It’s been over a year and a half since Microsoft gave up support on its extremely popular operating system, Windows XP. Without the necessary patches and security updates, Windows XP becomes a hazardous system to run for average users and business professionals. Now, things are about to get worse as Google cuts support for its popular web browser, Google Chrome, for Windows XP and several other older operating systems.
It’s reported that Google will cease to update Windows XP and other older Apple operating systems with the required patches and security updates for Google Chrome. This means that using Chrome on older operating systems will quickly become a liability, and hackers will find holes in your security much more easily than before. If you’re still using these operating systems when this happens, and you’re primarily using Google Chrome as a web browser, you’ll be in a very bad position security-wise. These changes are expected to occur sometime in April 2016, which just so happens to be the two-year anniversary for the end-of-support date of Windows XP.
The following operating systems will be affected by Google ending support for their Chrome web browser:
- Windows XP
- Windows Vista
- Mac OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard)
- Mac OS 10.7 (Lion)
- Mac OS 10.8 (Mountain Lion)
In other words, the only way to stay secure while enjoying the benefits of Google Chrome, is to use it on a supported operating system. This means updating your legacy hardware solutions to systems that can handle the latest operating systems, since they will be around for a while. The problem with this is that many businesses rely heavily on their legacy technology, and making such a dramatic change to their computing infrastructures isn’t an option if they want to keep operations pushing forward at full speed. When upgrading to more recent operating systems or modern hardware, legacy compatibility is a huge issue that needs to be addressed.
Besides the fact that many businesses feel comfortable with their technology, and don’t feel the need to replace it regularly, the primary problem with legacy technology is that updating is imperative, yet difficult to achieve realistically without the help of tech-savvy personnel. By eliminating support for antiquated operating systems like Windows XP, Google is giving its users an ultimatum: either upgrade to a more recent (and more secure) operating system, or forfeit the security (and performance) of Google Chrome by continuing to use an unsupported web browser. This might give users just the push they need, as being unable to safely use their favorite web browser can be annoying and frustrating.
Keep in mind that people who use the aforementioned operating systems will still be able to use Google Chrome, but not without forsaking security.
If you’re set on using Google Chrome, you want to make sure that you upgrade to systems that are supported. This goes for more than just Google Chrome, though; you want to make sure that all of your technology systems, including workstations and servers, are up to date and compatible with your legacy technology solutions. For help upgrading your technology systems to something from this decade, give Tektonic a call at (416) 256-9928.