July 4th, 2006
After July 11th, Microsoft will no longer release security patches for Windows 98 and Windows ME. This is bad news for users of these operating systems who cannot or don't want to migrate to a different operating system.
Brian Krebs of the Washington Post Security Fix blog is going to put together a testbed Windows 98 installation to find out what security software will run on these systems. This is a great idea but users of Windows 98 and ME need to realize that this buys you a few weeks or months at the most. With Microsoft withdrawing support for these operating systems, it's not going to be long until software houses also withdraw support for these operating systems (many already have, for example, Symantec's last AV package for Windows 98 and ME was Norton AntiVirus 2005).
If you're a Windows 98/ME user, what can you do?
- Disconnect from the Internet altogether
- Limit your online time
- Browse the Internet with Firefox or Opera
- Be very careful with email - use a web-based service
- Keep all important information stored off the PC
Short of disconnecting from the Internet altogether (and not being hooked up to a network of other systems connected to the Internet), none of these is 100% effective. The next serious vulnerability in either of these operating systems will leave you and your system open to being taken over or trashed.
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