With Microsoft Corp., global leader in operating systems, finally ending their technical support for the venerable Windows XP operating system on Wednesday, computer users now have no choice but to upgrade to a newer OS to be able to receive support. But faced with budget cuts and shortages, many Japanese local governments were unable to upgrade their computers still running XP to a newer operating system, making their computers vulnerable to viruses if connected to the Internet.
The earlier solution was to disconnect all Windows XP PCs from the Internet – which will lessen the vulnerability to online security issues and viruses – but a local government official said that “it is hardly possible to say damage can be fully averted.” According to a survey done late 2013 by Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, around 266,200 PCs owned and used by local governments would not be upgraded. This comes to around 13 percent of all personal computers and laptops used by these local municipalities. The ministry has actually been advocating that local governments should not use them until (or unless) they are upgraded.
And even in the Japanese corporate world, it seems that this is still a problem. A survey conducted in early March by Osaka Shinkin Bank on small and midsize client companies showed that 46.0 percent – almost half – of the 1,200 companies who responded to their survey were still using the old OS from Microsoft. But the clincher is this – when asked if they would still be using these computers after EOS (end-of-support), 53.5 percent of them said yes. These responders may not be aware of the seriousness of the end of the support for the OS, said an official who worked with the survey data. To highlight the problem on a grander scale, the EOS for XP will practically mean no more security patches and developments for more than 13 million personal computers in Japan – putting them at risk to viruses and other hacks.
[via Jiji Press]
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