Windows XP; End of support April 2014, what’s next?

Windows XP; End of support April 2014, what’s next?The end of support for Windows XP is right around the corner (April 8th 2014). With no more updates, the security implications are huge, particularly since Windows XP still has almost 30% of the desktop market.If you’re still a Win XP user, you are probably wondering what to do when support stops.

Windows XP was and still is a very popular operating system, but as it is right now, Windows XP users are already attacked 6 times more than Windows 7 Users; and this may get worse as security fixes stop coming out. This OS will become an easy target for hackers.

Our first advice is to move on. You may not like the idea of upgrading to Windows 8, especially after all the bad press. Eventually software and websites will stop working in Windows XP, forcing you to upgrade.

Windows 8 has an unfamiliar interface, but with some customization, we can make it look and feel just like Windows 7!

But I need to stick with Windows XP; what can I do to be safe?

Here we share a few tips to keep your PC safe.

  • Start using an updated browser; Internet Explorer for Windows XP stopped getting updates a long time ago, the newest version of IE available for Win XP was Internet Explorer 8. It Is several generations old. Google’s Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox browsers will still work with windows XP, and will keep getting security updates. If you switch, you will have a secure and modern browser.
  • Most antivirus solutions will still continue to support Windows XP, at least for another year. Having an up to date antivirus will help in detecting possible threats attacking Windows XP.
  • If you are still using Outlook Express as an email client, you should consider switching to a more modern program like Mozilla Thunderbird, Eudora or a full version of Outlook available with some versions of Microsoft Office 2007 or above.
  • Remove or update third party software. Some plugins like Java, Flash, and Adobe reader are often targeted by hackers to get into your computer. If you don’t use this programs, simply uninstall them, and if you do use them, try to install all their available updates for as long as they support it.
  • Create a “Limited” user account for your day to day use. When using a limited user account, your computer will require an Administrator password to perform installations, or change system settings. If you do not recognize a process asking for a password to access your system, you can simply cancel it, and deny the install.

Whatever your decision is, we are here to help you in the process, feel free to give us a call if you have any concerns. If you decide to take a leap and get a new computer with a modern operating system, we can take care of moving the data,  migrating as many as your old programs as possible and installing or re-installing newer programs where necessary.

Your Tech Guru’s,
Scott and Joshua

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