Microsoft: Windows XP Infection Rate May Jump 66% After Patches End In April

by Gregg Keizer @ ComputerWorld.com

Microsoft yesterday again put the scare into Windows XP users, telling them that after April 8, 2014, the chance that malware will infect their PCs could jump by two-thirds.

The claim, made by Tim Rains, director of Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing group, came on the heels of the release of the company’s twice-annual Security Intelligence Report (download PDF).

Following up on comments he made in August, Rains again warned Windows XP stragglers to expect an increase in attacks when the aged operating system exits support in five months.

“After end of support, attackers will have an advantage over defenders who continue to run Windows XP,” Rains asserted in a Tuesday post to a company¬†blog. “After April next year, when we release monthly security updates for supported versions of Windows, attackers will try and reverse engineer them to identify any vulnerabilities that also exist in Windows XP. If they succeed, attackers will have the capability to develop exploit code to take advantage of them.”

Full post.

Rick W. Burkett runs the John A. Logan College Teaching and Learning Center, teaches history, and heads an educational nonprofit. He publishes blogs on a wide variety of topics, including history, teaching and learning, student success, and teaching online.
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Computerworld: Parallels Desktop 8 vs. VMware Fusion 5

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ComputerWorld.com tested the newest releases in visualization on Mac OS X, Parallels Desktop 8 and VM Ware Fusion 5

Here is their bottom line:

Bottom line

Given the similarities in features and performance between these two programs, deciding on one or the other isn’t easy. If your needs include gaming in virtual Windows installations, Parallels is the preferred option. Similarly, Fusion is the one to get if you love experimenting with lots of different virtual OSes, thanks to VMware’s huge library of ready-to-run OS “appliances.”

Beyond that, it comes down to some little things. Fusion, for instance, manages app windows better than Parallels, while Parallels offers better gaming and 3D performance.

There is the issue of cost. At this time, Fusion 5 is selling for $50 (no upgrade pricing), and Parallels for $80 (or for $50 if you’re upgrading from an earlier version or “crossgrading” from Fusion). More significantly, Parallels uses a per-machine license. A two-license version is $100, but you’ll need licenses to cover each Mac you use. Fusion, on the other hand, allows one license to cover as many Macs as you personally use. So if you’re in a multi-Mac household, Fusion could save you a bunch of money.

Still both are excellent programs, and you can’t go wrong either way. Thankfully, both have free trials available, so you can download and try them out to see which works best for you.

The full review is here.

Rick W. Burkett runs the John A. Logan College Teaching and Learning Center, teaches history, and heads an educational nonprofit. He publishes blogs on a wide variety of topics, including history, teaching and learning, student success, and teaching online.
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