Snow Leopard, Windows XP no longer receiving security updates

By VAR_Staffing
In Channel
March 3, 2014

VAR_Staffing / VAR Staffing

Last week, the IT channel was abuzz about a security flaw that was discovered in Apple’s web browser Safari. It allowed criminals who were on the shared network to conduct an attack on encrypted connections and steal everything from usernames and passwords to location data and credit card information.

To rectify it, Apple released a security update for both its mobile and Mac operating systems. However, according to an article from ComputerWorld, an interesting discovery was made – OS X 10.6, better known as Snow Leopard, did not receive it.

This is significant as 20 percent of Mac users currently use Snow Leopard as the operating system of choice for their computers. The rest use more recent versions including Lion, Mountain Lion and Mavericks. While Apple did not officially announce this change, failure to issue an update during a major security issue would seem to cement the fact that the operating system has been left behind.

This isn’t the only example of a popular legacy system that will no longer be supported with security updates. Unlike Apple, Microsoft has made it clear that support for Windows XP will be ending on April 8, 2014, after 10 years of existence.

Businesses that have saved money by not upgrading these software solutions will need to do so now if they want to remain safe and secure. VARs and MSPs have become reliable resources to help companies upgrade with confidence. VAR Staffing identifies and recruits the impactful talent that solution providers need to help clients through a suddenly stressful time.

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