June 21, 2017

Microsoft Releases New Windows XP Security Updates

Microsoft recently released critical security updates in response to WannaCry. WannaCry is a ransomware outbreak that occurred last month and hit up to 100 countries with devastating effect. A Microsoft spokesperson announced that these patches were designed to offer “further protection against potential attacks with characteristics similar to WannaCrypt”.

Available for both supported and unsupported platforms

Microsoft’s security updates are released in addition to the usual Patch Tuesday releases. For devices running supported versions (Windows 10, 8.1, 7 and post-2008 releases), these security patches will be delivered automatically. Since a significant amount of business customers still use unsupported platforms –like Windows XP and Windows Server 2003–, Microsoft has also decided to have the security update available for manual download and installation.

“… We recommend customers upgrade to the latest platforms”.

However, Eric Doerr, general manager of the Microsoft Security Response Center, stated that customers running unsupported versions shouldn’t expect similar security updates in the future:

“[…] As always, we recommend customers upgrade to the latest platforms. The best protection is to be on a modern, up-to-date system that incorporates the latest defense in-depth innovations. Older systems, even if fully up-to-date, lack the latest security features and advancements”.

For more information about these security updates and for general assistance, call 514-855-1223.

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