Windows 10 to stay clear of some viruses
Upgrade to Windows 10 to stay clear of some viruses.
A very interesting Microsoft announcement this week about the encryption virus that is infecting external drives including pen drives.
Microsoft are suggesting that you upgrade to Windows 10 to stay clear of some viruses. The main area of concern is that these devices are normally used for backup. That means if your backup is unavailable then you are in a very dangerous position. Files on these devices were already being encrypted with other viruses.
Microsoft were saying that it only affects operating systems below but not including Windows 10. I find that announcement quite disturbing. If it is true then it will only be a matter of a few short weeks that before Windows 10 machines will also be affected.
I support Microsoft’s argument that you should upgrade to Windows 10. I’m in a strange position here because i really like Windows 10 and have installed it on all of my Windows devices but I am uncomfortable about the bias being shown by Microsoft. It almost seems that they are saying that users need to upgrade to Windows 10 because you get more protection from viruses. I wonder if they are using every argument possible for user to upgrade to Windows 10.
I think people should be given more of a choice and not pressured into upgrading, they create a clear resistance by applying pressure.
Microsoft has made it very clear that Windows 7 will be supported until 2020. It is a bit early to give up the struggle against virus writers with a full 4 years to go. Windows XP the old operating system which so being supported in 2014 is still being used. Windows 7 is used just about everywhere and it is far more widely used than Windows XP ever was. If they don’t help to support that operating system fully then I just see the virus situation going from bad to extreme.
Is this announcement from Microsoft going to push me towards upgrading? Probably no, but over time these kind of announcements will just mean that sticking to Windows 7 will make it more difficult.
If you are backing up using an external disk (USB) then the disk needs to change on a regular basis and daily is ideal. With Bytesafe Local Cloud Backup the worse case scenario you may not get the benefit from the hourly backup automated routine. You may have to revert to the retention policy of the cloud synchronisation. A layered security approach including mail filtering seems much more essential.