Why Windows XP Users Should Upgrade Now

Two weekends ago, we all witnessed the “WannaCrypt” global ransomware attack on businesses, governments, and individuals in more than 150 countries across the globe. “One thing many of the targets have in common is that they’re running old Windows operating systems like Windows XP, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2003, which now only usually receive patches if the organisation using them are receiving special custom support.” – www.zdnet.com

It has been over 3 years since Microsoft stopped supporting Windows XP users with security updates and technical support. If you or your business are using Windows XP, you are vulnerable to the Ransomware attacks noted above. Once the virus penetrates your network through these unsecured sources it can spread to all computers in your network shutting down your network and potentially your business.

What is end of support?

After 12 years, support for Windows XP ended April 8, 2014. There are no more security updates or technical support for the Windows XP operating system. It is very important that customers and partners migrate to a modern operating system such as Windows 10. Customers moving to a modern operating system will benefit from dramatically enhanced security, broad device choice for a mobile workforce, higher user productivity, and a lower total cost of ownership through improved management capabilities.

What does this mean?

It means you should take action. Since April 8, 2014, Microsoft  has no longer provided security updates or technical support for Windows XP. Security updates patch vulnerabilities that may be exploited by malware and help keep users and their data safer. PCs running Windows XP after April 8, 2014, should not be considered to be protected, and it is important that you migrate to a current supported operating system – such as Windows 10 – so you can receive regular security updates to protect their computer from malicious attacks.- Microsoft

Kinetix Solutions is recommending that all Windows XP users upgrade now. If you think you or your organization may be still using Windows XP or need a no obligation network evaluation please contact us below.

Please contact us @ 855.4TEK.NOW, option 1 or support@kinetixsolutions.com


Your Kinetix Team