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Canada,United States : Campus to phase out web connectivity for computers operating on Windows XP

July 22, 2014

Campus computers using Windows XP will have access to the internet on an exceptions-only basis starting August 31, due to the fact that Microsoft discontinued support for the operating system, Information Technology Services has announced.

Microsoft ended updates and support for the XP operating system in April, leaving it vulnerable to security risks and viruses, and we ve been working with the campus technicians to develop a plan over the last few months, says assistant director Steve Banyai. If you use Internet Explorer 8 to surf the web you are further exposing your PC to additional threats. We have advised campus technicians to upgrade computers needing internet access to Windows 7 or 8.1.

Some computers are unable to update to current versions of Windows because they interact with another machine like a microscope or camera. Often these computers do not surf the web and therefore will not go outside of the campus firewall. In these cases, intranet traffic on XP will be enabled but the ability to the surf the web requires an exception from IT Services.

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Source: TendersInfo (India)

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