Windows XP Coming to an End..and how it affects you

RIP WIN XP

So you’ve resisted Windows 7 and when Windows 8 came out you knew you hated that update. Your old computer running Windows XP has been just fine all this time and you haven’t found a reason to upgrade or get rid of it yet. Maybe you work at a company that has some old applications that just didn’t work on Windows 7 and XP was just easier for the IT department to keep, or cheaper for the accounting department to not have to put out a bunch of cash to upgrade. Well now, all of that has come to a bubbling head. On April 8, 2014, Microsoft officially ends support for Windows XP. But what does that really mean?

RIP WIN XP Hackers continue to go after Windows XP as a target with many operating system flaws. Routinely they sell this information to those who would look to steal your data, financial information or many other tidbits stored on your computer. However, over the past couple of months, these hackers have grown silent. Maybe they decided to quick attacking an operating system that is just going away. Well, nothing could be further from the truth. Hackers have stopped selling their new found flaws in the XP operating system because after April 8, when Microsoft stops supporting the updates to the system, these exploits gain exponential value on the black market. What does all of that mean in plain English? When Microsoft stops fixing the flaws in the operating system, the hackers can sell their exploits because whoever buys the information to attack your computer doesn’t have to worry that the machine will ever get fixed. Microsoft isn’t going to patch them anymore. Your computer is vulnerable forever in whatever state it is left when April 8, 2014 rolls around. The hackers have control over your pc using their exploit until they don’t need your machine anymore. Then they could simply just issue a command that wipes out your computer, and you’ll be left to wonder what the heck just happened and if your data wasn’t backed up, you’ll be left high and dry. Even Microsoft addresses this entire XP issue on their own security blog. This isn’t something you’ll want to ignore or wait until the last minute to address, especially if you work for a company running XP operating systems. The closer to April 8, 2014 you wait to update, the more it will probably cost you in hassle, last minute IT scheduling and a host of other potential issues.

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