Microsoft will end support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. That means no more security patches or other updates for the operating system. According to this article, the use of XP has been moving upward rather than downward as one would expect. From the article:
With a little more than a month left for the cutoff, Windows XP usage has edged slightly higher. And, for good reason. Personally, I think it’s less likely that new installations of Windows XP are happening, and more likely that computers that haven’t been used for a long while are being booted up so that upgrade options can be reviewed…
if you still have a home system that is running XP, this article is reporting that a new tool called PCmover Express for Windows XP will be made freely available later this week in order to help you to migrate your data. From the article:
PCmover Express for Windows XP will copy files and settings from Windows XP to a new computer running Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1. The tool works to transfer files across a home or business network and Windows XP users can customize the files, music, videos, email and user profile information that is transferred. Obviously, those using Windows XP have an accumulated history of old files, so the tool offers a great opportunity to de-clutterize while migrating to a newer operating system and hardware.
Disclaimer: The above link is posted as a resource for users to protect their home computers. Please obtain proper permission before installing any tools on University resources.
Networking vendor Cisco has launched a challenge to invent security solutions to defend the “Internet of things”, a term used to describe Internet-connected devices “from industrial equipment to cars to smart home appliances”. The challenge offers prizes ranging from $50,000 to $70,000. From the article:
The ‘internet of things’ hit headlines recently after Belkin’s Popular WeMo smart home system was found to have security flaws which could allow attackers to switch off lights in homes remotely, deactivate motion sensors, and even start fires, as reported by We Live Security here.