Are you running Windows XP in your business?

Windows XP logo Are you ready for when Windows XP, Internet Explorer 6, and Office 2003 go unsupported next April 8, 2014?

You will no longer receive updates, including security updates, for these products from Microsoft.

It is important to note that after this date, customers running Windows XP will no longer receive new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates. This means that any new vulnerabilities discovered in Windows XP after its “end of life” will not be addressed by new security updates from Microsoft.

The very first month that Windows XP goes out of support, attackers will have the advantage. The first month that security updates for supported versions of Windows are released, attackers will reverse engineer those updates, find the vulnerabilities, and test Windows XP to see if it shares those vulnerabilities. If it does, attackers will attempt to develop exploit code that can take advantage of those vulnerabilities on Windows XP. Since security updates will no longer be available for Windows XP to address such vulnerabilities, Windows XP will essentially have a “zero day” vulnerability forever.

Tim Rains – Microsoft

Microsoft Security blog: The Risk of Running Windows XP After Support Ends April 2014

It’s estimated 40% of business PCs are running Windows XP. The security and privacy implications of end of support could have significant impacts on your business.

We can, with your permission of course, audit your office network(s) for all PCs and laptops running Windows XP and/or Office 2003 (and we really hope none of you are using IE6) and help you upgrade ahead of time.

Contact us if you’d like to learn more.

Update 9/3/2013: According to Microsoft will still patch Windows XP for a select group, from an estimated $50-200 per PC per year, and/or/may continue patching the aged OS with free fixes for critical vulnerabilities, maybe even those rated important.

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