Windows XP: The End Is Nigh

Tombstone with the name BYE

Windows XP: Time To Say Bye

If you are using Windows XP, with any luck, you will know that you only have days left before Microsoft ends it’s support.

What does this mean for you?

To put it into prespective, whilst you will need to do something, your computer will not spontaneously combust on Saturday morning – or at least if it does the end of Windows XP would not be the cause.

You will still be able to use your computer on Saturday, and on Sunday, and for the foreseable future. Microsoft ending it’s support for XP won’t affect the operational aspect of you using your computer or laptop.

What it does mean is that you will now be more vulnerable to attack – Microsoft are washing their hands of any critical flaws or new vulnerabilites associated with XP.

“But I have an anti virus installed on my computer – so I don’t need to worry?”

Windows XP: The End Is Nigh

Microsoft aren’t the only company who are no longer supporting XP – all decent anti virus packages update their software on a regular basis to keep abreast with new viruses and security threats; but will they bother with XP if Microsoft don’t?

And out of the realms of IT some financial institutions are reacting to the demise of XP by no longer allowing you to use their online systems if you haven’t upgraded. Why should they risk you trying to reclaim money that has been illegally taken from your account if it is down to the fact that you have an unsafe computer?

If you use your Windows XP machine for nothing more than a glorified typewriter, you never go online and you never access email you should be ok: if not I am afraid for Windows XP, The End Is Nigh.



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