This will take place on April
and Microsoft has already announced this
publicly. This would not be a problem if all Windows users
would have already migrated to more recent versions of Windows or do
so by the mentioned date. However, according to our statistics based
on the KSN technology during the last 30 days, 18% of Windows users
worldwide still use the XP platform.
What is the problem exactly? Well, initially, with the
discontinuation of support for Windows XP, Microsoft will no longer
work on updates / patches for the vulnerabilities that appear after
the mentioned date. These vulnerabilities will undoubtedly be used
by attackers through the creation of exploits to compromise
machines. In other words, any Windows XP vulnerability found after
April 8th, 2014, will prove effective for cybercriminals and will
simply not have an official patch for the operating system.
Secondly, once Microsoft’s support for Windows XP ends, other
software providers will also stop supporting it in their own
products and what will then happen is that users will not only be
left with a vulnerable operating system but with third party
applications that are also vulnerable, thus multiplying the
possibility of infection that will allow cybercriminals to access
the confidential information of their victims. In reality, this is a
chain reaction that cannot be repaired unless users migrate to a
newer version of Microsoft Windows.
Finally, since cybercriminals are constantly developing new ways of
attack, Anti-Virus companies will also improve their products and
introduce new technologies in their newer versions; however, these
will no longer support Windows XP either.
This is a red alert to Windows XP users for them to migrate their
operating systems to newer versions of Microsoft Windows. The best
option is to upgrade by installing a Windows system that runs on the
64 bits architecture.
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