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Say Goodbye to Windows XP!

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If you are one of the 500 Million users still running Windows XP, you have until April 8, 2014 before security threats and malware attacks go through the roof! Microsoft has announced that on that date they will be ending all support for the 13-year old operating system.

What does this mean for the whopping one-third of PCs world-wide that still running XP? There will no longer be security updates, known as Patch Tuesday. Hackers will be free to write damaging programs that could infect your system, spy on you, or steal your personal data, without any fear of Microsoft stopping them.

Security professionals everywhere are predicting a storm of attacks. Viruses, Trojans, Ransomware, Keyloggers, you name it. If any computer on your system runs XP your entire network could be open to these attacks and any sensitive data may be compromised.

So why have so many people still not made the switch?

A shocking, 1 in 7 people do not even know about the fast approaching XP deadline. Be a good neighbor, friend, and colleague and spread the word! It is important that we educate everyone to make a change before it is too late.
For most organizations that have yet to make the switch, they are simply overwhelmed with the complex tasks of making such a massive platform switch. Many have business critical applications that are built for Windows XP. There are also hardware updates that may be inevitable. The cost of upgrading and the fear of hurting the business can be daunting. Small and medium sized businesses are struggling the most. They have relatively large IT infrastructure but lack the budget and technical staff to manage the move.

It may seem far cheaper and easier to just continue doing what works and dealing with the change as it comes. However, it is important to realize that the change is inevitable. If you keep postponing, the migration will only get harder. Not to mention the cost of losing your IT infrastructure in the case of a malware attack. The average cost per day that your system is down exceeds $12,500 per day for most businesses.

Proper planning and analysis of your system is the most crucial part of upgrading. If you are struggling to make the switch from Windows XP, call us at 919-355-5545 or go to www.petronellacomputer.com to find out how we can help. Migrating off Windows XP does not have to be a nightmare. We can make it easy, let us show you how.