WYNCHCO Blog

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

World Backup Day 2020

joomla support coach trainer cheshire manchester merseyside uk31 March 2020 sees the return of this annual event.

Recent events underscore the importance of RESILIENCE, the ability to cope when faced with a crisis.

One kind of crisis experienced by victims of hackers is the loss of personal data.

Whilst you may be able to quickly and easily change passwords following such an experience, it may not be possible to recover lost data.

Safer Internet Day 2020

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11 February 2020 sees the return of this annual event.

If you work with young people or vulnerable adults then you might like to get behind this initiative.

We would also recommend that all parents of children of any age take a look at the resources available at the link below.

Download an information pack and discover how to get involved at the following link.

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.

Ask your hosting company for PHP 7.2

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PHP 7.0 reached its end of life in December 2018.

And the developer now only provides support for PHP 7.1 on an as-needed basis in response to critical security issues - until later this year.

On the other hand, PHP 7.2 will be actively supported by the developer until November 2019, and security supported until November 2020.

Joomla! 3.9 CMS is compatible with PHP 7.2. 

More reasons to switch to using PHP 7.2

PHP 7.2 provides a significant performance boost for Joomla! websites:

  • Improved performance, including page load speed.
  • Significant reduction in memory usage, meaning more users can be served at any one time.

Read more: Which versions of PHP are still supported?

Read more: About PHP.

Need help gearing up for GDPR?

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GDPR: General Data Protection Regulations

Last month I posed the question "How might GDPR affect any business or organisation?".

I also recommended that small business owners learn from how larger organisations are adopting the new privacy regulations.

To this end I have been monitoring the plethora of GDPR related emails arriving in my inbox from suppliers and service providers over the past few weeks.

freeagent dark 180x150Whilst most are the usual ya-de-da (and amount to nothing better than spam), a gold nugget arrived in my inbox this morning from the provider of our cloud accounting package: FREEAGENT.

I recommend that you read the blog post by Richard Grey (FreeAgent) and then take a look at their GDPR Policy Statement.

Read on to see the links: