Last thing I want to do is write a review, but I must say that the Kangaroo Mobile Desktop is a great little device. What is the Kangaroo Mobile Desktop? Basically it’s a Windows 10 computer the size of a smartphone such as the Nexus 6. It’s has an Atom X5-Z8500 quad-core processor that runs at between 1.2- and 2.2Ghz and comes with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage space. You can’t add extra RAM to it, but it has a micro SD card slot to increase the Kangaroo’s storage space. The Kangaroo Mobile Desktop also has 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth. The cool factor is the ability of the Kangaroo to connect to an iPad via USB and use it as a display with its OSLinx software.
So what does this have to cybersecurity? The Kangaroo Mobile Desktop sells for the amazingly low price of $99. Yes, $99 for a computer (monitor, keyboard and mouse not included). This is great for consumers, businesses, and public schools who are still using older computers running older versions of Windows, such as Windows XP and Windows Vista (you know we all know somebody still trying to run old versions of Windows). Microsoft eventually stops providing support for aging operating systems. Once this occurs, any new security flaws found in Windows will no longer be patched and updated. This poses a significant threat to the security of the computer. Furthermore, current, up-to-date virus protection may not be available for these operating systems (just because anti-virus is installed doesn’t mean that it is getting the latest virus definitions). Modern operating systems such as Windows 10 include advanced security technologies over older versions of Windows that are designed to make it harder to exploit vulnerabilities that may have affected older versions of Windows.
Reality is that most people hold onto old computers because of cost. Not to mention, people want to get their money’s worth from something that they possibly paid up to $1,000+. Mini-computers like the Kangaroo can be helpful tools in allowing consumers to recognize the security benefits of upgrading to a more modern operating system while also informing consumers that getting a new computer that includes the latest in security innovations and better online protection doesn’t have to be expensive.