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Monday, May 7, 2012

It's Monday

Some interesting topics from the last few days ...
  • According to this Computerworld article, if history holds true almost half of all Mac users will stop getting security updates and patches very soon.  Apple is in the habit of dropping support for an OS that is 2 versions older than the new release.  So with the impending release of OSX 10.8 (Mountain Lion), support to OSX 10.6 (Snow Leopard) will cease.  You would think with the extra attention Mac users have been getting recently they would possibly rethink this and continue security updates for such a large chunk of their user base.
  • TrendMicro says that while some malware infested apps have been removed from the Andriod app store (Google Play), others are still being found.  Unfortunately this is something that probably will not get better for quite some time.  The rush to everything mobile has greatly outpaced security.
  • I don't usually pay much attention to anything from Consumers Report, but this report talks about 13 million Facebook users not properly using or even understanding their privacy settings.  While that 13 million is a really small percentage of the total users, it's still a ridiculously high number.  Doesn't help much when the default settings on a new account are blast out everything to everyone.  Would be interesting to see how different that number would be if the default account configuration was more strict.