Microsoft will no longer issue security patches for the operating system. Every time that Microsoft releases a security patch for Windows 7 and Windows 8, hackers will be clued-in to vulnerabilities that still exist within XP.
Boston, MA (PRWEB) April 10, 2014
Microsoft® finally discontinued support for the 12-year-old Windows XP operating system. And according to Boston-based Boost Software™, keeping Windows XP running could be hazardous to a computer’s health!
One of the more obvious reasons that using Windows XP is dangerous now, is that Microsoft will no longer issue security patches for the operating system. Every time that Microsoft releases a security patch for Windows 7 and Windows 8, hackers will be clued-in to vulnerabilities that still exist within XP.
The repercussions could be huge: As late as March 2014, Windows XP was still the second-most popular operating system in the world. (Windows 7 was the most popular operating system, with Windows 8 & 8.1 trailing behind Mac OS.) With computers being a common household item in the 21st Century, millions of homes are now at risk of having their credit card numbers, bank account information, and even identities stolen.
“Most people haven’t been fully warned as to how dangerous Windows XP is for them now,” says Erin Walsh, Director of Public Relations for Boost Software. “That’s why we’re using our blog to send an alert out to users of Windows XP. They are seriously putting themselves at risk after April 8!”
One article by PCWorld.com already suggests that computers running XP are attacked 6-7 times as often as those running Windows 7, Windows 8, or Mac OS. Another article suggests that the cost of keeping Windows XP computers running in the face of malware, viruses, and compatibility issues could run up to $300 per year per computer.
“I think we can save our readers a lot of trouble by letting them know about the dangers,” says Walsh. “The dangers of not upgrading haven’t been fully explained in the news media. But our readers are smart, and when they see the information put in front of them, they’ll know what they need to do.”
Boost Software is a Boston-based software company that provides computer system cleaners and PC enhancement tools. Maker of the popular PC HealthBoost, its latest program is PC SpeedBoost™. More information is available at http://BoostSoftware.com.