Yesterday we talked about computers that use outdated web browsers to surf the Internet and how these software packages can negatively affect your ability to view websites properly.  Today we’ll talk about your computer’s operating system.

Before you discount the conversation, you need to hear one important fact–outdated operating systems can cause data loss, can open holes in your computer for hackers, and most importantly can expose vulnerabilities making it possible for miscreants to steal  your personal information such as bank account numbers, credit card information, etc.

So, how do you stop this?  The first place to start is to ensure that your computer operating system is up-to-date and that all security patches have been installed.  Below is a list of the two major desktop operating systems sold in the U.S.  If your computer is not in the top two or three versions in your favorite list and was not released within the last two or three years, it’s time to upgrade.

Microsoft Windows (upgrade information here):

  • WIN 8: October 28, 2012
  • WIN 7: July 22, 2009
  • WIN Vista: November 30, 2006
  • WIN XP: October 25, 2001
  • WIN ME: September 14, 2000
  • WIN 98: June 25, 1998
  • WIN 95: August 24, 1995
  • WIN 3.1 March 1, 1992

Apple Macintosh (upgrade information here):

  • Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks): June 10, 2013
  • Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion): July 25, 2012
  • Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion): July 20, 2011
  • Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard): June 8, 2009
  • Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard): October 26, 2007
  • Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger): April 29, 2005
  • Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther): October 24, 2003
  • Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar): August 23, 2002
  • Mac OS X 10.1 (Puma): September 25, 2001
  • Mac OS X 10.0 (Cheetah): March 24, 2001

If you need assistance with checking your computer’s operating system version, upgrading your OS, or are having issues in general with your computer, please feel free to contact our JASEtech team.

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