A few years ago a site I hosted on a shared hosting server was deleted by someone who had gained entry via a hole on an unrelated site on the server. Being fairly new to web development and to Joomla I had no idea of where to start and what to look for. Steve from Alledia recommended Tom as the best in the Joomla security business and after my initial contact with him via skype it was only a matter of hours before my site was back up and running - fully loaded, locked down and ready for action.
That was a few years ago now, I've said "bye bye" to the server in question and now I thoroughly research servers that I use and tend to get a string of recommendations from people I trust before I commit to them. A lot has changed in the Joomla landscape as well - Joomla 1.0 is in the last few weeks before its official end of life, Joomla 1.5 is in its eleventh iteration and Joomla 1.6 is just around the corner - so I figured that now was a good time to catch up with Tom to get some idea of the challenges that face Joomla users in the present climate as well as some tips on how best to secure your Joomla site.