announcements

Feature close-up: Time schedule of actions

A successful day can be interrupted uncomfortably by recently released updates. Some of us process updates immediately, others wait for their client’s or manager’s feedback and some teams schedule them regularly on a specific day. So, when it comes to update automation with Drop Guard, our users should be able to apply their current schedule workflow as well.
To cover these individual schedule needs, we provide the “Time schedule of actions” feature on the “Events” tab of your project’s config setting site.
Within this post, you will learn how to benefit from this feature.

 

Feature close-up: 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. 

Feature close-up: 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 update automation company, including the Drop Guard Drupal update service! Learn more about the App Guard GmbH journey so far in this announcement post.

But first, where do we come 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.