Privacy Policy updates and GDPR compliance

Like many web services, Watchful has been busy making changes to address the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) set to go into effect in the European Union on May 25, 2018. Here at Watchful, we are working towards GDPR compliance in four main areas: Obtaining consent from users to collect and store personal information Creating…

New Watchful clients and SSO plugin enhance encryption

We have recently released new versions of our Joomla Client (v1.12.2), WordPress Client (v1.0.2) & the SSO Plugin for Joomla (v1.3). New Joomla & WordPress Clients The updated Joomla and WordPress clients improve the way we authenticate calls from the Watchful server so as to avoid a theoretical timing attack: http://php.net/manual/en/function.hash-hmac.php#111435). New SSO Plugin The new…

Downtime scheduled for April 3, 2017

Watchful will have a planned outage on April 3, 2017 in order to complete the previously announced migration to Amazon Web Services. We expect the maintenance period to last no more than three hours. It is scheduled to begin at 7:00 UTC (2:00 AM Milwaukee, USA and 09:00 Lausanne, Switzerland). To prepare for migration, be sure…

WordPress support officially launches for Watchful – the webmasters toolbox

Effective immediately, Watchful now officially supports backups, updates, monitoring, and maintenance for websites powered by WordPress. Support for WordPress has been a common request from existing Watchful users who primarily use Joomla as well as longtime WordPress users who are looking for a simpler and more affordable solution for website management than currently on the…

5 things you’ll love about the new Watchful Dashboard

As some of you have now noticed by now, the Watchful Dashboard has recently gotten the makeover we first previewed earlier this year. This is the fourth version of the Watchful Dashboard and we think you’re going to love using it. Here’s some reasons why. 1. Customizable content Undoubtedly, the most exciting change is the ability…

YubiKey support added for website management Dashboard

Today we are pleased to announce that YubiKey support has been added as a 2-factor authentication method for protecting your Watchful account. Two-factor authentication is an industry-standard for preventing unwanted access to accounts and devices. As one of the default authentication methods supported by the Joomla CMS, we expect YubiKey support to be popular among…

SEO Audit released as public Beta

Earlier this year we previewed a new tool — the SEO Audit — for website owners to quickly detect the most common issues that affect website indexing by search engines and placement in search engine results.  Today we are happy to announce that the tool has launched as a public Beta and is now available to all…

At least one in three Joomla sites require urgent updates

This week the Joomla project released an important update for its 3.6 series: Joomla 3.6.4.  Since this version included a patch for an important security issue, Joomla published an announcement a few days prior stating the exact release date and time to help users prepare and plan for the update. As a service that helps…

Security Resources for Joomla

Like all open source software, the underlying codebase can always be scrutinized by attackers with the will and ability to find exploits. The flip-side of this equation is that popular and active open source software projects like Joomla have been hardened against nearly all of the published exploits and are generally considered quite safe. Despite…