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.
One of the reasons for the success behind Joomla and Wordpress is they give website owners the ability to extend a website with Extensions. The Joomla Extension Directory (at the time of writing) contains 6,238 extensions. An incredible number of bolt-on features and functionality. However, it can be difficult to sort the good from the bad.
We've all heard that we need a strong username and password to secure the Joomla Administrator. But, nobody's going to guess your password, right? Well... Your login area could be under attack at this very moment by bots systematically bombarding it with thousands of username and password combinations. Here's a 2 minute exercise to see if your site is experiencing "Brute Force" attacks.
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.