Telkom and Afrihost must make Windows upgrades free

An IT security strategist has called on local ISPs to zero-rate Microsoft OS updates on their networks.

Pieter Erasmus, who works in association with Moyo Business Advisory, said South Africans are at greater risk from cyberattacks due to the high cost of downloading OS updates.

“Many users often have to choose between leaving enough data for browsing and for email, or downloading upgrades from Microsoft,” he said.

“I think Internet service providers like MWEB, Telkom, and Afrihost should come to the party and not count upgrades as part of a data bundle, but rather make it a free service.”

Erasmus said threats from attacks such as the WannaCry ransomware were “far from over”, and that ensuring software was up to date was key to protecting users.

He said users should always download security updates for their OS as soon as they become available, and not open email attachments or links from unknown senders.

Now read: WannaCry ransomware – The details

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Telkom and Afrihost must make Windows upgrades free