Back in April 2015, Google released a statement on their blog saying that they will stop regular updates and security patches to Chrome on XP until the end of the year. It is now November and Google decided to make yet another announcement about updates to Chrome platform support.
“Today, we’re announcing the end of Chrome’s support for Windows XP, as well as Windows Vista, and Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7, and 10.8, since these platforms are no longer actively supported by Microsoft and Apple. Starting April 2016, Chrome will continue to function on these platforms but will no longer receive updates and security fixes.”
Combining the lack of patches for unsupported systems together with unpatched internet browsers does create “a greater potential to be infected by viruses and malware” as Marc Pawlinger, Google’s Director of Engineering, announced.
There is some good news ahead as, according to Net Market Share, Windows XP and Vista use has been declining. Market share for Windows XP stands at 11.5%, that of Vista is at less than 2% and Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7, and 10.8 collectively only have a market share of little over 1%.
But these operating systems are still being used and if you take care of an SMB operation it will take valuable time to manually audit which machines are running a particular operating system or software application. This is where GFI LanGuard can help as it can assist you in detecting – and you can also create a detailed report – of which machines are using what and which of these machines are on the verge of becoming unsupported? The good thing about GFI LanGuard is that it abstracts the OS difference, be it Windows XP, Windows Vista or newer operating systems such as Windows 8 and 10. Apart from this, GFI LanGuard is also able to list both Mac and Linus OSes.
This enables the IT administrator to have an amalgamated view and be able to treat all applications and operating systems the same way, or in this case, see which machines need to either have their OS updated, or if this is not possible, choose to use supported applications.
The first step is to do a network scan of your entire network. This will scan all installed patches and applications so that GFI LanGuard can build a complete view of the network status. A how to video can be found here.
Once the scan has been performed it’s time to deploy any patches needed. For more information about how to deploy patches, click here. Once your network is all patched up and up to date, specific administrators might require to filter and analyze machines that have specific applications installed. In this case it would be Chrome on Windows XP/Vista or older Mac OS versions. Click here to see how to find out which machines have a specific application installed.
If you haven’t tried out GFI LanGuard yet, why not try our free, fully functional 30-day trial which comes complete with GFI technical support? Alternatively you can click here to get more information about how GFI LanGuard can help you minimize your patching and vulnerability management.