IN THIS CHAPTER
Security best practices
Keeping up with security notices
Managing site maintenance
Upgrading a Joomla! installation
Site security and change managements are two critical issues for site owners and administrators. This chapter looks at security best practices for Joomla! and provides advice and tips on how to set up your Joomla! site in a secure manner and thereafter keep it secure.
Keeping your site patched and up to date is one of the keys to maintaining your site's integrity and protecting it against hackers. Accordingly, this chapter also discusses basic back up and upgrade processes. Management of upgrades and patches can be time consuming, particularly for complex sites with numerous extensions. Accordingly, adoption of a formalized process for handling these recurrent issues is your best bet for decreasing your site management overhead.
Creating and maintaining a secure web site requires attention to a variety of issues. The process starts at server setup and continues throughout the life of the site. There is no such thing as a site you can create and forget; no such thing as a site that takes care of itself. To keep your site safe you must take affirmative steps and you must develop an awareness of the issues. Although you cannot protect yourself from every conceivable threat, you can reduce the vulnerability of your site to a manageable level with a reasonable amount of effort.
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