|Protect your PC ... maybe
||[Aug. 17th, 2004|02:17 pm]
As of Wednesday Microsoft will be shipping Windows XP SP2 from their update site - you may even get it downloaded without having to do anything if you've set up your system to do so (a mistake in my opinion).|
Here is the article on the BBC's site about it
... and here is the Microsoft knowledge base article including all the programs which will stop working when you install SP2.
Also see http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=884130 (thanks Tom).
This is new.
Microsoft is claiming that they made sure no programs work for a reason.
The programs listed do not work because they utilize specific ports and the whole concept of sp2 is to secure all ports used in windows.
They only want specific ports open by having the companies test out their product then send in which port needs to be opened for that product. This way ,in theory, only the ports needed by important programs will be open disallowing any virus or trojans access to your computer and edventualy gaining complete conrtol of your pc.
I believe they went about this all wrong, they should have only release sp2 to specific companies first insted of allowing the general public access to it. People are just being caught in techinal mumbo jumbo.
Well you can look at this two ways.
Firstly Windows is supposed to be something the non-technical can just turn on and run. In that case they should have done a hell of a lot more testing against individual programs. I mean... don't their test machines use any of the listed programs?
on the other hand using a fire wall does require a bit of technical knowledge. Should I open a port as a program is requesting or is it mal-ware trying to subvert my computer? I'm a technical sort of person but even I get bemused by some of the possible settings in my Norton firewall. In that case only the technically competant should be allowed to own Windows :)
I'd edge towards the second of those - you have to have a licence before you can use a PC ... there's a thought although enforcing it would be fun :)