WYNCHCO Blog

Our WYNCHCO Blog is written for customers and Joomla! users across Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, North West England & the UK.

Keep up to speed with the latest web security threats

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Today sees another scary announcement about a zero-day vulnerability affecting a popular web browser.

This time the news affects users of the FIREFOX web browser.

Read more: Firefox Releases Critical Patch Update.

But only a few weeks ago the news affected GOOGLE CHROME users.

How can you possibly keep up to speed with the latest developments so that you can act promptly to stay safe when browsing the web?

And in the process protect your website and computer operating system, not to mention your bank account!

You could subscribe to 'The Hacker News' newsletter

We recently signed up to 'The Hacker News' newsletter to keep up to speed with the latest security threats.

We recommend you do the same.

You can sign up when you visit the link below.

Predicting internet trends isn't easy but can be fun!

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Being INNOVATIVE and CREATIVE is essential to be able to design for and support users of websites built around the constantly evolving Joomla! CMS.

It is my interest in both which, in retrospect, first drew my attention to the predictions for the future of the web made by an organisation called NESTA (who's watchword = innovation).

And prompted me to post here a link to NESTA's predictions for the year ahead back at the end of 2016.

Since then almost three years have sped by during which there have indeed been many changes.

What did NESTA predict for 2017?

In 2016 NESTA's predictions for the year ahead included the following snazzy titles:

  • Vegetarian food gets bloodthirsty
  • The Splinternet
  • Web icon cut by scissors
  • Computer says no: the backlash
  • How Brexit turned the UK German

Read more: NESTA's 10 Predictions for 2017.

How did the predictions fare?

Read more: 2017 How did we do?

And what about NESTA's predictions for 2018, 2019 and beyond?

For a stimulating and entertaining read whilst taking a break from editing your website, I recommend the following links.

Wishing you a Happy Password Day!

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2nd May mark's this year's World Password Day.

Which we are happy to support.

Check out the OFFICIAL Password Day website at: www.passwordday.org.

It does have a USA focus - no UK equivalent as far as we are aware - but some useful pointers and some interesting links.

For example, the website explores:

  • how to LAYER UP, and
  • the meaning of TWO FACTOR AUTHENTICATION.

We would encourage you to find out about both and to NOT use any financial provider's website which does not offer these additional levels of security when you sign in.

You can add Two Factor Authentication to any Joomla! website, either by:

  • using the two factor plugin included with Joomla! 3, or
  • installing & configuring a Web Application Firewall (recommended).

You should also of course use a complex unique password for every website you sign into.

NEVER use the same password twice.

Grab your .UK domain before it is too late!

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Just a quick reminder that the .UK extension introduced by Nominet in 2014, will be made available to anyone with effect from 25 June 2019.

Until that date, registrants of the .CO.UK domain extension have priority.

So if your domain is .CO.UK and you want to grab the .UK version, maybe to protect your brand, do so ASAP.

Visit the following link for more information.

Bringing the Joomla! 3 Update History up to date!

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Since 2015 the average number of updates issued by the Joomla! Project has been 10 per year.

Approximately HALF of these updates have been SECURITY fixes.

Timeline

2019 Jan - Apr: 4 updates (ALL security fixes).

2018: 12 updates (6 bug fix & 6 security fixes).

2017: 10 updates (4 bug fix & 6 security fixes).

2016: 8 updates (5 bug fix & 3 security fixes).

2015: 9 updates (5 bug fix & 4 security fixes).

Miss critical security updates at your peril.

Be proactive or engage the services of someone who will be proactive on your behalf.