Joomla! Web Security
By Tom Canavan
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Final Release Date: October 2008
Pages: 264

In Detail

Joomla! is one of the most powerful open-source content management systems used to build websites and other powerful online applications. While Joomla! itself is inherently safe, misconfigurations, vulnerable components, poorly configured hosts, and weak passwords can all contribute to the downfall of your site. So, you need to know how to secure your website from security threats.

Today every website needs to take security into consideration. Using the knowledge here, your Joomla! site can be ahead of the security threats so prevalent today.

This book will take you all the way from the most basic steps of preparation to the nuts and bolts of actual protection. It is packed full of relevant and real-world topics such as security tools, configuration suggestions, setting up your test and development environment, reading and interpreting log files, and techniques used by bad hackers on the Internet. In addition to this you will learn how to respond to a site emergency should one occur and how to collect the evidence needed to pursue law enforcement action. This book covers Joomla! 1.0.x as well as 1.5.x.

The book provides a concise overview of all the parts needed to construct a defence-in-depth strategy for your Joomla! site. At the end of the book you will have a solid security foundation to take your Joomla! website to a higher level of security than the basic site setup.

Are you concerned about the security of your Joomla! website and you don't know what to do? - read this easy-to-use practical guide and learn how to implement strong security measures.

Book Reviews

Slashdot: "There is a ton of good information here and I recommend the book." "Technical books can be sometimes boring, especially when they talk about things you already know. This is not the case with Joomla! Web Security. I enjoyed Tom Canavan's detached writing style and I learned some interesting things that I applied to all my Joomla! websites. What I especially liked was the fact that the book discusses not only the Joomla! part of a website but also the server side and gives some nice hosting tips. If you're a junior or intermediate Joomla! user I would highly recommend it."

JoomlaNYC: "This is "a must" read book for all people that care about the security of a website. The book offers an excellent primer on basic web-security. It is written for the person who has not yet mastered the skills needed to properly secure a website."


This book will give you a strong, hands-on approach to security. It starts out with the most basic of considerations such as choosing the right hosting sites then moves quickly into securing the Joomla! site and servers. This is a security handbook for Joomla! sites. It is an easy-to-use guide that will take you step by step into the world of secured websites.

Who this book is for

This book is a must-read for anyone seriously using Joomla! for any kind of business, ranging from small retailers to larger businesses. With this book they will be able to secure their sites, understand the attackers, and more, without the drudging task of looking up in forums, only to be flamed, or not even find the answers.

Prior knowledge of Joomla! is expected but no prior knowledge of securing websites is needed for this book. The reader will gain a moderate to strong level of knowledge on strengthening their sites against hackers.

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