Joomla sites have been very commonly witnessing brute-force attacks lately. Now, the one thing that is required to be known by every website owner is the fact that these hackers have a huge farm of computers hacked by them. And this means that a gigantic brute-force attack could be coordinated on a website, using these computers.
Brute-force attacks: What are they?
Sites like Wikipedia and many other explain the meaning in many different ways. However, one of the many ways to explain it is, brute-force attack means, your website administrator is forced attacked by using multiple number of username and password combinations that it can procure.
Now, having such attack is a concern in the first place, however these is one other thing that often comes as trouble with these attacks. The first thing being the inconvenience of someone else with super administrative rights snooping around in your Joomla admin page. The other however, is the fact that, every time such attacks take place, a lot of the capacity of your server is taken away.
Tips to protect your Joomla site from brute-force attacks:
There are many things that could be done to save a site from brute-force attacks, which includes, blocking site access, or creating usernames and passwords that are more complex and longer thereby refusing people to find an easy way to get through the site.
Let us explain these points to you in detail:
Username and passwords:
It has always been mentioned that to avoid unnecessary attacks on your mail or site or anything that calls for password protection, the username and the password has to be complex and difficult to come up with.
People have always been stressing on the importance of keeping the passwords strong and complex and difficult to guess, same goes with usernames as well, they are equally important. When it comes to your site, make it a habit of avoiding the use of ’admin’ or ’administrator’ as username. Prefer choosing a different username for each site. Every smallest attempt to avoid these attacks will definitely come handy.
Easy management of the passwords:
The other thing that needs to be kept in mind while trying to avoid these attacks is the simple fact that you cannot escape these attacks if you keep a single password for all your sign-ins. However complex the password is, we don’t care, you still should keep separate passwords for every single sign-in.
Now, there definitely is a concern of remembering all these passwords. It’s difficult, we agree. However, there are other simple ways of managing these passwords, one of them being the use of tools to manage these passwords, like LastPass.com or 1Password or any other authentic password management tool.
Blocking unnecessary access:
Other tried and tested method for avoiding such attacks is, blocking unnecessary access to the server or website based on the range of the IP or the attackers IP in specific. There are many known ways of doing so, includingblocking the IPs in your firewall which is only possible if you are on your own network or a dedicated server, using .htaccess blocking or through Joomla extensions.
Joomla extensions are also a great option as they make sure you get to block an IP after a certain number of failed password attempts. These extensions also allow you to set the duration for the block to be effective.
Brute-force attacks are very common and something that has to be lived with. Now, the attacks are going to happen, that is true, however, taking preventions and ensuring it does no harm to your site or data is the best possible scenario, and the above mentioned points are definitely the best solution when it comes to precaution.