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Monday, April 14, 2014

Microsoft Windows XP Ends It's 12 Years of Successful Run

Some good things must really come to an end, and for Computer users who got so used to in operating their computers with Windows XP, It is the time to let it go.
Windows XP (codenamed Whistler) is a personal computer operating system. The operating system was released to manufacturing on August 24, 2001, and generally released for retail sale on October 25, 2001. - wikipedia

Just in case, You haven't heard of Microsoft's announcement regarding them abandoning support for Microsoft Windows XP starting April 8, 2014. This article will help you understand what you must do with your Computer with XP in it.

Windows XP is one of the most successful products of Microsoft and some users will find a hard time to really let go and also abandon XP. Let's discuss first what will happen once Microsoft no longer supports XP. Your computer with Windows XP is at risk and you'll be vulnerable to hackers and scammers because they are going to be targeting computers who still runs XP. So, if you do online backing or run a website with XP, you definitely need to start thinking about your PC's security.

Now, Let's discuss what you should do to keep your PC safe.

According to Avira;
  • The best solution is clearly to move away from Windows XP. There are plenty of resources and tutorials in the Internet that teaches you how to migrate to Windows 7 or 8. 
  • You can try Hardening. Hardening is the process applied to a computer to reduce its attack surface. To identify and reduce the available ways to attack the computer. Typically this includes the removal of unnecessary software, unnecessary logins and the disabling or removal of unnecessary services.
  • Virtualize. If you're good old programs still runs on XP, Virtualizing might help. Disk2VHD from Microsoft will setup a virtual hard machine and play it with the free Microsoft Virtual PC under a safer operating system like Windows 7 or Windows 8. Just remember that in any circumstance, make sure though that even you harden the XP machine

It might be hard to migrate from Windows XP but the really best thing to do to keep your PC secured is to really let go but we as consumers still have the freedom to choose what we think will be the best for our computers. So, if you're gonna keep your XP, make sure that you can back it up and protect it from any threats.

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