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7 InfoSec Predictions For 2014: Good, Bad & Ugly
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Laurianne
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1/3/2014 | 11:56:39 AM
XP And Security
Mat is right to bring up the XP issue first. MS has given no indication it will back down on the timing. Does anyone think MS will change its mind at this point?
Marilyn Cohodas
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1/3/2014 | 12:16:13 PM
Re: XP And Security
I don't think Microsoft will back down. The company will want to drive their reluctant enterprise customers to migrate to a new operating system. Big question for me is where customers will go...Windows 7, 8, or Surface.
Shane M. O'Neill
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1/3/2014 | 12:44:45 PM
Re: XP And Security
I don't think Micorosft will back down from the April 2014 date either. The may have to readjust if all hell breaks loose in May. But that April '14 date has been set in stone since as far back as I can remember. I think most companies that are still on XP (and shame on them really) will upgrade to Windows 7 unless employees are clamoring for Windows 8, which is unlikely given the divisive reaction to the OS.
Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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1/3/2014 | 1:21:14 PM
Ransomware
I'm fascinated by the concept that you'd pay a ransomware demand. What's the likelihood that will be the end of it? You're now known as person/company willing to deal with extorionists. There's a reason governments refuse to negotiate with terrorists.
moarsauce123
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1/3/2014 | 5:22:07 PM
Re: XP And Security
They will stay on XP and see what happens. If they switch it will not be to systems running a Microsoft OS. If there was no value in switching for all this time then the value is still not there. And honestly, I agree, for the most tasks Win7 or Win8 do not provide anything that XP could not do.
IT-security-gladiator
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IT-security-gladiator,
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1/4/2014 | 9:39:54 AM
An XP -iration solution for those who cannot afford to upgrade
I downloaded a revolutionary Linux OS called Robolinux which sandboxes Windows XP or 7 inside it, making Windows totally immune to viruses and malware. My pc's and laptops are not that old so it saved me hundreds of dollars. My machines run much faster too.
Gary_EL
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Gary_EL,
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1/5/2014 | 9:30:29 PM
Re: An XP -iration solution for those who cannot afford to upgrade
Gladiator, a great idea, but the only problem is that if you are using some third party software and something doesn't work right, you can be sure that their customer service will blame it on your not-quit-windows operating system.
Gary_EL
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Gary_EL,
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1/5/2014 | 9:33:44 PM
Re: XP And Security
When my XP machine's motherboard died late last year, I knew I'd have to spend more money to get machine that would run an operating system that would be supported after 04/14. Then I learned I'd have to spend even more to get Windows 7 instead of Windows 8, because shops were full of 8 machines that nobody wanted. I wonder if it would be legal for a 3rd party to come along to support the XP operating system, with or without Microsoft's permission? I like both XP and 7, but I have not seen one solitary thing that 7 does that XP can't, and I'm seriously looking at a chromebook.
DDURBIN1
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1/6/2014 | 10:19:10 AM
Re: An XP -iration solution for those who cannot afford to upgrade
Virus free?  Sorry but running Windows in a Lunix "shell" does not make Windows immune to malware.  Keep thinking so and you're in for trouble.
IT-security-gladiator
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IT-security-gladiator,
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1/6/2014 | 1:16:05 PM
Re: An XP -iration solution for those who cannot afford to upgrade
Apparently you are not aware of how the Robolinux VM operates. If you actually research it you will see that all the Windows data resides safely inside the Linux partition plus they have an instantaneous VM backup and restore so any malware infection in the Windows VM is moot.
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