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.
As hacker attacks on Joomla websites is increasing, owners may have to spend a chunk of money to fix the damage done by the hacker attacks. You would definitely want to avoid your site from being damaged due to vulnerabilities. JomDefender is a great extension that helps to keep your site secure from wreckful hacker attacks. This security plugin is built in 'corePHP'.
This plugin helps to fix some of the most common vulnerabilities within Joomla, and implements additional protective layers to the site to protect it from any kind of security attack. It can be installed and configured easily, and is available for a fraction of the cost.
This is an advanced Joomla security extension that helps to keep your site protected from intrusions as well as hacker attacks. RSFirewall is upheld by a team of trained experts that always keep the extension up-to-date to deal with the latest vulnerabilities. In addition, the team runs latest security updates to keep the Joomla website safe. RSFirewall comes with a comprehensive set of tools, using which you can keep your site secure from being hacked.
This extension even lets you perform a scan on your entire site, so as to make you aware about the weak points in your site and offer instructions to improve your website security. RSFirewll is compatible with both Joomla 2.5 and 3.x versions.
Last on our list is Akeeba Admin Tools, Joomla extension that helps in making the website administration become a breeze, and helps to improve your site's security. Its an added layer of protection. This extension notifies Joomla users about new updates that they should run for their Joomla website. Additionally, it helps to perform Joomla website maintenance protect it against hacker attacks and optimize the site. It also helps to fix your file and directory permissions, manage custom URL redirections, enhances security by creating a secure .htaccess file and so on.
This extension boasts an advanced “Web Application Firewall” that keep your site safe from some of the common attacks.
If you're searching for ways to enhance your Joomla site security and want to protect your site from some of the hacker attacks, then the aforementioned list of extensions will surely help you accomplish your goals.
Author Bio: Jason Roiz is qualified outsource web development professional who is great at delivering focus in his writings. He meets expectations for OSSMedia, a Joomla development company which also giving proficient WordPress, Drupal and Magento improvement administrations.