Windows Server 2003

Will Your Website Lose Security Updates on 14th July?

You will have heard that Microsoft no longer supports Windows XP. This means that if you have it on your computer or laptop, you will no longer get security updates. A similar thing might affect your website. Spend 1 minute going through the following to see how you can check.

A large number of websites are hosted on Windows servers. There are different versions of these, just as you might have seen Windows 3, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 operating systems on computers at home and work. If your webserver is not kept up-to-date, then your website will be less secure. That makes it easier to be attacked and abused.

If your website is hosted on a Windows 2003 server, then such support ends on July 14th. This gives you just enough time to check whether you are affected, and to do something about it.

Unfortunately, there is no easy, consistent and reliable way of checking whether your website will suffer. The only way is to ask whoever looks after your website. Hopefully they will know.

Most websites will be unaffected by this. Either they don't run under Windows, or they are running on a currently supported version. However, if you are not one of those fortunate ones, what should you do?

Your first port of call should be the person who looks after your website. Ideally they should have brought this to your attention already. If they haven't, or they don't understand what you are asking, tell them that your hosting should be updated. What this involves will depend upon your setup and the integrated functionality of your website; whether you have dedicated or shared hosting; whether your website is tied into a particular configuration.

Sadly, there are other security issues that exist, regardless of operating system. However, if you have addressed this most obvious one, then your website is in a much better position.

You may be wondering what this has to do with online marketing. On the face of it, nothing. Indeed, if you don't care about your website marketing, then it's not really an issue; does it matter if anything bad happens to your website?

However, if you do want your website to act as a means of attracting new customers, if you want your website to create a favourable impression to visitors, and you don't want to have to deal with any fallout, then you will address this issue. What is the point of spending time, money and effort to bring people to a potentially broken and compromised website?

Addressing such matters highlights that digital marketing covers much more than you might think. If this has alerted you to a problem, or you have concerns about how effective your current marketing is, please get in touch.

By Kenneth Mackay, 28th April, 2015

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