COLLEGE PARK, MD (March, 2014) There are several recent developments regarding security with computer and mobile device operating systems that should be addressed, especially those that handle sensitive data.
Apple just released an important fix to OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) and 10.9 (Mavericks). This fix patches a security hole in OS X which could potentially allow hackers to read private communications over unsecured networks. The vulnerability also exists in iOS devices and there is a patch/fix available. ETS strongly advises that users perform this update right away.
Apple has also officially ended support for OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard). This means there will not be any future security updates from Apple. Users will be able to download Mac OS X Mavericks from the App Store as long as they have the latest Snow Leopard update installed and their Mac was purchased in 2007 or later. Any bugs and security flaws will go unaddressed, making computers running Snow Leopard a potential target for hackers.
Microsoft will very soon officially end support of Windows XP after 12 years. As a result, after April 8, 2014, technical assistance for Windows XP will no longer be available, including automatic updates that help protect your PC. If you continue to use Windows XP after support ends, your computer will still work but it might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Do not let your PC go unprotected.
ETS can determine whether any University computer meets the necessary requirements for an operating system upgrade. Please contact us or arrange a consultation through your department technical contact (DTC) if you require assistance with your UM owned computer: DTC List