Ransomware Attacks Force OS Change

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 10:07 AM gHale


Windows XP was a quality system that users felt very comfortable with, but the issue was they felt too comfortable to the point of not dropping it when Microsoft stopped supporting it.

Microsoft gave users plenty of time to transition to new operating systems, but they just wouldn’t go.

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One of the good things about the WannaCry and Petya ransomware attacks was they attacked the unsupported systems lingering with organizations around the world, which means companies are now moving to update to Windows 10 because it is secure against these infections.

While Windows 7 remains the number one desktop operating system for businesses, Windows 10 has finally managed to overtake Windows XP, according to research conducted by Spiceworks.

Windows 7 is the leader with no less than 68 percent of the installs in the enterprise, while Windows 10 is the runner-up with 13 percent. Windows XP comes third with 11 percent, followed by Windows 8 with 5 percent.

“With recent WannaCry and Petrwrap ransomware incidents disrupting businesses while making international headlines, organizations have a lot of incentive to move to more secure OSes,” said Peter Tsai, senior technology analyst at Spiceworks in a blog post.

As far as global Windows OS penetration rate is concerned, Windows 7 is again leading the charts with 84 percent, followed by Windows 10 with 60 percent and Windows XP with 42 percent.

Without a doubt, running Windows XP is a very risky decision given that support ended in April 2014, but on the other hand, it’s also worth mentioning that the biggest victim of WannaCry was actually Windows 7, despite still receiving security patches. That information leads back to the fact companies need to install patches as soon as possible.



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