Upgrade NOW to avoid downtime later.

As you may have already heard, starting on April 8, 2014 no new security patches for Windows XP will be produced. This doesn’t mean Windows XP systems will stop functioning, you can continue to use them and even download old security patches, but no new ones will be produced.

Businesses postponing migrating away from Windows XP face increasing levels of risk from malware in the form of viruses, Trojans, keyloggers, and botnets. Unfortunately it cannot be assumed that anti-virus and anti-malware tools alone will always be sufficient in preventing infection. Ultimately without regular patch updates, Windows XP stands to become a target of malicious actors.

Tech Help suggests that businesses begin the process of upgrading their older machines to newer, more secure, operating systems such as Windows 7.

You may still have important Windows XP applications. If your entire business is going to grind to a halt because you can’t run an old application on Windows XP, you can still upgrade your computer to a more modern operating system, such as Windows 7 Professional. This version of the Windows 7 operating system contains Windows XP mode, which allows you to run applications in a special Windows XP system. Essentially, your computer will run an isolated copy of Windows XP where your Windows XP applications can run. If this is a scenario which your business might find itself, it is important to begin the process of migration sooner, rather than later, to avoid any compatibility issues.

A significant threat exists and businesses concerned with their corporate, customer and network security should begin the process of migration.

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