Apr 182014

This is a copy of an email sent to all our clients.

Windows XP No Longer Supported

Windows XP LogoSince it has now been “officially” retired by Microsoft, we are getting a lot of questions about Windows XP. What should you do?

First off, it’s not going to just stop working. When Microsoft says they are not going to support it anymore, what they mean is they won’t be putting out anymore new patches or updates (Windows Updates as they are commonly called.)

So if you are still using Windows XP on any computers, what does this mean? It means that if the bad guys discover any new unpatched security holes in Windows XP, Microsoft is not going to patch them and your computer running Windows XP would then be more vulnerable to being hacked or infected.

So what should you do? The best thing to do is to get a new computer or upgrade the computer to Windows 7 or Windows 8.

If you feel the need to stick with XP for now and your XP computer is hooked up to the Internet, it’s imperative that you have a good a Anti-Virus/Anti-Malware program installed and up to date. I would recommend that it be set to run regular full scans of your system (like nightly.) I would also recommend you run weekly scans with Malwarebytes, which we have installed on many of your computers (be sure and click on the <Update> tab and check for updates before running it.)

HOWEVER, no Anti-Virus or Anti-Malware can protect any computer from everything, so you are taking more of a risk than if your computer was running Windows 7 or 8 or is a Mac. How much of a risk I can’t tell you and that’s the bottom line.

Tom Slaughter
Chief Technology Officer
& Guardian of Your Digital Sanity

 Posted by at 9:06 PM