Today marks the official last day of support for Microsoft’s longest lasting operating system as Windows XP will no longer receive support. The 12 year old Windows favorite is still running on nearly 30% of PCs, which will undoubtedly cause issues.
As a warning to all Windows XP users, you should not be receiving any updates or downloads from Microsoft regarding Windows XP with the exception of antimalware support. According to a recent post “Microsoft will continue to provide updates to our antimalware signatures and engine for Windows XP users through July 14, 2015. This does not affect the end-of-support date of Windows XP, or the supportability of Windows XP for other Microsoft products, which deliver and apply those signatures.”
While antimalware will continue to be supported, this is more of an emergency measure for the remaining XP users that have still not upgraded. Microsoft continues to recommend using modern software with up-to-date security technology. Remember, Windows XP was launched in late 2001 and has been surviving on major security updates over the past dozen years. The main security framework behind the updates is still ancient for technology standards.
Many people continue to use Windows XP due to the fact that third party security features are available and the switch to Windows 7 or 8 will take too much time. While you could get away with utilizing these third party options, the global end date will spawn severe hacking threats. XP users were already under attack this past winter, adding more stress to the Windows system that is “…6 times more likely to get attacked than Windows 7 users…”
While April 9th will not bring any type of “XP Apocalypse” after the media undoubtedly blows the end of life story out of proportion, there will be a day in the near future when the first of many Windows XP vulnerabilities will be revealed. The best thing you can do to prevent an attack is to begin your upgrade immediately. Microsoft is supporting antimalware through next July just for this reason. Until then, protect yourself with third party applications. Again, those will be temporary solutions. To begin your upgrade, you can contact us to get started.