Will a third of the world’s PCs simply stop in January, asks Terence KennedyMY wife’s venerable laptop is under bombardment right now, and the perpetrator is Microsoft. The reason: she’s clinging onto the ‘obsolete’ Windows 7.Read their dire warnings and you could easily believe her computing world will implode when Windows 7 ‘expires’ a few months from now. It will be no more, cease to be, ex-Windows. That’s radical talk, given that a third of the world’s users still swear by what many believe was Microsoft’s best-ever operating system. Surely they can’t just flick the switch on January 14?They can’t, and they won’t. What they will do is simply freeze Windows 7 in time from that date. No more patches, updates, bug fixes, security solutions.If that doesn’t bother you, you can indeed keep using it forever, or at least until the computer itself dies. At which stage you will be unable to activate it again … [Read more...] about R.I.P. Windows 7?
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If there’s one trend that defines the managed security service space, it’s that few companies can handle security on their own. Unless you’re a large company, you’re going to need assistance in some form as the rate of change and the scope of risk out there mean managed services are a necessity. Richard Ford, group technical director of Integrity360, says this means companies who avail of his firm’s services have high expectations of what they’re going to deliver. “They’re not looking for a set-and-forget service, they’re looking for a true SOC service where they have a security partner that’s catering for their operational security needs and has their back at all times,” he explained. “There’s always the challenge that we need to keep up with [changes]. People go to a managed security service provider because of their expertise, and they’re providing an increased level of protection that not many can … [Read more...] about Staying ahead of the threats
When this happens, it's open season for viruses and malware on Windows 7 laptops and PCs - Microsoft will not issue protection patches. They'll only protect Windows 10, the current system. In Ireland, around a third of PCs use Windows 7. This includes business and public sector machines. It includes hospitals, schools, utility companies, tax offices and government departments. Even though it takes a year for a large state body or enterprise to migrate from Windows 7 to Windows 10, many of these organisations look likely to miss the January 2020 deadline. When they do, taxpayers (or shareholders) will then have to pay thousands, or hundreds of thousands of euros, to Microsoft in special 'extended support' security fees if they don't want to be sitting ducks for malware attacks. Microsoft won't officially yet say what these fees are. But the company is reportedly briefing its enterprise customers at present, details of which have leaked. And the cost looks a little scary. For Windows 7 … [Read more...] about Adrian Weckler: ‘Beware Windows 7 timebomb’