Is It Time To Buy A New Computer?
We’re bombarded with information about the latest security measures to such a degree that it can be tempting to bury our heads and pretend that it won’t affect us – especially if it means doing yet more updates.
The term “security fatigue” refers to feeling overloaded by stories and information about issues surrounding computer and internet security to such a point that we become reluctant to deal with any security alerts. But by not acting we are leaving an open door to the undesirables of the online world.
Spectre and Meltdown
The big scare story that broke at the beginning of the year wasn’t, in fact, a security breach – yet. “Spectre” and “Meltdown” were the names given to vulnerabilities that affected nearly every computer chip manufactured in the last 20 years – so that will include your computer.
Microsoft et al took measures as quickly as they could to fix these flaws as best they could – most of these fixes will have involved updates to your computers, tablets and phones - and if you haven’t followed the prompts to update your systems we advise that you do.
However, what has emerged is that for some people these updates have induced a noticeable, negative, impact in the performance on their computers. Microsoft admitted that PCs running older versions of Windows, or even just older Intel silicon, were having significant issues and that older PCs were hit the hardest, based on the way Windows was coded at the time.
Microsoft’s summary on performance issues:
Windows 10 (2016+) | Microsoft doesn’t expect most users to notice a change as the percentages will be reflected in milliseconds.
Windows 10 (2015 and older) | Some show more significant slowdowns and some users will notice a decrease in system performance.
Windows 8 and Windows 7 | Most users will notice a decrease in system performance.
This doesn’t mean that if you have an older machine you shouldn’t update – if you don’t you are more vulnerable now as the world, including the criminals, are aware of the flaws. What it does mean is that if your PC is older than a 2016 version it could be time to buy a new computer.