How to Ensure the Privacy & Security of Your Joomla Template

The template of your Joomla website sets the foundation of its user interface (UI) as well as the user experience (UX). It decides the visuals, page load time, responsiveness, and many such factors that directly or directly impact the website’s performance.

Since a Joomla website’s template is so important, it’s also often targeted by cybercriminals.

If you want to ensure the security and privacy of your Joomla template, then be sure to take the following measures:

  1. Securing the main template file  

The index.php is the main template file of the majority of Joomla websites. This file is responsible for loading other important files such as JavaScript, CSS, etc. and applies the same on top of each other to display the website in a cohesive manner. Due to its significance, it’s often the main target for the hackers.

To prevent your index.php file from getting compromised, it’s highly recommended that you change the permissions for the same so that no one can make changes to it. For this, you can use the Admin Tools extension to set the permissions of the file to 0444 which makes it “read-only” so that no can modify the contents of the file.

  1. Setting the file permissions on your server

All the files stored on your web server have certain permissions associated with them. These are:

  • Read privileges: user can open and read the file
  • Write privileges: user can modify the file
  • Execute privileges: user can execute system commands

To protect your Joomla template, it’s best to assign “read-only” privileges to the majority of public files. The write and execute privileges should be reserved for the website owner/designer only.

Once again, you can easily assign and modify permissions of your Joomla files by using the Admin Tools extension.

  1. Updating your template frequently

Since Joomla is one of the most popular Content Management Systems (CMS) in the world, you can find a wide range of free and premium templates for your website that’s based on the same. However, the problem is that not many templates use the Joomla update system that can inform you every time a new update is available for your current template.

Keeping your Joomla template up to date is extremely important for security and privacy purposes. This is because the updated versions often patch the vulnerabilities in the template and possibly add some new features that can enhance your website’s security.

It’s highly recommended that you check with your template provider to see if they offer any notification system of their own which can alert you when a new update is available. If there is no such service available, then you can take a “manual” approach and refer to their website to check for the “changelog” section that can tell about the new updates, if available.

  1. Using templates only from trusted sources

Most of the free Joomla templates are pretty basic in aesthetics and features. This is the reason why premium templates get sold at good prices without a problem. However, there are people who don’t want to spend money or simply don’t have the budget to invest in a high-end Joomla template. So, they get the same from a torrents website or some other unscrupulous website that simply gives away expensive templates for free. Do you wonder why that’s the case?

Remember that there is no free lunch in this world. Thus, when someone is offering premium Joomla templates for free, then more often than not, there is a catch. For instance, the template could be tampered with so that it can steal your website’s assets/resources. It could also be bundled with malware that can harm your website.

If you don’t know which websites can be trusted and offer good Joomla templates at reasonable rates, then you can always check out a good review website such as this site. Here you can find all the information you need about the best Joomla template platforms on the Internet, their pros and cons, as well as expert reviews for you to make a better decision.

  1. Taking frequent backups

No matter how many security measures you have taken, your strategy is incomplete without the last line of defense- a backup of your website.

The cybercriminals are getting smarter by the day and devising new tricks and techniques to put even the latest adware and spyware remover tools to shame and deceive the website owners. Thus, it’s possible that you make a mistake one day only to find out that your website has been hacked.  However, you can easily prepare for such kind of disaster by creating a backup of your entire website including the template, CSS files, images, etc. There are many simple and user-friendly backup extensions such as Akeeba which you can use to create a backup of your Joomla website.

When you have a backup of your website stored in a safe or off-site location, then even when the original website gets compromised, you can reset the account and launch the website once again using the copy.

Conclusion

Website hacking is still a big problem today. However, by taking appropriate measures you can minimize the risk and protect your website from all kinds of attacks. In that endeavor, the tips above should greatly help.   

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