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Windows XP Will Be Hacker Heaven When It Is Retired

Posted on 08/13/2013

Windows XP Will Be Hacker Heaven When It Is Retired

Still running Windows XP? Why?

Mark your calendars for April 8, 2014, the day that Microsoft ends Windows XP support. And be aware that EONI will no longer support any operating system (OS) that is not supported by its maker. You can read what Microsoft says about this here:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/end-support-help
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/endofsupport.aspx

XP, if you remember, has been around since 2001, and has since been overshadowed by much-improved Windows 7 and Windows 8 OSes.

We have encouraged users for a long time to upgrade away from Windows XP if for no other reason than its security vulnerabilities. Industry security experts have long regarded Windows XP as one of the most insecure operating platforms out there. To illustrate, the How-To Geek tries to explain why you should consider moving to something safer:

http://www.howtogeek.com/77788/online-safety-why-you-should-give-up-windows-xp-for-good-2/

In a new Computerworld article of August 12, we are told to expect hackers to release a torrent of attacks, particular so-called "zero-day" attacks on XP systems immediately following the 4/8/2014 deadline.   By then, hopefully you will have upgraded to a later version of Windows or migrated to another more secure and modern operating system. Or if you must continue to use Windows XP, be certain that it is never connected to the Internet or to any other connected computer or router and be aware that you will be unable to receive support.

On a related note, be sure to keep on eye on EONI's online legal & policies pages for minimum system requirements and other information pertinent to your EONI experience. These systems requirements change over time, and especially when vendors drop support for their own products, which eventually will be the fate of Windows XP.  As of the day of this writing, 13 August 2013, only 237 days remain before XP support goes away, putting you at the potential mercy of unscrupulous hackers.