Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Windows XP: Lots of things have changed since then

“Introducing new Microsoft Windows XP. How much do you want this totally new Windows?” One of the craziest moments of Steve Ballmer, former CEO of Microsoft, took place on the commercial that he starred for the launch of the oldest operating system in our recent history, Windows XP.

You would like to see him now announcing the death of the operating system in the same way, right? Because, ladies and gentlemen, today support for Windows XP officially endsAn operating system that is still used by 20%-25% of users and it is still targeted by a quarter of malware infections, according to Kaspersky. however, this figure is expected to increase significantly from now on.
However, today cybersecurity concerns are set on the serious vulnerability that has been detected on the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library. The SSL / TLS encryption is used to add a layer of security and privacy to all sorts of Internet communications: payment gateways, e-mail, electronic banking, applications… Therefore it is extremely important that administrators of such system update that library asap.
Looking back, when Windows XP was released on October 25, 2001, Facebook and Twitter had not yet even been conceived. However, today many companies have opened profiles on those social networks to keep in touch with their consumers. This is why hackers have put corporate social accounts in their scope. According to Inteco, such attacks cost companies billions of dollars a year.
In 2001 neither smartphones nor Android existed. Therefore, at that time it was inconceivable that one of Google search engine’s problems in 2014 would be piracy apps in its Google Play store. In this regard, we learnt that last year the company registered a patent for the creation of a system to prevent imitations being published in its app storeBut it is not the only front opened in Google Play. Fake applications are also a problem. In fact, Google just removed an app called “Virus Shield” which was sold for $ 3.99 to exchange for no functionality at all. A fraud that, thanks to its 10,000 downloads, could have reached $ 40,000.
$40,000 is a figure easily surpassed by the 8 individuals who have been charged in relation with a personal information theft scheme that targeted customers of telecoms operator AT&T. They managed to become authorized users of customer’s bank cards and withdraw cash and make purchases at the expense of the defenseless AT&T’s customers.
We can not end without thanking Windows XP for its service for 13 years. Rest in peace!
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