~~As April 8th draws near, there are still many people and companies still using Window XP on their PC’s. If for some reason, you are not aware, Microsoft is going to pull the plug on Windows XP support, meaning that starting on April 9th there won’t be any new windows updates for it.
There are two main reasons why you need to upgrade to Windows 7 or Windows 8 by April 8th.
Hackers have been aware of this date since Microsoft announced it. They know how popular XP is still around the country and around the globe, especially in developing countries like China, India, and Taiwan. After April 8th, hackers may use vulnerabilities that they have found in Windows XP, but have not yet been disclosed, to attack the computers that have not upgraded.
Another reason for concern is that there will be new vulnerabilities found in windows XP that Microsoft won’t be patching. Even patches that Microsoft releases for Windows 7 and 8/8.1 can make Windows XP more vulnerable. Hackers can use those patches to figure out what vulnerability they are addressing, and then use that knowledge to try to exploit a similar vulnerability in windows XP, if it exists. This means that the longer you have the 12 year old OS in your computer, the more vulnerable you become and the more likely you are to become a victim of one of the many forms of cybercrime.
If you don’t want to be vulnerable to such attacks, please contact us right away. TRA consulting is an IT Consulting company that supports Long Beach, OC, and the Greater LA Area. We can help you upgrade your PC’s to a new operation system at a very reasonable price.
Recently there was an article that stated Microsoft has been helping the government shift away from Windows XP to Windows 7, and that only 10% of their computers are still running XP. They hope to get the last remaining computers upgrades in the next few months. However, banks are having a more difficult time moving their computers towards windows 7, especially their ATM’s. Just earlier this month, there was a figure on a CNN money article that up to 95% of bank ATM’s are still running windows XP and it doesn’t look like they will be able to make the April deadline. However, banks like JP Morgan have bought a one year extension of service and plan to move all of their ATM’s to Windows 7 as early as July.
What about the average person, or Small Office? Well, TRA Consulting is here for you. We are an IT Consulting and Computer repair company in Long Beach, and we also service the Greater LA Area, Orange County and the Southbay. Not only can we help you migrate away from Windows XP, but also help you with the overall security of your system and network. Like the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. And at TRA Consulting, we specialize in getting you that ounce of prevention at the best price possible.