Why you must upgrade your Joomla website

If your site uses Joomla version 1.5, 2.5 or an out dated version of 3.5 it is not fully secure.

It's a sad fact of life online that hackers continue to multiply like insects in summer.

In the six month period recently, 100,000 websites were compromised by one single spam attack.

hacker codeAny popular web software is at risk, for example the popular Wordpress is one of the most vulnerable.

What do they do ?

It varies but commonly includes any of the following:

  • Using your website to send out millions of spam emails.
  • Hosting fake bank 'phishing' web pages. These are designed to steal people's bank details.
  • Defacing your website - sometimes with offensive images.
  • Recruit your website to a botnet army. That is, it can be remotely used in a Distributed Denial Of Service (DDOS) attack.

Indeed, you may already have been hacked and be unaware of it.

What is the answer ?

As fast as the bad guys hack, the good guys patch. The trick is to stay right up to date with the latest software.

Upgrading Joomla

upgrade joomlaFrom Joomla 2.5 onwards, upgrading to the latest version of Joomla and also the latest versions of any installed components has been made very simple. Often a single-click upgrade is possible from your Administrator area.

Unfortunately, getting from Joomla 1.5 to Joomla 2.5 or 3.5 involves a fairly complicated migration.

If you are a confident Joomla user, you may like to just follow these step by step video instructions to migrate from Joomla 1.5 to Joomla 3.

Typically a simple, non-ecommerce website with few additional components will be easier to migrate than a more hand-made site with lots of template and function extras.

A lot will depend on if your installed components and your template are available in Joomla 3 versions.

We are keen to help you upgrade at the best possible cost and we'll give you a fixed price quotation so you can decide what you'd like to do. Just Contact Us here.

So we stick with Joomla ?

The latest Joomla versions are very strong and with the simple upgrade process which now exists, we'd definately recommend you stick with Joomla.

You may decide to use this opportunity to revamp your site.

It's not impossible to recover from a hacking incident but it can be expensive and you may also be added to blacklists. That can really harm your business.

Please do the upgrades yourself, contact your local web developers or ask us to upgrade for you.

Whatever you decide, please don't ignore this.

Finally...

A lot of bad software (malware) finds it's way on to your website via your own computer. It is vitally important to keep your home antivirus and antimalware products right up to date and run them often.

The final piece of the puzzle is to ensure your website is hosted in a secure environment and that it's configuration is optimised for security. We offer a powerful forensic audit service to ensure your website is as protected from attack as possible, please ask us for details.

If you have any questions, or if you have been hacked, please contact us asap.

We will give you fair and genuine advice.

Paul Jenkins. AISweb.

 

 

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