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Welcome to the Hello Design Family, Jill!
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For the longest time now, we haven’t been able to play YouTube video. Vimeo works fine. No problems with other streaming media. Just YouTube. Click on a video and that dreaded An error has occurred. Please try again later message was the result. The standard fixes didn’t work. Nobody keeps their software more up to date than we do. Our internet connection is faster than 80% of connections world wide. We have been stumped for months.
The solution? Well, it turns out that Google doesn’t like the DNS servers our ISP uses. They want us to use the Google public DNS servers. The fix was simple. Simply change the DNS servers in your TCP/IP properties to the Google ones and viola! YouTube again!
For those of you that know how to do this, the server addresses are:
The Google Public DNS IP addresses (IPv4) are as follows:
The Google Public DNS IPv6 addresses are as follows:
If you use a router, you can change the router’s settings to use these servers too, and that will cover every connected device. Consult your individual router’s manual.
Because Joomla! is open source, the code is available to everyone, including hackers. As most security experts will tell you, there is no such thing as a 100% secure website. The best we can do is to block the holes we know about, and hope that the rats don’t gnaw another one any time soon.•
The point is, that most hackers are amateurs, and for the most part are looking for easy entrance. If the site has been hardened by a decent .htaccess file, a firewall, and good security monitoring**, it isn’t worth the trouble to continue, because what’s inside isn’t worth the trouble. If we do a proper job of hardening our sites, we will deter 99% of the hackers. The other 1% has bigger fish to fry.
The best advice the police can give to deter auto breakins also applies to websites – “Don’t leave valuables in your car (or website).” Use offsite credit card processing. Don’t store any more sensitive information than what’s absolutely necessary. Above all, have good insurance – in the form of recent, timely backups, so that if the un-thinkable happens, you can be back in business in the shortest possible time.
Like everything in life, nothing is safe, but we can turn the odds in our favour with a small amount of effort.
* It’s important to keep your website software up to date, because most times, the good guys will discover vulnerabilities before the bad guys do.
** Hello Design Studio is a proud reseller of Sucuri.net malware services. For a small yearly fee, we will monitor your website for suspected malware 24/7, and manually clean your site if the unthinkable happens. More information here: http://is.gd/yFyrxC
Written by Alan Langford | Thursday, 01 August 2013 | Published in 2013 August
According to W3Techs, as of the beginning of July 2013, 63% of all Joomla sites are running version 1.x. Of these, some 92% are running version 1.5. That works out to a rather large 58% of all Joomla sites running 1.5! The other 5% are mostly version 1.6 and 1.7. [Aside: if your site is one of those 5% please just upgrade now. It's not going to be that painful and you are a sitting duck for hackers. By "now" I mean stop reading this and go upgrade. Seriously.] So why is the number so high? There are usually a long list of factors, and most of them are valid. Here are the ones I hear regularly:
Every web site is different, so each of the reasons above can be more or less relevant depending on circumstances. At one end of the spectrum is the hobby site that generates no revenue, and doesn’t have much traffic. A site that could be off line for a few weeks or months and not suffer. I’m going to exclude them from this discussion.
For everyone else, the question to ask is “what’s the cost of having my site suddenly go to an ‘under construction’ page?” What’s the monetary value? What’s the value of lost reputation? Take a serious look at your situation and try to come up with a reasonable number. Compare this with the cost of upgrading your site. If the numbers are close, it’s probably a good idea to start budgeting. If the cost is significantly higher than upgrading, find the budget now because it’s time to start planning!
Here’s the key issue: the technologies that Joomla uses, most significantly PHP, are also changing over time.
To put it clearly: there is no currently supported version of PHP that will run Joomla 1.5! While that shouldn’t be panic-inducing, it is not something to be ignored. There’s a lot of code out there (not just Joomla) that will have problems running under PHP 5.4, and lots of hosting companies will continue to support it, including Abivia. But – and this is a big one – sooner or later your host is going to send out a notice saying that they’re moving to PHP 5.4 or 5.5. Depending on the host, you’re likely to get anywhere between a week to 90 days notice. Even at 90 days, that’s a pretty tight timeline for a mid-range site, particularly if you want to throw in a redesign at the same time.
This problem is made particularly challenging by the fact that the PHP folks chose to stick with the same major version number, even though they made some major changes to the language. There are some hosts who are just now retiring PHP 4. This was made possible because hosts could run PHP 4 in parallel with PHP 5. By not making recent versions PHP 6 and PHP 7, this mechanism is no longer available. If a host wants to support 5.4, they have to drop support for 5.3 at the same time.
So put your finger on the calendar a month from today, whatever day you happen to be reading this. Imagine that at the same moment you’re doing that, you get a notice from your host saying “PHP 5.3 will not longer supported after…” and substitute the date under your finger. If that makes you uncomfortable, then it’s time to start planning your upgrade!
Toronto based developer, Open Source Advocate, deeply committed to the Joomla project. Founding member of Joomla Security Team, former develeopment team and JBS member, etc., etc.
Design is a critical strategic asset that is most effective when employed early in corporate plans, not as a decorative finality.