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Are form submissions safe after submission? 2 weeks 4 days ago #242856

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A client has forms that collect personal information about people who submit them. These are obviously stored as records in the Joomla admin. Are these encrypted or secured in any way?

The have SSL encryption, but because CMS platforms like Joomla and WordPress are hacked regularly, how can we protect that data?

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Are form submissions safe after submission? 2 weeks 4 days ago #242857

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Hi,

it is (very) unusual to perform additional encryption on database fields simply because it makes no sense.

On every read operation, you would need to pass a key to decode them. Besides the extra computation power, an attacker who is acting on database level already would have no problems to listen for such a key and collect the data anyway.

Instead make sure that you always use the latest supported Joomla, PHP and Mysql versions (in terms of security updates, not necessarily cutting edge versions).

Use as few 3rd party extensions as possible and keep them updated frequently.

Many websites also use phpmyadmin in subfolders, adding another risk of being hacked. Such tools should always be behind closed curtains of a cpanel.

What your customer also could do is, exporting the data frequently into CSV files (manage records), store them in a safe place and delete the ones from the database. This lowers the risk of too much data making it to public if the worst-case happens.

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Markus
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Are form submissions safe after submission? 2 weeks 4 days ago #242858

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[SOLVED] OK thank you for the quick response.

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