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The end of XP & The risk this creates

Microsoft Says anyone still using Windows XP operating system come April 8 will no longer receive technical support or security updates, and not having these security updates will expose the computer and data to security breaches, and theft.
For Business’s processing credit cards on these, “old” PC’s, the cost in Upgrading systems can run hundreds to thousands of dollars, but if you get  hacked it can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, and you could lose the privilege of taking any Credit Cards, possibly forever, and the law suits can last years.
http://www.kshb.com/money/consumer/microsoft-operating-system-change-could-put-businesses-consumers-at-risk

“We estimate that on 9 April we will see 20-25% of all enterprise PCs running XP,” said Michael Silver, a research vice-president at consultancy Gartner.

The software is still popular in many government departments and some studies suggest the majority of the world’s cash machines still run it.
One of the reasons that Microsoft is keen to stop people using XP is because it is feared that once the security updates stop, anyone still using XP will be a tempting target for hi-tech thieves.
Cyber-criminals keen to steal data or compromise machines often get a foothold by exploiting a problem in an application such as a web browser. Then they piggyback on the access that application has to a PC’s memory to burrow their way in deeper.
The good news is that many anti-virus companies are planning to keep on updating their products to spot malware aimed at XP. Most are keeping an eye on XP for at least a year and some will keep providing updates for much longer.

“Those upgrade and update projects can take 12-18 months to roll out,” said Mr Steer. “They are going to have to mitigate that risk in other ways.”
   http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-26432473

Bitdefender, ESET, G Data and Norman have all announced that they will continue to provide their security software with updates until the year 2016. These manufacturers have also refused to completely exclude the possibility of an extension of this support as long as it is still both technically possible and in demand among users.
Most manufacturers of anti-virus products have not yet specified a fixed date on which they will stop providing product support and regular updates, with all manufacturers planning to keep providing support for at least two more years. The companies have informed us that they will announce specific dates during the course of the year at the earliest and we will update the information provided in this article on a regular basis as soon as we receive any new details. Trend Micro, for example, has already confirmed that it will keep its products up to date until at least 2017, while Webroot even plans to delay the cancellation of updates for its products on Windows XP systems until at least April 2019.http://www.av-test.org/en/news/news-single-view/artikel/the-end-is-nigh-for-windows-xp-these-anti-virus-software-products-will-continue-to-protect-xp-after/

 Over a 3 year timespan, organizations that make the move to Windows 7 will see a 137% return on investment.
When taking account the time needed to manage XP systems relating to items such as downtime, malware, and other maintenance, Windows 7 increases productivity by up to 7.8 additional hours per year per worker.
Annual costs on maintenance for systems running Windows 7 compared to XP drop by a massive $700/year.

Windows 7 came out called Windows XP Mode. This allows customers to run a fully legal virtual copy of XP within Windows 7 that seamlessly integrates with the native OS for running XP-needy programs. This mode doesn’t work in all cases, as some online users state issues with it on particular custom programs,
   http://www.technibble.com/windows-xp-support-ends-in-april-2014-what-technicians-need-to-know/

Check here to see if you are running Windows xp  http://amirunningxp.com/  

What Windows has to say about all of this http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/enterprise/endofsupport.aspx

http://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/computer_protect

How to reduce risk, & prevent loss

I recommend the use of an alternative browser such as Google Chrome or Firefox, which will continue to be kept up to date with the best possible security, if the announcements made by their developers are anything to go by. The Internet Explorer browser for XP, on the other hand, will meet the same fate as the XP system and no longer receive any updates, thus causing it to become more and more vulnerable.

Business and Technical Level

  • Security updates from your Software and Hardware vendors. 
  • Create a security policy, computer security training manuals.
  • Develop a total recovery plan.
  • Hardware Firewall.
  • Anti Virus http://www.av-test.org/
  • Have a secure/strong password.
  • know location of all confidential files, discs, memory sticks, and all related confidential information actually is. Store everything securely.
  • Back up your computer data, with several sources of back-up

Personal level

  • Most banks and Cards allow you to go online and set up alerts for any unusual transactions, or activity. 
  • Set up All your accounts to require a pin number for all purchases.
  • Never give out your private information, social security number, mother’s maiden name or date of birth over the telephone unless you have initiated the call.
  • Software or Hardware Firewall
  • Anti Virus 
  • Do not use Outlook Express.
  • Have a secure/strong password.
  • Back up your computer data, with several sources of back-up.

Software links (Protect Yourself)

Hardware Links

  • Hard drive duplicator Cavalry Retriever Series EN-CAHDD2BU3C-ZB   2.5 to 3.5 adapter 
  • Cable Matters SuperSpeed USB 3.0/2.0 to HDMI/DVI Adapter  
  • USB to VGA 
  • Top desktop threats 3/6/14


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