Microsoft rescues XP users with emergency browser fix | Reuters

(Reuters) – Microsoft is helping the estimated hundreds of millions of customers still running Windows XP, which it stopped supporting earlier this month, by providing an emergency update to fix a critical bug in its Internet Explorer browser. Microsoft Corp rushed to create the fix after learning of the bug in the operating system over […]

White House wades cautiously into effort to protect online privacy | Reuters

(Reuters) – The White House will lay out ideas this week for protecting U.S. consumers’ privacy in an era in which the ubiquitous use of computers and mobile phones provides a constant data feed on individuals. But after a 90-day review of “big data,” the White House is expected to suggest ways to encourage companies […]

U.S. advises avoiding Internet Explorer until bug fixed | Reuters

Update May 1st 2014 Microsoft has released a security patch for IE to address this issue. All users should run Windows Update and install all critical updates.   (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security advised computer users to consider using alternatives to Microsoft Corp’s Internet Explorer browser until the company fixes a security […]

AOL investigates cyber attack, says user data compromised | Reuters

(Reuters) – AOL Inc on Monday urged its tens of millions of email account holders to change their passwords and security questions after a cyber attack compromised about 2 percent of its accounts. The company said it was working with federal authorities to investigate the attack, in which hackers obtained email addresses, postal addresses, encrypted […]

U.S. regulators to propose new net neutrality rules in May | Reuters

(Reuters) – U.S. regulators are expected to vote on May 15 on a new set of so-called “net neutrality” rules aimed at making certain that broadband providers do not slow down or block consumers’ access to legal Internet content. The rules from the Federal Communications Commission, which released its framework in February, are expected to […]

Big tech companies offer millions after Heartbleed crisis | Reuters

(Reuters) – The world’s biggest technology companies are donating millions of dollars to fund improvements in open source programs like OpenSSL, the software whose “Heartbleed” bug has sent the computer industry into turmoil. Inc, Cisco Systems Inc, Facebook Inc, Google Inc, IBM, Intel Corp and Microsoft Corp are among a dozen companies that have […]

‘Heartbleed’ blamed in attack on Canada tax agency, more expected

(Reuters) – Canada’s tax-collection agency said on Monday that the private information of about 900 people had been compromised as hackers exploited the “Heartbleed” bug, and security experts warned that more attacks will likely follow. The breach allowed hackers to extract social insurance numbers, which are used for employment and gaining access to government benefits, […]

Windows lifecycle fact sheet

Every Windows product has a lifecycle. The lifecycle begins when a product is released and ends when it’s no longer supported. Knowing key dates in this lifecycle helps you make informed decisions about when to upgrade or make other changes to your software. Here are the rights and limits of the Windows lifecycle. End of […]

Washington State, Department of Financial Institutions re: Windows XP End of Life

This is a message from the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions. Many people already know Microsoft has announced that on April 8, 2014, Windows XP will reach the end of its support lifecycle and will no longer be supported. The discontinuing of support means that Microsoft will no longer provide security patches, technical assistance […]

Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 Support Ends April 8th, 2014

Why is Microsoft ending support for Windows XP and Office 2003? In 2002 Microsoft introduced its Support Lifecycle policy based on customer feedback to have more transparency and predictability of support for Microsoft products. As per this policy, Microsoft Business and Developer products, including Windows and Office products, receive a minimum of 10 years of […]