The final deadline for Windows XP support will act as a starting pistol for hackers, as they target hundreds of millions of user on unpatched system. Microsoft has already granted the 12-years-old OS several stays of execution, but the firm has said it will finally end extended support on 08/04/2014 – despite the fact that XP remains the second-most popular OS, with almost a third of PCs running it. These hundreds of millions of desktops and laptops will be vulnerable to hackers once XP stops receiving security update, with Microsoft warning earlier this year that hacker could use patches roe Windows 7 or Windows 8 to scout for XP exploits. The very first month that Microsoft releases security updates for supported version of Windows, attackers will reverse-engineer those updates, find the vulnerabilities on Windows XP. Since a security update will not be available for Windows XP after 08/04/2014 OS will essentially have a zero-day vulnerability forever.
Failure to migrate could leave businesses open to infections, dental-of-service attacks and data theft. Aside from the inconvenience and cost to address the attacks, companies can face fines. For example, Banks that fail to upgrade their software from XP will be liable if customer’s credit card data is stolen. There are also soft problems for companies that do not migrate to the most up-to-date software. Companies run the risk of being left behind the rest of the industry.
Most businesses have tried to avoid a full IT refresh amid the economic, uncertainty, with managers “hanging on” to the hardware they already have. They’re extending the life of [hardware] as best they can, through internal upgrade or additional memory – doing anything to increase performance without having to upgrade. Traditionally, PC’s are refreshed every four years. We’re seeing that extended dramatically to five or six years. Microsoft stated that corporations should have plenty time to complete their migration.
There is some comfort for business that are likely to miss the April deadline: they have the option of switching to Windows Server 2003, which is based on the seam kernel as Windows XP, but won’t be terminated until 14 July 2015. All the people we know who will miss the April 2014 deadline will easily hit April 2015. One mitigation strategy being employed by those who are set to miss the deadline is disconnecting vulnerable PCs running XP from the internet – but this isn’t without risk, either. Even if a device is only on private network another devices product – can be infected with malware outside and can bring it onto the private network, infecting other devices.
We would shout out a “strong message” to warn more users off XP before the April deadline. Go for the new Windows 8. Different interface but you will get use to it. You can still work the way you always have, using your familiar desktop and the Start button. But now, you can also experience it with the magic of touch. With the option of touch or mouse and keyboard you can quickly and easy get work done the way you want.