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SECURITY ALERT: Website Defacement on Joomla

Last modified: May 17, 2021
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SECURITY ALERT: Website Defacement on Joomla

Our Security team received a number of alerts about website defacement on Joomla websites.

Therefore, we would like to propose to you some precautions to take in order to prevent website defacement:

1)  Update your Joomla components from time to time. Find the latest version HERE.

2) Do not install older Joomla themes/components/addons on newer a Joomla version. Although the Joomla system is allowed to do so we do not recommend such installations (e.g you have Joomla 2.5 but install a Joomla component for version 2.3).

3) Remove or Delete any unused Joomla components or add-ons.

4) Change the Joomla default administrator username with another username. Default username: “admin”.

5) Change your Joomla administrator password on a periodic basis. Recommended: once every month.

6) Make sure all the File permissions are correct. File’s Permission:  644 while Folder’s permission: 755. As for the “Configuration.php” file, change permission to 444.

7) Back up your Joomla on a periodic basis. Recommended: at least once every month.

If you experience any issues, feel free to get back to us.
Thank you.

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