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1/23/2019
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Aging PCs Running Out-of-Date Software Bring Security Worries

Age is an issue with application languages and frameworks, too.

More than half of the software running on PCs around the world is outdated, with millions of users still logging into computers running Windows Vista and XP. That's just some of the information to come from a new report on PC software and the risks posed to security.

The "Avast 2019 PC Trends Report" is based on anonymized data from 163 million computers running Avast and AVG security software. It presents information on both the hardware and software running the world's business and personal applications — and the picture it paints is of an infrastructure growing older with each passing year.

In fact, the average age of a desktop PC is 6 years old, up from 5.5 years old in 2017. That's compared with less than a three-year average life span for a smartphone. Age continues to be an issue with application languages and frameworks, too. According to the report's authors, "Our report shows that the number of installed tools and frameworks is higher than 'real' apps, such as Office or Skype. In some cases, these aren't being kept up-to-date by the user or the vendor."

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1/24/2019 | 6:48:02 AM
No surprise
As a private consultant a few years ago, before moving to Georgia, I had many clients running relatively old (3 years or so) old sysems.  It ws my job, of course, to advocate for newer systems and in this I was pretty good, keeping an eye on budgets.  Medical offices were the hardest - they were tight with dollars perhaps because a $20,000 piece of equipment hurts so that is the way they think of everything.  501C3 were also hard but that was a real budget concern.  A few have almos gone under since I left for Georgia.  The trick was if not totally new, to go back a year or so.  Dell had a great refurb site, still exists, for systems off lease and a year old.  That is not too bad and helped the budgets.  Going totally NEW can be a dollar breaker.  I wish it were otherwise.  I had good backup and restore procedures though and defeated ransomware on a few occasions through catalog backups and home based off-site systems of my own.  (30 computers in the basement).  

 

Update - generally it was always a question of $$ as opposed to everything IS WORKING - why do we need to replace?  Tech answers are not understood.  
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