End Is Nigh For Windows XP
Microsoft’s Windows XP finally sets the sun almost 13 years after it was release in October 2001. This is despite the fact that the world remains in shock following the terrorist attacks of September 11. Although the operating system is use in many PCs at home and at work, it has also use by many users. However, XP can be dangerous for those who still use it.
Windows XP’s service life is like all operating systems. XP is short for extended user experience. It is still being use by hundreds of millions of computer users worldwide. In February 2014, less than 30% of all PCs worldwide still run XP despite the availability of three newer versions of Windows (Vista and Windows 7), Windows 8 and its tweak version 8.1.
There Are Risks To Soldiering On Windows
Some XP enthusiasts will be moving to Windows 7 or 8 while others will continue using XP after April 8. Despite numerous updates and patches, XP has been a reliable operating system for many years. People who continue to use (internet connected) XP after support ends are facing a growing number security holes that won’t be fixed by Microsoft hot-fixes and periodic updates. Users will not be able access technical support for any problems with XP.
Microsoft Admits Windows
Your computer may not stop working if you use Windows XP beyond support. However, it could become more susceptible to security threats and viruses if it continues to run Windows XP.
All Are Welcome To Attack Windows
As with any ongoing war, hackers and attackers take advantage of the moment that defenders leave battle. They’ve almost certainly been planning for the day that millions of XP computers will be more vulnerable. This day is April 8, 2014.
Tim Rains, Microsoft’s director for trustworthy computing, made a statement in August warning that security patches on later versions of Windows might give cyber-criminals all the information they need in order to launch a successful attack against unsupported versions.
This is possible because there are many program codes that are shared between different versions of Windows. You can fix the code for Windows 7 or 8, and then you will see a flaw in XP. Although XP is still capable of surviving attacks, it can be hacked and anti-virus software and malware detection software are available. However, hackers are more likely to attack older internet browsers. For those who are interested, the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report provides more detail.
What Can XP Users Do To Help?
Users can choose to update to the latest version of Windows at any time (and Microsoft provides some guidance here), or to switch to another operating system. There are many options. The growing number of online sellers selling computers at wholesale prices makes it affordable to buy new or almost new equipment.
However, for larger organisations, the task can take months if not years to complete. Not the days and weeks they have before they turn their attention to XP support. These people need to given timely advice on how to stay safe.
Course In Cyber-Intrusion Management Windows
The Information Security Manual is a publication by the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD). It provides useful advice to anyone who wants to be safe from cyber-attacks. White-listing of applications. A list of trust, verified programs for the PC is create base on the job it is need to perform. These programs must be the only ones allow to be install on your computer. Otherwise, potentially dangerous programs (such as scripts and DLLs), cannot be execute.
Installing patches. Install updates and fixes as soon as they are available for white-listed apps, such Java, PDF viewer and web browser. Older internet browsers are especially vulnerable. Security patches and hot-fixes for operating systems. Install the most recent security patches and hot-fixes automatically as soon as they are available. ASD recommends that Windows XP be avoid due to its inherent risk
Restrict administrator privileges. Administrator access should be restrict to only those who are require to modify or install operating systems and applications. These four security measures are very effective if they are implement. XP users can protect their computer by performing three of the four steps, as well as using the most up-to-date antivirus and anti-malware software.
For more information, please see the complete list of 35 Strategies for Mitigating Targeted Cyber Intrusions (and make sure to read all the fine print).
End Of An Era
It is a good time to reflect on an era in which a single operating system controlled the market, as the sun sets on the venerable XP. These days are rapidly disappearing as new paradigms of computing (Android and iOS, cloud computing wireless mobile, open-source) take a growing share. Microsoft employees must be worry.