After 12 years, Microsoft has decided to end support for Windows XP on April 8 2014. Critically, this means that security patches will no longer be provided, leaving a large number of users and systems potentially open to threats.
While tech-minded individuals will have upgraded long ago, Windows XP market share has actually grown in recent months, now up to 29% of desktops detected online.
Running a computer with Windows XP after April 8 has been likened to “turning on your house’s security system but leaving the doors and windows open.”
Others have compared the potential upcoming havoc to a mini-Y2K, and it’s easy to understand why when an estimated 95% of ATMs run on the soon-to-be-unsupported system.
For tips on how to protect yourself if you’re still using Windows XP, visit the Microsoft support page – http://windows.microsoft.com/en-au/windows/end-support-help