irrespective of whether they're using Siteground hosting services or not. This extension is a blend of a security plugin (that does the system work) and component (that helps to handle configurations) – that helps to protect a Joomla site by filtering the user's input data and integrating more PHP security settings. But, the plugin is disabled so that filters don't prevent authenticated administrators from performing their administrative tasks.
jHackGuard is compatible with Joomla version 3 and higher. And so, if you want to protect your site security running on an older Joomla version, you can choose to download the appropriate versions of jHackGuard for the older Joomla versions such as jHackGuard for Joomla 1.5 or other.
Akeeba Backup formerly known as JoomlaPack is an open-source and free backup component that helps in creating a full website backup – that can be used to restore your site on any server running Joomla powered sites. It lets you create a backup of your website in just a single archive, including all the files, a “database snapshot” and an “installer”.
The best aspect about this extension is that it runs an AJAX-powered backup and restore process that helps to prevent server timeouts – even when you're running a large website. Besides, you can choose to create a backup of only your website files or database. It is compatible with Joomla version 2.5 or 3.x only.