Western Digital (WD) has launched many different storage products in its years of existence. In the meantime, however, some of these memories are extremely old. This age also causes insecurities, which the storage expert now wants to eliminate. The company has already closed four of the critical gaps.
“My Cloud OS 3” is insecure
WD apparently does not want to leave owners of older storage products in the lurch. Thus, the company has revised the so-called “My Cloud OS 3”, which was still used on earlier devices. In particular, the patches are supposed to ensure that it is made impossible for unauthorized persons to access the contents. By exploiting the now closed security gaps, it would have been possible for criminals to access the hard drive contents even without access rights, for example. The age of “My Cloud OS 3” itself becomes clear when you consider how long this product will be used at all. After all, WD no longer wants to support its cloud service of older devices from May 2022.
Switching to new products is advised
Since WD will soon no longer support its My Cloud OS 3 anyway, the manufacturer wants to at least provide more security on the last few meters. However, despite updating and closing the four sensitive security holes, the hard drive manufacturer advises owners of such old products to update. However, it does not refer to a mere software update. Instead, one should rather consider whether one should not rather reach for a more modern hard drive. After all, this step would be the safest one in view of the other dangers resulting from further insecurities. Older WD devices compatible with the current My Cloud OS 5 were already “excluded” from further support of My Cloud OS 3 on January 15 and can no longer offer many core features. This is to ensure that users are encouraged to install the latest and most secure software.