Many of you know Joomla as the runner up on the podium behind WordPress. It is an award winning content management system,which enables you to build web sites and online applications. It is known for its ease of functionality which have lead to millions of downloads. With this open source application and millions of downloads it runs into the same security flaws you will find with WordPress. When these vulnerabilities are exploited Joomla Top CMSwill release updates to their software which will let the user download and patch the security flaw. Back in January of 2008 Joomla 1.5 was first released. From January of 2008 to March of 2012 Joomla released updates from Versions up to Joomla 1.5.26. Although in September of 2012 Joomla released that it would be the end of life for the 1.5 version and that anyone on this version be migrated to version 2.5. This jump up to the next version was not a simple task. Those who were without the help of a web developer or did not have the funds to pay one where stuck on this outdated software. The cost of this migration can be anywhere between $200-$5,000 depending on the size of the site. In the eyes and pockets of some site owners this couldn’t be done. Some couldn’t afford it and some just didn’t see the need. When this end of life date was published and the updates stopped coming, it made all Joomla 1.5 users very vulnerable to an attack. The users who were on the most current version of 1.5 which is still 1.5.26 were better off than some but as a security company we have seen the trend in the last couple years of targeted Joomla 1.5 sites. They are pretty much sitting ducks waiting to be hacked into. There are security vulnerability data sources on the web that publish these exploits so even the non experienced hacker can crack a site like this. It is best advised that if you are still running your old Joomla 1.5 website you should immediately start looking into your options into a migration or a new site build. joomla Once you get your Joomla powered site to the 2.5 software your life should be a lot easier from here on out. Updates along the way should all be one click applications. Although they are easy installations there could be plugin incompatibilities that slow you down in the process. The Joomla 2.5 version should reach its end of life this year in December of 2014 but all users should be able to jump to 3.0 with the click of a mouse.