MS Windows 8.1 users advised to update now

Companies may be unable to defend against hackers if they fail to upgrade MS Windows 8.1, according to  reports.

With media attention highlighting the April end-of-life date for the majority of XP users, Microsoft has been quiet with regards to the potential risk users face if they do not update Windows 8.1. From May this year, without the upgrade, they won’t benefit from additional security updates.

The aim of the move is to ensure that users of 8.1 reap the advantages of the updates, but many developers are kicking up a fuss, as it essentially means that the upgrades are mandatory for both individuals and businesses that wish to maintain the security of their hardware.

Microsoft said:

“Since Microsoft wants to ensure that customers benefit from the best support and servicing experience and to coordinate and simplify servicing across both Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8.1 RT and Windows 8.1, this update will be considered a new servicing/support baseline.”

The company explained that essentially, those who have chosen to manually install updates will have a 30-day period in which to install the update on 8.1 devices.

Many businesses will be unaware that the update is required, which is why it is essential that every company has at least one person on the team who is aware of security and patching issues. It is to be expected that cyber security jobs will only become more mainstream due to such changes, not to mention other security issues of late.

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