Joomla 3.7

WordPress is the current king of Content Management Systems, but there are others, including Joomla. Web sites built on popular CMS software are enticing targets for malicious hackers, because the people who manage such sites often lack the skills to keep them secure. Keeping a CMS-based site secure mainly involves keeping the CMS software up to date.

Joomla 3.7 — released yesterday — includes over 700 improvements, eight of which are related to security. Several of the security vulnerabilities addressed affect versions of Joomla going back to 1.5 and 2.5.

Joomla 1.0 through 2.5 are no longer supported. If you’re running a site that uses those older versions of Joomla, you should upgrade to 3.7 as soon as possible, as the site is otherwise likely to be hacked.

If you run a Joomla 3.x site, you should update it to 3.7 as soon as possible. If your site currently runs Joomla 3.6.x, it’s a single click update, so there’s no excuse not to do it.

About jrivett

Jeff Rivett has worked with and written about computers since the early 1980s. His first computer was an Apple II+, built by his father and heavily customized. Jeff's writing appeared in Computist Magazine in the 1980s, and he created and sold a game utility (Ultimaker 2, reviewed in the December 1983 Washington Apple Pi Journal) to international markets during the same period. Proceeds from writing, software sales, and contract programming gigs paid his way through university, earning him a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) degree at UWO. Jeff went on to work as a programmer, sysadmin, and manager in various industries. There's more on the About page, and on the Jeff Rivett Consulting site.

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