Windows XP Will Self-Destruct Today

April 8, 2014   //   Microsoft Windows, , , , , ,

Today is the day we have been warning you about for some time. The day Microsoft ends support for Windows XP and even though all of the XP devices in the world will not be self-destructing today, there are some important things you need to know if you continue to use it as your operating system.

After today there will be no more security updates or support for Windows XP. This will leave users vulnerable to malware and other security risks. Even if you have anti-virus software, that may not be enough to protect your business or data from risks such as viruses, spyware and other malicious software. Additionally, if your business is governed by a regulatory requirements like PCI, you may find yourself incompliant.

Some Windows XP users have chosen to ignore the April 8th deadline, as Microsoft recently released that they will be providing an extension of anti-malware for Windows XP until 2015. However, this doesn’t do a lot for XP users and there are still some glaring security holes for those running XP, as operating systems will no longer be patched. The 2015 anti-malware extension really means that Microsoft will provide updates for Microsoft Security Essentials and virus definition updates for Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection users.

SWC has created some additional resources to help you better understand Windows XP end of life and the impact it can have on your business:
Ask SWC: What Does Microsoft’s Windows XP Anti-Malware Extension Mean?
Only 98 Days Left for Microsoft Windows XP!
Ask SWC: Microsoft Windows XP And What Happens On April 8, 2014
CryptoLocker Virus Tips – Take Action Now!
Integrating Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2

For those businesses still running Windows XP, SWC can help you upgrade to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. We also offer solutions for virtual desktops. Finally, SWC offers desktop deployment assessments to help you identify where your vulnerabilities are and seamlessly migrate your business to the right desktop operating system.

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