thoughts and opinions on the business of building websites


As the world is well aware, thanks to the onslaught of "We've updated our privacy policy" emails, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect on 25 May, 2018. Anybody, with customers or users in the EU needs to ensure their website and privacy procedures are compliant. With the upcoming release of Joomla 3.9 and 3.10 that is about to get a whole lot easier.

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On March 23, 2018, a dangerous, privacy destroying piece of legislation was deceitfully signed into law in the US that affects everybody globally. The CLOUD Act was quietly hidden in the 2,232 page omnibus spending bill. Senators had 24 hours to review the bill. Almost none did. There was no argument, no debate, no analysis. This dangerous legislation is now law.

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If you are a maintenance client of Joomstore you may have noticed we have applied 3 separate Joomla updates to your site over the past few weeks. 

Joomla released version 3.4.6 on December 14 to address a security vulnerability discovered in PHP. Hackers discovered a way to exploit this vulnerability in Joomla. The issue was further addressed by Joomla with patch 3.4.7 and then 3.4.8 on Christmas eve which we applied that day.

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You may remember the hysteria a couple years back. The Aztec calendar was coming to its millennium-long conclusion on December 2012, planets were aligning, the world was going to end, they made a ridiculous movie, we were all… going… to die…

Then nothing happened. Oh, well.  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

For those in the internet world, the lead up to “Mobilegeddon” was much the same. Lots was said, tech blogs warned of the coming SEO disaster, the #mobilegeddon hashtag was trending on twitter, people were panicking about the profitability of their websites come April 21.

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