R.I.P. Windows XP. Current Users Now at Greater Cyber Risk

April 8th, 2014 by admin

The words 'Microsoft Windows XP', with logo floating above them

Microsoft Corporation has just announced it will stop supporting Windows XP, one of the world's most popular and successful operating systems.

Though Microsoft XP will not magically disappear from the desktops of anyone currently using it (which is a LOT of people!), Microsoft will stop supporting it. This means no more updates and patches. Microsoft Windows has stated that "technical assistance for Windows XP is no longer available, including automatic updates that help protect your PC."

If you are currently running Windows XP, please read on. This is extremely important!

We know you don't want to hear this, but it is time to replace every single XP machine attached to your home or office network.  

Since Microsoft will not be releasing any more security patches, XP is likely to become an easy route for hackers and virus writers to infiltrate your organization. It is therefore imperative that anyone still using Windows XP change over to a fully supported OS as soon as possible to limit cyber-security risk.

PC World's Windows XP "Obituary" points out that "in March...27.7 percent of all desktop PCs tracked by NetApplications ran Windows XP."  This is a staggering number of current XP users that are now at greater risk for cyber attack.

Don't wait until it's too late!

Please let us know if we can help walk you through this process and as always, contact us at MPA with any questions.

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