We want to make sure all small business owners are aware of an important event happening next month. As of April 8, 2014, Microsoft will no longer provide technical assistance for Windows XP and Office 2003, including automatic updates that help protect your PC. According to Microsoft, more than 20 percent of small businesses are still using the XP platform, which Microsoft first introduced in 2001.
What does this mean for your business?
1. There will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates.
2. Without critical security updates, PCs could become vulnerable to harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software which can steal or damage business data and information.
3. Anti-virus software will not be able to fully protect PCs running Windows XP once the OS is no longer supported.
4. Businesses that continue to run Windows XP after support ends may be exposed to potential security threats, and may even risk breaching compliance standards depending on the industry in which they operate.
How do you stay protected?
To stay protected after support ends April 8, you have two options:
1. Upgrade your current PC: Very few older computers will be able to run Windows 8.1, which is the latest version of Windows. You may want to download and run the Windows Upgrade Assistant to check if your PC meets the system requirements for Windows 8.1 and then follow the steps in the tutorial to upgrade if your PC is able. For more detailed information, read the FAQ.
2. Get a new PC: If your current PC can’t run Windows 8.1, it might be time to consider shopping for a new one. The average price […]
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