End of life notice for Windows XP

Microsoft will no longer be releasing security updates for their most successful and well received operating system to date.

Today was the last official day of support for Microsoft's 12 year old Operating System, Windows XP.

The end of support for XP doesn't mean that you can't and shouldn't continue to use the OS, but it's important to consider the risks of doing so.

Risks

Your computer over time will become more vulnerable to security threats as security patches will not be released to fix known security holes in the OS. You could also fall out of compliance on security standards, especially if you handle credit card data.

Reduce your exposure

The most obvious way is to upgrade your OS or PC. In some cases your software, particularly in manufacturing, makes this impractical or impossible. The risk can be mitigated by continuing to use tools such as Antivirus, Webproxy's and Firewalls. Ensuring your local Windows firewall is enable will also provide a significant boost to security.

Need advice? Contact your account manager.

References:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/lifecycle

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/end-support-help

Get in touch

Call us on 0333 000 3210 or Email us hello@datcom.co.uk

  •  
    Our servers, systems and network are fully managed and monitored by Datcom. With the historical monitoring data, they can predict trends and spot issues on the network so they are resolved before they become a critical issue

    Managing Director

    Korbond

  •  
    Our recent server upgrade project was fully managed by Datcom. They provided the expertise, the technical knowledge and the onsite installation to ensure we have a fully working system with little or no downtime

    Office Manager

    FMC Global Talent