PHP 5 end of life – 62% of websites are insecure

Simplex Solutions - PHP 5 End Of LifePHP, one of the most popular web development frameworks, runs on nearly 80% of all websites on the internet. Worryingly, 62% of all websites on the internet are currently running PHP version 5, which has a scheduled end of security support on 31st December 2018. The PHP 5 end of life has already been extended by PHP maintainers due to its popularity, however from the start of 2019 over half of the internet will susceptible to any new security vulnerabilities which are discovered or developed, when this support ends.

PHP 5 end of life - Simplex SolutionsWhat should your business be doing?

Upgrading your website to use PHP version 7.2 is highly advised. The decision to migrate to version 7.2 might be costly; taking the importunity to conduct a website rewrite to use the most current iteration of version 7 (PHP 7.2) will give you security support until 30 November 2020.

With GDPR regulation now in action, the need to protect your website and the information it pertains has never been more important. GDPR regulations were set in place to punish businesses who do not take their security responsibilities serious by enacting fines for the breach or loss of data belonging to European citizens; these fines can be up to 4% of the perpetrator’s annual revenue.

PHP 5 end of life - Simplex Solutions

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