The ACTUAL Situation for Windows XP

 

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We have been getting lots of calls from Windows XP users regarding the "end of life" alerts they have been receiving from Microsoft.  There are also lots of reports in the media about how XP will instantly become a target for cyber-criminals who have been holding off on attacking known XP vulnerabilities until Microsoft stops updating on April 8.  As such,  we wanted to take a minute to clear things up for those of you still running XP.  

 

 

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    We have been getting lots of calls from Windows XP users regarding the "end of life" alerts they have been receiving from Microsoft.  There are also lots of reports in the media about how XP will instantly become a target for cyber-criminals who have been holding off on attacking known XP vulnerabilities until Microsoft stops updating on April 8.  As such,  we wanted to take a minute to clear things up for those of you still running XP.  

     

    Windows XP will continue to operate after April 8, period.  However, Microsoft will no longer issue updates to patch newly discovered vulnerabilities in either Windows XP or Internet Explorer 8.  The greatest threat will be to those who continue to use Internet Explorer 8, 

     

    Follow the tips below, and you can continue to safely use Windows XP beyond April 8.  That being said, if you are still running XP, please understand your hardware is quite old and that you should start planning to transition to something newer.  Also, don't let fear of Windows 8 hold you back; as we can make a Windows 8 computer look and act like Windows 7 (see next article below).

     

    1.  Ensure you are behind a router  

    The router "hides" your computers from "drive-by infections" which sneak in through back doors in Windows.  The router is a physical Firewall for your network.  Pretty much all Telus and Shaw users today are behind a router.  Tip: If you have a wireless network in your home, you have a router.  

     

    2.  STOP using Internet Explorer 8

    This is going to be the MAIN target for cyber-criminals.  This is also where you do your online banking, so stop using Internet Explorer now.  We recommend moving up to a more modern browser such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox

     

    3.  Use a CURRENT Antivirus
    Ensure you have a modern antivirus, running the latest 2014 version.  This can be a free or paid software; just make sure it is their latest version.  Also, be sure to run a monthly full scan with your antivirus

     

    4.  Shut down the computer when not in use

     

    5.  Have a tech check your computer every 6 to 8 months

     

    6.  Consider upgrading to new equipment in the near future  

    Honestly, if you are still running Windows XP, then your hardware is likely very old; and you should be mentally planning for a transition when you can afford to do so.  Again, don't let fear of Windows 8 hold you back; as we can make a Windows 8 computer look and act like Windows 7 (see next article below). 


 

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