Protect your Joomla! CMS from Malware 

Malware is any software that is intended to damage or disable a computer or computer system, web server or website.

If your website is infected by malware, then it is likely that your computer has also been infected.

Assume the worst and fix both.

 

What are the first signs of compromise by malware?

A classic indicator is when you can no longer log into your website as administrator.

Reason: malware infection resulting in password change without your consent.

However, malware will often leave administrator credentials unchanged to avoid you reaching for the bleach!

Another indicator might be that a new Super User account has been added or a new template or some other website content.

How well do you know your website?

If you treat it almost like a pet which you would groom on a regular basis then you will spot when things don't look right.

 

How to reduce the risk of compromise

  1. Keep your Joomla! CMS and 3rd party extensions up to date.
  2. Use only the latest release of Joomla! CMS and 3rd party extensions.
  3. Change Joomla! CMS and hosting control panel passwords frequently.
  4. Use complex passwords to reduce the risk of brute force attack.
  5. Never visit your hosting control panel except by secure connection (https).
  6. Avoid using FTP unless absolutely necessary.
  7. Never let your browser or FTP client remember your user credentials.
  8. Install, configure and maintain a Web Application Firewall.
  9. Follow the Joomla! Project's advice regarding your website's Global Configuration.

Read more: Review Global Configuration settings to harden website security.

 

Back up your website frequently

Backing up your website will not prevent malware infection.

It will however make recovering from an infection easier and less problematic.

Read more: How to back up your Joomla! CMS.

 

Frequently scan your website for malware

Websites created using the Joomla! CMS are heavily targeted by hackers, just like those built using Wordpress and every other content management system (CMS).

Even if you always use the latest available release of the Joomla! CMS and its extensions, you should frequently scan your website for having been compromised by malware.

We can help.

Read more: PERSONAL & LOCAL Joomla! CMS Support.

 

Use a Web Application Firewall

We recommend that you actively use the Web Application Firewall (or WAF) to:

  • customise your website's HTACCESS file to improve website security.
  • monitor for and temporarily or permanently block IP addresses which trigger persistent security exceptions.

We recommend Akeeba Admin Tools.

Read more: Web Application Firewall.

 

Protect your device, browser & web connection

See our separate article for useful advice in this regard.

Read more:  Protect your browser, device & web connection.