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Migrating off Windows XP: What’s the Rush?

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Microsoft has warned that users of their 12 year old operating system, Windows XP, are in grave danger of cyber-attacks if they do not move to a newer operating system by April 8, 2014. If you are still one of the millions of people using Windows XP you may be thinking to yourself “What’s the rush?” You may be perfectly happy with the old operating system, but unfortunately the time has come that you should change.

On April 8th Microsoft will no longer provide support for Windows XP and this means no more patches and security updates. Any vulnerabilities in the system, if discovered by hackers, will not be fixed. Experts worry that as Microsoft continues to patch security threats to Windows Vista, 7, and 8, they will inadvertently be telling the criminals what vulnerabilities are still in Windows XP. This puts a huge target on your back. Cyber-thieves can write malicious software to attack your system easier than the other operating systems and with no fear that they will be stopped.

Microsoft has been supporting XP for 12 years but now with several newer operating systems that are much more advanced in security, the time has come that we all must switch. Even though Windows XP is currently being supported, Microsoft says that those computers are six times more likely to be infected with malware even though Windows 8 encounters the same amount of malware. This will only get worse if you do not migrate off Windows XP after the April 8th deadline. And if you are running a network of computers and a single machine is running XP, your entire system may be compromised.

For many small businesses, the migration off Windows XP seems like a nightmare. They have not made proper plans for such a drastic change and they lack the IT infrastructure to coordinate one. This is where we come in. At Petronella Computer we are experts at developing operating system migration plans. We will help you choose the right approach for your business and make the entire process easier than you may think. Contact me for a free consultation, (919) 422-2607 or go to www.PetronellaComputer.com.