Security News

It’s the end of an era: Windows 7 will reach end of support tomorrow, on January 14, a decade after its initial release, with Microsoft to no longer provide users with software updates and security updates or fixes.

“The specific end of support day for Windows 7 will be January 14, 2020,” Microsoft says. “After that, technical assistance and software updates from Windows Update that help protect your PC will no longer be available for the product.

Therefore, it’s important that you upgrade to a modern operating system such as Windows 10, which can provide the latest security updates to help keep you and your data safer.”

For products that have reached their end of support, Microsoft stops providing bug fixes for issues that are discovered, security fixes for newly found vulnerabilities, or technical support.

Customers who still use end of service software are advised to move to a new Windows 10 device or to upgrade as soon as possible to avoid falling victim to malware infections and attacks exploiting newly discovered security risks.

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The Tails Project released a new version of the security-focused Tails Linux distribution and advises users to upgrade as soon as possible to fix multiple security vulnerabilities impacting the previous Tails 4.1.1 version.

Tails (short for The Amnesic Incognito Live System) is a Linux distro focused on guarding its users’ anonymity and help them circumvent censorship by forcing all Internet connections through the Tor network.

The new Tails 4.2 version also comes with important improvements to its automatic upgrade feature, new command-line tools for SecureDrop users “to analyze the metadata of leaked documents on computers that cannot use the Additional Software feature”, and some additional updates.

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Google has released Chrome 79 today, December 10th, 2019, to the Stable desktop channel and it comes with bug fixes, new features, and 51 security fixes. Included are new features such as Tab Freeze, back-forward cache, and security enhancements such as improved phishing protection and compromised password alerts.

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