Today, jomDefender 1.2 is released with support for Joomla 1.5, 1.6 and 1.7.
The following features have been added:
File integrity checks
When enabled this function will go through all of the files in your Joomla installation. It will check size, ownership, permissions, last modified time and file checksum, all this information is stored in the database. Each time the cronjob is ran it will check the files for any differences. If any file is different than previously checked, an email will go out with information to the administrator. This information can be used to alert of any hacked files or new files in the system. Continue reading
In case you have not heard, Joomla 1.7 will be released on July 19, 2011. This is the first release under Joomla’s new 6-month release schedule.
1. Should I update my Joomla 1.6 site to Joomla 1.7?
Absolutely you should. In fact, you must. Joomla 1.6 will reach the end of its life in August 2011, just a month away. After that, Joomla 1.6 will have no further security updates, meaning that if a security problem is discovered, it will not be addressed. And that means if your site is hacked due to a 1.6 vulnerability, you will have no recourse to fix the site, other than to move it to 1.7 anyway. You might as well move it sooner than later!
Oh, and upgrading from 1.6 to 1.7 is designed to be a very simple, one-click process. Continue reading