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How do I choose a secure Joomla! 3.x extension?

How do I choose a secure Joomla! 3.x extension?

Joomla! 3.x can be used as a platform for building a vast variety of websites. This invokes the necessity for different functionalities to be implemented into the application, which in turn is achieved with installing extensions.

When building a website with Joomla! 3.x, it is of critical importance to decide which extensions you would like to install on your website. Note that a single insecure extension can compromise your whole website. Taking into consideration the following guidelines will help you choose secure extensions for your Joomla! 3.x:

  • When was the last version of the chosen extension released

This is important because outdated components which have not been updated for a year or more tend to be abandoned projects and as such, they pose a security risk for your website

  • What is the stage of development of the extension

We advise you to always choose stable versions of the components and NOT Beta, Alpha, RC (Release Candidate) ones because generally the non-stable versions have not been as thoroughly tested for any security holes as the stable ones

  • Does the extension have a good support community

The larger the support community for a given extension is, the better and faster any bugs/security flaws are discovered and fixed.

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