Just like any other technology, the languages that websites are written in and the platforms that they are built on are constantly evolving. This means that there will come a time when your website needs to be updated due to changes to the language or the platform in order to avoid any potential website security risks.
Platforms that websites are built on, such as Coldfusion, WordPress, Drupal, etc., are often updated to newer versions, which then sets an “end-of-life” date for the previous version. When that date comes, the old version is no longer supported. From that point on, security patches and fixes are no longer provided. If a vulnerability is discovered in an older version, it can be used against anything still using the old software.
That’s why it is important for your website to be updated because any outdated technology can put you at risk and open your website up to issues with security. The potential security risks increase with the age of the site and platform.
Benefits of Updating
A website update not only lowers the chance of your site being exposed to security issues but it also includes new features and better efficiency in most cases. Staying on top of updates strengthens the framework of the site while also reducing the risk of a security breach, credit card fraud, information theft, and downtime.
There are many benefits to keeping your site up to date, including protecting the security of your brand and the customers who use your website. By prioritizing website security, you will be improving your customer experience and reducing the potential risks associated with a website that is built on a platform that is no longer supported and/or is in an environment that doesn’t support newer programming languages.
If you’re interested in updating your website and increasing your site’s security, contact Starkmedia today. We’re happy to discuss any updates your site might need or if a replatform is right for you.