Returning to WordCamp Miami this weekend was like a homecoming for me. I first attended in 2013 where I met many of the people I now call my friends and colleagues. These connections also eventually led to my current Open Source Community Manager position with SiteLock. Although I’ve been in the WordPress space since 2005, these past five years have seen massive growth in both the software we all know and love, and for me professionally.
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We know updates are important! We also know updates can potentially break your site. When your LIVE SITE breaks, it’s a huge deal and can be time consuming and costly to fix – both in terms of technical support, and lost revenue. A much better solution is to first do your updates on a version of your site that ISN’T live, a site that is an exact duplicate of your live site. A site that can break without causing pandemonium in your life. This site is called a Staging Site, and it’s the recommended way to make updates and changes before doing them on Live.
On March 13, 2018, Joomla! released a security update in version 3.8.6. This update addresses a SQLi vulnerability found in the User Notes component. The notes section allowed for malicious code to be passed to the database. The update released by Joomla! limits input into the notes field to plain text and disallowing code. It is highly recommended that Joomla! users update their applications as soon as possible to address this vulnerability and avoid possible compromises. Thanks to its included continuous scanning, SiteLock Infinity users will have their applications patched quickly and automatically.
In addition to the SQLi vulnerability fix, version 3.8.6 included 60 other bug fixes and feature updates including:
- Session management improvements
- Hide configuration and system information from non-super users
- Delete existing passwords when user passwords are changed
- PHP 7.2 compatibility fixes
In order to take advantage of bug fixes and improved features, users must complete the full version upgrade even if they have patching services.
If you’re interested in automated patching services for your Joomla! site, contact us today and ask about SiteLock Infinity. We are available 24/7 at 855.378.6200.
Hello from SiteLock, your website security experts. We keep websites like yours safe and secure from cybercriminals.
We understand that when a website attack occurs, it can feel confusing, overwhelming, and sometimes catastrophic. Don’t worry, we’re here to help! SiteLock partners with hundreds of web hosts and will fix your website fast and make sure it’s protected from future cyberattacks.
Let us walk you through the SiteLock experience and show you why over 12 million websites trust SiteLock.
If you’re someone who builds websites for clients, you’ve probably learned that offering (or requiring) monthly maintenance contracts is smart business. This ensures a steady income stream you can rely on and helps with financial forecasting. It’s likely you’re including core software, plugin and theme updates as part of your maintenance plan, but are you including website security as part of your project proposal and scope?
Updates to your WordPress site become available all the time, whether these are updates to Core, Themes, or Plugins. Since many updates build off each other, the longer you wait to update, the greater the risk of something going wrong. Smaller incremental updates makes it easier to identify and fix an issue if there is one.
At SiteLock, we are extremely passionate about giving back to the communities where we live and work. We are especially dedicated to supporting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs for schools in need, and helping to inspire the next generation of technology innovators and pioneers!
In 2015, SiteLock established the Digital Kids Fund to help support technology-based projects at local schools in Arizona. For every SiteLock product purchased by WordPress customers, SiteLock donates $1 to the fund.
Wait just a minute. A Joomla! event recap on a WordPress blog? Why? The better question is why not? At SiteLock, we’re big fans of all Open Source software and the amazing communities built around them. The Joomla! CMS is no exception. That’s why we sponsored and spoke at JoomlaDayFL this past weekend. It was an amazing event filled with informative sessions and a heavy focus on communicating the benefits and use cases of the software, and the larger community that surrounds it.
Gearing up for another annual spring cleaning? Add a digital deep clean to your to-do list! Our hosts, Jessica Ortega and Ramuel Gall, share easy and valuable tips for conducting a digital spring clean of your website and everyday devices. With their help, you’ll be able to spring into the rest of the year with updated and more secure devices!