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Keep Hackers Out of Your Drupal Website


Keep Hackers Out of Your Drupal Website

You need to be using Drupal for your website’s security and hacking protection. Seriously. Drupal has core capability to resist most hacking attempts, plus a lot more. If it’s good enough for the White House’s website, you can be sure it’s good enough for yours.

Sometimes websites can be made more vulnerable when they add modules and apps. Fortunately, a dedicated Drupal Security Team is ever vigilant, serving the Drupal community by reacting promptly to counteract any attempts to breach the security of the platform.

Of all CMS platforms, Drupal has the best built-in functionality for website security. This is usually more than adequate to protect sites from most threats and vulnerabilities. In addition, there are a number of modules you can install to bolster core security and protect your site from hackers.

The beauty of it all is that these Drupal security modules are FREE!

Password Policy

The Password Policy module enables you to set a policy for password creation across your organization, including the length and alphanumeric nature of the password. The module includes an expiration feature that impels users to set new passwords regularly and prevents reusing old passwords. It gives your site administrator the flexibility to set password policies for all users, distinct user groups or individuals.

Login Security

Login Security allows your site administrator to set limits to the number of failed login attempts. You can impose a temporary or permanent block on any offending IP address. You can also configure the module to notify you if someone uses brute force to hack your Drupal website.

Two-factor Authentication

This module allows you to enforce two-factor authentication (TFA) for your Drupal site. It adds another layer of security to the login process. Aside from the normal login requirement of user name and password, TFA requires verification of a one-time password (OTP) as well. Should a hacker gain access to the user’s password, OTP verification will stop him in his tracks.

Security Review

Security Review performs automated testing of a variety of security issues at the push of a button:

  • Test for system permissions to prevent arbitrary access execution.
  • Provide protection against brute force and phishing attacks.
  • Check effectiveness of user access control.
  • Disallow input tags that would enable XSS.
  • Check the user database for errors and failed login attempts.
  • Secure private files.

Update Manager

This is an essential module to keep your website secure and manage security updates. You can track every security update that Drupal publishes, along with notification of vulnerabilities and fixes. Update Manager allows you to manually check your log for updates or set the module to notify you once an update is published.

Secure Pages Hijack Prevention

This Drupal add-on module allows you to add an extra layer of security to protect your most vulnerable pages. It prevents hijack sessions from gaining access to SSL pages containing sensitive and personal information. Although non-SSL pages may still be accessed, you can be sure that the most important pages of your website are secure.

Security Kit

Security Kit provides you with options to reduce the risk of exploitation and prevent attacks via:

  • Cross-site scripting
  • Cross-site request forgery
  • Clickjacking

With all these modules, you can close the door firmly on Drupal hacking attempts that compromise your website security.

If you are concerned about your Drupal website’s security, contact leading Drupal experts who can evaluate your website and become your partners in developing, updating and protecting your entire online presence and livelihood.

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