kajb1313 wrote: ↑
Thu Sep 12, 2019 9:27 am
greg24 wrote: ↑
Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:16 pm
I have an iPhone 6 that I plan to use until it dies.
I also have a Windows 7 machine at home.
No concerns about security.
I am in the same position. I Phone 6 bought in Nov. 2014. Love it! Replaced battery once. Now down to 86% capacity. Will keep it until next fall when it will be 6 years new.
Dell Desktop Computer still running Windows 7 Home Premium. Probably will upgrade to Windows 10 as Turbo Tax will no longer support Windows 7 after 1/1/20. My Tech guy says its best to upgrade as I am no longer receiving any security updates.
Your lack of concern is not a lack of serious danger. Everything is digital now. You can use android or iOS, windows or mac or linux; but for whatever platforms you use it is imperative
to keep them up to date. Running outdated software on your devices is like randomly leaving copies of your front door key around town with the address and times you are not home etched into it. It really is that dangerous. It is not hard to keep up to date and most devices have the option to automatically install whatever new updates become available immediately upon release.
I really cannot stress this enough to all the bogleheads that do not take their cyber security seriously. You are putting your finances and your happiness at risk with a lax view to digital security. How many people here freeze their credit or take other anti-identity theft precautions but use a smartphone or computer that stopped getting security updates 2 years ago?
If you follow two rules you avoid most danger for regular folks:
1. Keep all the things updated all the time
2. Use a password manager and 2FA (not sms based if avoidable)
My Philosophy: BUY NEW, MAINTAIN & KEEP FOREVER! That's the only way to get the most value for your retail dollar.
This is not viable for digital products connected to the internet. Yes, you can keep them for much longer than average. I have an iPhone XR that replaced an iPhone 6 that I had for four years. I have a 2014 MacBook Pro that I keep updated to the latest editions of MacOS. But there is a limit where the software gap makes something effectively "dead" for the purposes of security. This is really, really important.
Almost all the major breaches you read about are not because the hackers got so smart they broke through top notch security, it is because the companies were lazy/cheap and did not update their software to install the latest patches. Equifax, OPM, Target, Marriott, etc etc etc