announcements

Multi User - Invite your team to Drop Guard!

We happily announce our Multi User - Invitations feature! Our users needed an option to add more team members with tailored access rights for a specific project. 
So we created the “Invitations” section in our menu bar on the left. By entering this page, you will be able to invite other team members or view the invitation for yourself.
You can assign specific projects to a team member, be it developer, support manager or project manager; as well as you can give your customer read access to the customer’s project without exposing your other projects. This access policy feature provides new possibilities for an open and understandable workflow with Drop Guard. 

Modules overview - get detailed information about all modules

What modules do I use? How often are they used in my project? In which projects? Which version exists? Is it the same version as on drupal.org? Might a specific module be a threat for my project(s)?
These and many more questions will be answered within one click on our “Modules overview page” on the left in the menu bar. Check out this short post to learn more about our new feature!
Among other reasons, this feature was requested by our users as they also want to track whether a module is quite relevant for a project or less critical within an update process.

We said "yes"! Our founding of App Guard GmbH

What happened? 

We founded an independent company, including the Drop Guard service! Learn more about the App Guard GmbH journey so far in this announcement post.

But first, where did we came from? 

Drop Guard was built by the German Drupal company Bright Solutions in 2014, after the idea was born to optimize the internal update process as much as possible - no more wasted time on updates, no fear of Drupalgeddon, no annoying update tasks. 
The platform service was optimized and adapted continuously besides other projects of the company, until Manuel Pistner, CEO of Bright Solutions, decided to form a team for this project, that already counted important customers. 

What’s on the Drop Guard roadmap this month? A forecast

Drop Guard is in a continuous process of optimization and development. As it is still a unique platform concept on the market place, we started years ago with a sketchy blueprint of what Drop Guard is today - and rather will be in future. With this post I will give you a quick overview of what is planned and something which is a little secret between you and me.

 

New security challenges arise

Two days ago another highly critical security update affected Drupal and many other CMS systems. It was the PHPMailer Library which leaves millions of websites vulnerable to the remote exploit (see https://www.drupal.org/psa-2016-004 for details). In comparison to Drupalgeddon which had a risk of 25/25 this update has 23/25. BUT there are some things which make this update even riskier than Drupalgeddon:

Free Drupal security for a good cause

Being casual about open source security is not funny. Headlines like the Panama Papers this year showed that an improvident dealing with security and updates can cause a huge damage. Fees are still a crucial reason for people to hesitate to secure their business by using charged services. This is not a pitty - this is grave.

There are many people out there who give a lot without receiving a reward. They see more benefits in helping and strengthen people, any kind of living being or purpose than in a regular salary.

There's never a good time for an update

As always, Drupal Security Team did an excellent job and the news on the security vulnerabilities reported on Wednesday wasn't a bombshell for most of us. Everyone had a chance to prepare and pre-allocate resources to take all measures necessary to patch the supported websites. 

A quick recap for those who missed the buzz or just slowly waking up right now.