Windows XP users: what will you do on April 8, 2014?

August 18, 2013 Leave a comment

By on August 16, 2013in Windows 42
So what is happening on April 8, 2014 that is affecting all Windows XP users? It is the end of support for the operating system. What this means is that Microsoft won’t release any more security updates, or other updates for that matter, for the operating system.

There is one exception to that, and that is that companies can pay Microsoft money to get security vulnerabilities patched. But that is not really feasible for most as it would cost a lot of money to patch a single vulnerability.

While that is not really something that you do need to worry about if your computer running Windows XP is not connected to the Internet, you may enter a world of vulnerabilities shortly after that date. Vulnerabilities that get detected after the date won’t get fixed anymore, which means that the operating system will remain vulnerable to them.

There may be mitigating factors, like running applications in a sandbox or exploit mitigation tools, but those are usually only run by experienced users and not average ones.

Attackers may come up with new exploit code of their own, or by reverse engineering updates for other versions of Windows to find out if Windows XP is also vulnerable. Since the operating system won’t receive any more updates after April 8, 2014, it gives attackers many more opportunities to attack the system.

But it is not only users who will run into issues on that date. Microsoft too is in a precarious situation. If you look at operating system usage stats, you will notice that Windows XP is still placed second in the most used operating system. Only Windows 7 managed to pass it by, while Windows 8 just managed to pass Windows Vista to climb to the third place.

It is obvious that the company does not wan’t to “lose” that user base.  So what can Microsoft do to convince users that it is a good time to update? One approach seems to highlight the dangers of running Windows XP right now and after the end of support date.

windows xp security

Malware infection probabilities

The question is if this is enough to convince users and organizations to switch to another version of Windows that is still supported.

And what will Windows XP users do when doomsday comes?

  • Keep running the system even though it may have known vulnerabilities that are exploited in the wild?
  • Update the operating system to Windows 7 / Windows 8?
  • Switch to a different operating system such as Ubuntu Linux?

Closing Words

What I would do? I would probably update to Windows 8. Not because I think it is the superior operating system, but because it is possible to ignore the Metro / Start Screen interface for the most part, which means that you get an updated Windows 7 operating system with 3 more years of support.

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August 8, 2013 Leave a comment

Facebook: how to control what friends leak to apps about you

August 5, 2013 1 comment

Original Post: http://www.ghacks.net/2013/08/04/facebook-how-to-control-what-friends-leak-to-apps-about-you/?_m=3n%2e0038%2e962%2evh0ao03kwj%2ezo5

By on August 4, 2013 – TAGS: None

If you are using Facebook, and who is not really, you are probably aware that what you post publicly on the site is accessible by anyone. That’s why you can limit the accessibility of information to certain groups of users, friends only for example or friends of friends, so that information are not just available to anyone who happens to stumble upon your profile.

Things become more complicated when it comes to apps on the social networking site. If you want to run apps, you usually have to allow them to access information about you that they request. This can be your email address, photos you have posted, your friends list or your age and gender.

That’s still fairly accessible on the website, as you get a list of all permissions that an application requests on Facebook before it is enabled. In other words, you have to explicitly allow the app before it gets access to the data.

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What many Facebook users do not know is that there is another way that part of their personal information may leak to apps, and this time without their doing.

Other user groups may have access to your information. Friends for instance usually have access to most information that you have published on Facebook. If those friends run apps that request information from friends, then your data may leak to apps even if you do not want that to happen.

Facebook has privacy settings for that however that you can modify to make sure that only information that you are comfortable with leak to apps your friends run.

Let me show you how you configure that option.

Apps other use

You need to open the App Settings on Facebook. You can do so either by clicking on the link int he last sentence, or with a click on the small dropdown arrow at the top right of your profile, the selection of settings from the context menu, and the selection of Apps on the page that opens up.

Here you find listed all apps that you are using. You may want to go through the list as well just to make sure that only apps that you are still using are in that list. If you find old apps listed here that you do not use anymore, retract the permissions you gave them and remove them from your profile.

Below that is the “Apps others use” section. Click on the edit button to the right to change the data that apps that others use have access to.

apps others use

All checked items are accessible by apps that your friends run while all unchecked items are not. If you do not want any of the data to be accessible, uncheck all items and click on the save changes button afterwards.

Note that you do not have control over all profile information here. The only option to block all information from being accessible by apps is to turn off the apps platform. This may have consequences though, as you cannot use apps or games anymore, and also cannot use Facebook to log in on third party sites or services.

If you do not do any of those, you may want to consider turning of Platform apps though.

Microsoft launches Office for Android, tablet users need not apply

August 2, 2013 Leave a comment

Original Post: http://www.ghacks.net/2013/07/31/microsoft-launches-office-for-android-tablet-users-need-not-apply/?_m=3n%2e0038%2e959%2evh0ao03kwj%2ezke

By on July 31, 2013

Microsoft has already released the long awaited Office for iPhone, but Android remained only a dream and a rumor. Now the software company makes good on that with the roll out of a version for the Google mobile operating system. The app went live today in the Google Play store, but there are a few catches.

The app itself is free, but users must be Office 365 customers — a service that charges per month or annually, depending on the plan one chooses.

Installing is easy — customers can do so from the web, which displays a drop-down list of devices, or straight from the device itself. If you choose the former then you will be greeted with a list of all of your Android products. My Google TV box was obviously greyed out, but so were both my tablets — the app is only for phones. In fact, only for phones running Ice Cream Sandwich and newer, meaning the old Droid X (yes, I still have it). This left only the Galaxy Nexus, as the Asus MeMO and brand new Nexus 7 were not compatible.

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Once the app is fired up you will need to agree to the usual terms of service — nothing unusual in it, as I read through just to make sure. Then comes the catch — you need an Office 365 subscription. If you purchased one for your home computers then you are set, otherwise you have a problem here. I will assume you have it and continue on. Log in with your email and password and get started.

Now with the app open, you will find a list of the docs you have saved, but only those saved to SkyDrive — do not expect to find your locally stored docs.

The top of the screen contains three options, consisting of the aforementioned files, creating new documents and searching other locations.

The app will only allow for the access of Word and Excel files and templates, and Settings gives access to rather basic information, most of which will be familiar to Office customers.

Conclusion

Bear in mind that this is version 1.0, so there may be a speedbump or two along the way, but for the most part the app seems fully fledged. OneNote was already available for Android, so the addition of Word and Excel is welcome, and other parts of the Office suite are probably unneeded — I doubt anyone wishes to edit or create a PowerPoint display on a phone.

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July 22, 2013 2 comments

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