Back in 2002, Microsoft announced a “support lifecycle policy” and stated that the company would offer at least 10 years of support for “business” and “developer” software products, and five years (or until two years after the successor product’s release date, whichever comes first) for consumer software products.
This is a very good and easily understandable article on what options current XP users have. It also lays out the end-of-support dates for both Windows 7 and 8/8.1, which may help you in your choice.
Sadly it doesn’t list Linux as an option, which is a giant oversight in my book. There are many Linux versions that have an interface very close to what XP users are accustomed to. I’ll post about those options later this week.
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” ~Plato
It’s what you need to know about filing your taxes on your wireless device. Find out how to protect yourself.
No device, computer or server is 100% secure; but taking some common sense precautions can help keep your tax data safe. Never use public WiFi for financially sensitive data.
One thing they didn’t bring up is that TurboTax was one of the millions of companies affected by the #heartbleed bug (yes, I’m tired of hearing about it too!). To my knowledge they handled it responsibly and should be safe to use, but before using TurboTax online change your password.
Facebook Inc. and Yahoo Inc.’s blogging site Tumblr advised users to change their passwords because of the so-called Heartbleed bug. Canada’s tax agency shut its filing website as a precaution, weeks before its April 30 filing deadline.
Quote from the article: “”It’s easily the worst vulnerability since mass-adoption of the Internet,” said Matthew Prince, CEO of CloudFlare Inc., a San Francisco cybersecurity company. “
I still have concerns over how this was handled and released to the public far too early. The rational is that they were “afraid hackers would hear of the vulnerability” and exploit it; but since the bug has been in the wild for 2 years everyone is to assume it was known and abused.
Another quote in this article that bothers me is from Google. “Google also had patched its systems ahead of time. The search giant told users Wednesday they didn’t need to change Google passwords. ” This bug has been out there for 2 years. ALL passwords should be changed, including Google/Gmail passwords.
It’s Patch Tuesday! This month’s Windows updates will require a restart.
You’ve just gotten a new computer. Nice! You’re probably excited to tear open the box and set it up, but there are a few boring-but-important tasks that will save you disappointment and even heartbreak (not to mention money) later. Here are a few things you should do whenever you buy a new PC.
Some very good common-sense type tips, and all very easy to do! The one glaring omission would be to do an initial and intense malware scan. Some brands have been found to be loaded with malware from the factory.
It’s a good thing Microsoft didn’t make this announcement the day before, I might not have believed it.
"While it’s not giving up on the tile look, it is making it an increasingly optional feature. Even before today’s update, Windows 8.1 had the option to boot to the traditional desktop screen instead of the horizontal tile menu."
Now if they would only STOP trying to push the stupid “Bing bar” on us!#NoMeansNo