BEACON TRANSCRIPT – An alert has been issued by the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team of the Department of Homeland Security, urging Windows users to uninstall the QuickTime video player from Apple.
The call to action comes as a consequence of the fact that Apple will no longer update the program, which leaves it prone to high-risk bugs, as reported by TrendMicro, a security software maker. The company has discovered that QuickTime was previously vulnerable to critical bugs, but after it is released from the protection of Apple, it will be completely void of any security.
The message from the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team presses all Windows PC users to uninstall the software as quickly as possible:
“Computers running QuickTime for Windows will continue to work after support ends. However, using unsupported software may increase the risks from viruses and other security threats. Potential negative consequences include loss of confidentiality, integrity, or availability of data, as well as damage to system resources or business assets.”
So, you can continue to use QuickTime at your own risk, but you might lose your privacy and security, a process affecting not only your personal life but also your career. The team has also mentioned two important reasons for this message.
The first one is, of course, the fact that Apple will no longer release security patches for the video player. Since the video player will not be protected in the future, users are advised to uninstall the program from their computers. However, this is the case only for Windows users, as those who use Apple will still receive patches regularly.
The second one refers to the high-risk vulnerabilities uncovered by the Zero Day program from TrendMicro. It appears these vulnerabilities from QuickTime can be activated whenever the user unknowingly accesses malicious websites or tainted files.
When Apple stops sending security patches, the best thing to do is instantly removing the video player from your computer. In this way, you can prevent any potential attacks. Attacks making use of the flaws of the system have yet to be reported, but TrendMicro’s recommendation is to listen to the advice from Apple.
Since both companies and the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team are all urging us to take the same measures, it is clear the best thing to do is to get rid of QuickTime and use other video players.
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