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End of the Line for XP and Office 2003

By Jeff Breuer

In less than 53 days, Microsoft will end product support for Windows XP and Office 2003. This also includes the Windows XP mode in Windows 7. What this means is that no more security updates or technical support will be available. While Microsoft may not be paying attention to you XP after April 8th, be sure hackers are.

Tim Rains, a Microsoft Director, writes: "After April 8, 2014, organizations that continue to run Windows XP won’t have this advantage over attackers any longer. The very first month that Microsoft releases security updates for supported versions of Windows, 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."

Potential Risks
Compliance - If you are governmentally regulated, like HIPPA, your operating system may no longer satisfy your compliance requirements. Security - Without continued software support from Microsoft, hackers will begin to reverse engineer the code of the final patch. Estimates say that within one month hackers will have done this and begin exploiting vulnerabilities. Lack of hardware support - Most new hardware released will lack the necessary drivers to run on XP machines.

What Does This Mean?
It means that now is the time to migrate from XP to a more secure OS like Windows 7 or 8.1. By upgrading to a newer OS, you will continue to receive support and security patches from Microsoft. There are many options for client who wish to upgrade. Contact Drake Hardware & Software and less us help you decide the best course of action for your company.