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Joomla 1.5 upgrade – urgent action required to prevent hacking

An important shout out to anyone using a Joomla 1.5 CMS (Content Management System), you need to be aware that the 1.5 version has not been supported since April 2012 and is actively being targetted by hackers.

There have been no security updates or bug fixes since that date, and it means your website is more than likely going to get hacked one day in the near future.

 

We have been getting inundated with people needing urgent help with their sites being compromised. You are highly likely to end up having troubles of some sort if you don’t make the move to getting it upgraded and there is some possibility the hacking attempt may corrupt or delete web content which will mean the remedy will be more expensive.

But arguably the scariest part of your website being hacked is the damage it may do to your website’s rankings and your business name if the site does something like this:

http://www.google.com/webmasters/hacked/ This is far from a good look to your potential/existing customers.

Why do these sites get hacked? Sometimes hackers are looking for notoriety, sometimes they are looking for a way to host content they don’t want to pay for (usually the unsavoury kind) and they use your hosting space and your bandwidth to display their spam content.

The larger the number of websites using Joomla (or other Content Management Systems like Drupal or WordPress) the more havoc they can wreak by finding a common weakness to exploit. Once they find that weakness they write “robot” code to check websites for that vulnerability and then bring the site down or post their content to it.

Often you may not even know the site is peddling this content until you notice a significant slowdown in your site’s response time, or you end up slugged with a bill from your hosting company for excess bandwidth, or you see a warning on Google like the above link.

Get in touch with us urgently if you have a Joomla 1.5 website so we can advise the best path forward before you REALLY need us. An upgrade to Joomla 2.5 or Joomla 3.0 will most likely be able to be made mobile-responsive along the way, so there is another good reason to get it done urgently.

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