It’s been a while since Microsoft ended support for Windows XP, making the venerable operating system open to new threats and a risky choice to run in any environment. Now, things are about to get worse as Chrome support for XP is also coming to a close.
A wrap on Chrome support for XP
Google has announced they are ending support for their web browser, Google Chrome, on older operating systems from both Microsoft and Apple.
Just as when Microsoft stopped updating Windows XP with security patches and updates, Google will stop providing patches and security updates for Chrome on these older operating systems. This doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to continue using Chrome on your outdated devices. It just means that you’ll be increasing your vulnerability to exploits if you do.
End of support is slated for April 2016, but a firm date has not been announced.
Operating systems effected
- Windows XP
- Windows Vista
- Mac OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard)
- Mac OS 10.7 (Lion)
- Mac OS 10.8 (Mountain Lion)
How to browse safely
In short, if you want to remain safe and secure while browsing the web with Google Chrome, you need to use a modern operating system. This often means updating your OS and your hardware solutions. Businesses that rely heavily on legacy applications might have trouble making the transition away from XP, simply because their legacy software may not be entirely compatible with the new technology.
This is one of the problems so many businesses have when it comes to updating their technology. Organizations grow complacent with their current technology solutions, and aren’t willing to upgrade if they don’t need to. In a way, Google ending support for legacy operating systems is a good thing as it adds to the list of good reasons businesses should to migrate away from XP (and Vista) in the next few months.
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