End of XP support…what do I do now????

The end of support for the Microsoft XP Operating system:  Microsoft no longer produces security patches for critical vulnerabilities in that operating system. As time goes on, more and more critical security holes will be found, and attackers will have free reign to exploit them. Software vendors will follow suite as they will no longer produce new software or updates for XP.

If you cannot upgrade now you should install Mozilla or Chrome browsers, import your favorites and use that path to get to your destination URLs.  Mozilla has no support end date but Chrome will at least hold support until next April. It would be advisable to keep check on your virus and malware protection (see my other posts), update Adobe Flash and Reader regularly and disable Java if you can live without it. XP users in reality should not use these even in current OS environments as hackers love to prey on security holes in these applications.

There is no question that your best choice is to upgrade or purchase a new PC. First you will need to verify the hardware on your  PC is compatible with Windows 7.  Visit this site and download the application to check. Keep in mind your software will have to be re-installed  and there may be issues there also. Microsoft has teamed up with a company called Laplink to help customers on XP prepare to move to a new PC. The free tool, called PCmover Express for Windows XP, will be available beginning this month and works by copying files and settings from Windows XP to a new device running Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1.

There is a lot here to chew on. If you need any help we can make a smooth transition to whatever path you prefer; Windows 7, 8, (8.1), a new PC or MAC. Give us a call and we’ll get you back on track quickly and secure in your new environment.

           -> Michael S. Ziccardi
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