With Joomla, it is not difficult to get security alerts, and they happen automatically. Whether they are annoying or serious, most users simply turn them off, without understanding how Joomla Security Audit logs all occurrences of security incidents in the system. In fact, you can set up a visual display of suspicious or dangerous elements in your system.

These malicious codes can be hidden in any part of the website – code or image. At this time, most of these incidents are occurring from “hackers”. They pose as one of your users, and have gained access to your server through a software flaw that you have either overlooked or never considered.

Joomla Security Audit displays the content of the website in detail. This includes the location of each code or image and the source code (unpatched), to which it has been attached. It also enables you to choose one of three options: allow/disable the code, list the websites that contain such code or the blocked locations.

When you do not want to risk having such malicious code on your site, you can remove it by clicking on the trace button. This will turn it into a ‘Trace’ action. You can either enter all the details manually or copy the code and paste it into the file you want to extract, e.g.

You can also change the settings so that all traces are displayed as safe options. This feature allows you to perform regular security audits on your own system, by choosing whether all code traces should be turned into safe options. The various options available are limited to simple, trace, whitelist and blacklist.

The primary function of security audits is to identify patterns of codes that were used to perform unauthorized actions. Since every browser displays different codes, identifying specific traces is not possible. These traces include those found when various elements from your code or layout are inserted by other third party applications.

Not all such traces will be shown by the Joomla Security Audit. Depending on the design of your Joomla installation, there are many issues that cannot be analyzed. But you can, if you wish, simply exclude some such elements from the results list.

One easy way to do this is to use the extra search tool that Joomla provides. This will allow you to narrow down the list of possible traces and give you a better chance of finding those that need attention.

The list of possible traces that are excluded is, as a general rule, taken from popular email servers. They include people who send emails from the same address, send spam emails, use a single IP address, and in general make sure that their server is uncluttered. Besides such regular components, the list also includes numerous exploits which may have been found in the system.

You can check the list of traces and then select the ones that are more likely to cause a problem. If you are not satisfied with this, you can get in touch with the developer and ask him to fix those elements in your system. Of course, you should be ready to pay for such functionality if you decide to do so.

As soon as you are able to identify traces that require attention, you can take action with Joomla Security Audit. You will have an opportunity to accept/reject the changes that have been made or get your program to log the event. Of course, you need to be aware that you will have to pay for this function.

You can avoid paying for all your security needs by having Joomla Security Audit in place. By taking advantage of this, you can avoid serious problems by allowing malicious code to run unchecked and be protected against accidental threats. This is a useful tool that you should be sure to utilize every time you have a Joomla installation.