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In 1999, David Lee Smith – who was later jailed – named his PC virus after a stripper called Melissa, and it swept the world, forcing some large companies to shut down their email gateways. That and some later malware successes forced Microsoft to spend two years rewriting Windows XP, and Windows XP Service Pack 2 was finally completed in 2004. After that, Bill Gates shut down the whole Windows division to train around 8,500 programmers in what he called, in a once-famous memo, Trustworthy Computing. This $500 million project introduced a new Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) that concentrated on things like threat modelling, code reviews and penetration testing. This greatly improved Windows’ security over the next decade. Microsoft also made “SDL’s tools, processes and guidance available free of charge to any organisation that wanted to adapt it to their own business”. It got more than 1m downloads by 2008, so many others benefited, too. As Windows became harder to exploit, attackers shifted their attention to weaker programs that were commonly found on Windows PCs. These included Sun’s (now Oracle’s) Java JRE, Macromedia’s (now Adobe’s) Reader and Flash Player, and Apple’s iTunes and QuickTime. This created a problem. You could keep Windows up to date by installing the security patches that Microsoft released on the second Tuesday of each month, but how could you keep non-Microsoft software up to date? Read All Comments: http://www.comentarismo.com/news/theguardianwhats-the-best-way-to-keep-windows-programs-up-to-date-technology-the-guardian

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