RIP WINDOWS XP
After a Legendary Dozen Year Run, Microsoft Is Ending Support For Windows XP. That Means no further security updates or patches will be available for the operating system. Without Microsoft’s protection, all those Windows XP PCs will have targets painted on their hard drives.
Windows XP is still running on nearly 28% of all computers connected to the Internet. That's a lot of computers and users.
When Microsoft says it’s ending support for Windows XP, that means it will no longer produce security patches for critical vulnerabilities in the operating system. As time goes on, more and more critical security holes will be found, and attackers will have free reign to exploit them. Large organizations can pay exorbitant fees for continued custom Windows XP support, but those updates will never trickle out to everyday users or small businesses.
You'll still be able to install old security updates, but no new patches will be released
This sounds bad, but before you get too worried about Microsoft no longer providing patches, it's important to understand the other threats to your computer.
First, other software may have flaws in it, which allows an attacker to infect your computer. Cyber-criminals typically attack well-known bits of software that most people have, so Adobe Reader and Java are typical targets, no matter which version of Windows you're running. Just because Microsoft is going to Windows XP updates doesn't mean other manufacturers will do the same, so you can still update other bits of software.
Are You Using Windows Xp ? If Yes Then What To Do Next.
If you're still using Windows XP, it's probably for one of three reasons:
- You have a laptop or desktop from before 2007 and XP is what works.
- Change is hard, and upgrading costs money.
- You have a very specific application that only works with XP.
Download The Latest And Final Windows XP Update
The final "patch Tuesday" (Microsoft's term for security updates) for Windows XP was issued on April 8, 2014. Download the latest security updates. This is the last update Microsoft will issue.
Remove Those Software's Which Are Insecure
The Java browser plug-in is extremely exploit-prone on any operating system. Unless you really need Java for a specific purpose, you should uninstall it. If you do need it, be sure to disable the browser plug-in and keep it up-to-date.
Other browser plug-ins are also frequently targeted by attackers. Adobe Flash and Adobe Reader are particularly crucial, so keep them up-to-date. Modern versions update themselves automatically, but older versions didn’t even check for updates. If you don’t need these applications, you should probably uninstall them to lock down your XP system as much as possible.
Install And Keep Update Your Antivirus Software's And Anti Malware ToolsTo stop flaws in Windows XP being exploited, you need to have proper security software installed on your computer. This will help negate the impact of no longer having security updates coming from Microsoft. You need to choose carefully, though, as your existing security might not be good enough.
Although Microsoft has said that Security Essentials, its free security package, will continue to get XP updates until July 2015, you shouldn't rely on it, as it always comes near the bottom in our AV tests. Instead, you need to install decent security software to protect against threats.
Proper security software will protect Windows XPOf course, there's a chance that the security companies will stop providing new versions of their software or virus definitions that are compatible with Windows XP, but while that OS is still such a huge part of the market we can't see that happening for a few years. In other words, with proper security software installed on Windows XP, you've got peace of mind that your computer is as secure as it can be.
Use Firefox or Chrome Instead Of Internet ExplorerIf you have to continue using Windows XP, make sure your web browser is at least being updated. Your web browser is often the place where most users wind up getting infected with a virus or malware.
The latest version of Internet Explorer isn't even available on Windows XP. If you're still using XP, you're probably using IE 8 - which is more than two versions old.
Instead, move to Firefox or Google Chrome. Mozilla and Google have committed to supporting XP for at least another year.
Keep Update Your Drivers
Device drivers have been known to contain security flaws, which can be exploited, so it's important to keep these updated.
Switch To a New Operating System
If your existing computer can support Windows 8.1 ,you can upgrade for $199. But rather than spending $199 on software, you might want to look at getting a new computer or laptop.
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