Another OS ends support

You know Windows XP is about to lose support in April. By now, you’ve hopefully made succession plans. But did you know another popular OS – released almost a decade later – has already seen its support end? 

When Apple released a patch to address serious security issues in OS X, it didn’t update OS X 10.6, Snow Leopard. That system remains unpatched and seriously vulnerable. Versions 10.7 and 10.8, dubbed Lion and Mountain Lion, were patched.

But one-in-five Apple users is on version 10.6 or earlier. And while that may not be the smartest bet as far as security goes, keep in mind that is an operating system that was only released September of 2009 – a lifetime in IT, but not such a stretch for many users.

Keep an eye out

Unlike Microsoft, which announces end of life cycles well in advance, Apple doesn’t usually make a big to-do about when it will stop issuing security updates for its systems. The best it offers is a list of products that are no longer supported on its website.

So while many users are probably aware that their XP machines will stop receiving security updates, Mac users might still be in the dark about whether their OSs are secure.

First, you’ll want to make sure that you keep all your organization’s browsers, operating systems, applications, etc. up to date. That’s a given.

But also let users know about good patching and updating procedures for their personal devices. With consumerization and BYOD, the line between a company machine and a personal one is increasingly arbitrary. So you’ll want to have both updated.

Consider telling employees to install the latest updates for any Macs, iPhones and iPads. And when a new version comes out, inform them of the cost of upgrading, benefits and what versions might be pushed by the wayside.

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