Windows XP End-Of-Support Help
10 Things you should know about Windows XP End of Support on April 8, 2014 and what it means for you!
Windows XP is a 12 year old operating system that Microsoft no longer support without paying hefty fees. End of support means that software updates for Windows XP will no longer be distributed by Microsoft or its hardware partners. This includes security updates that help protect PCs from viruses, spyware, and other malicious software that can steal or damage personal information. It also includes maintenance updates that improve reliability and performance and ensure that Windows XP works well with other software and hardware.
- Security patches are no longer made available.
- Microsoft Security Essentials is no longer supported or able to be downloaded for XP and will alert users that a computer update is needed. Microsoft will provide virus signatures and engine updates only for a short time after April 8.
- Software vendors will begin dropping support for XP in their software since Microsoft is not supporting it.
- Users who use the web will be vulnerable to a multitude of new attacks with no fixes.
- Hackers will exploit holes in the operating system to do drive-by and other targeted attacks.
- 3rd Party Security software will become less effective due to vulnerabilities in XP.
- Users may run and update Google Chrome as their primary Internet browser but will still be vulnerable to OS attacks.
- Performance will be affected. Software updates are like car tune-ups: they keep things running smoothly. Without these updates, your PC won't run as smoothly or work as well with other software and hardware. Additionally, many hardware makers are no longer providing Windows XP drivers which means that PCs running Windows XP will be incompatible with new printers, scanners, keyboards, and other devices. Because of the security and performance risks, Microsoft recommends upgrading to the new Windows or purchasing a new Windows PC.
- Credit Card Industry PCI Non-compliant Status:
- If Windows XP is in your cardholder data environment (CDE), your business will fall out of compliance as of April 9, 2014, regardless of when your annual compliance validation is scheduled to take place.
- PCI DSS Requirement 6.2 states: Ensure that all system components and software are protected from known vulnerabilities by installing applicable vendor-supplied security patches. Install critical security patches within one month of release. (Source: www.pcisecuritystandards.org)
- HIPAA compliance will be affected. Although HIPAA doesn’t specified a required operating system. Having an unsupported and vulnerable OS will require remediation planning and action.
- The [HIPAA] Security Rule was written to allow flexibility for covered entities to implement security measures that best fit their organizational needs. The Security Rule does not specify minimum requirements for personal computer operating systems, but it does mandate requirements for information systems that contain electronic protected health information (e-PHI). Therefore, as part of the information system, the security capabilities of the operating system may be used to comply with technical safeguards standards and implementation specifications such as audit controls, unique user identification, integrity, person or entity authentication, or transmission security. Additionally, any known security vulnerabilities of an operating system should be considered in the covered entity’s risk analysis (e.g., does an operating system include known vulnerabilities for which a security patch is unavailable, e.g., because the operating system is no longer supported by its manufacturer).
Easy for you
Change is never easy, but let UserEasy make it easier! Windows XP support ended April 8, 2014. Yes, your computer booted up on April 9, but it is now less secure, less supported and causes lack of compliance with various security standards and business requirements. Windows XP has been a good operating system for over 12 years. Contact us how we can upgrade you to a much faster, secure system that can be functional and yet easy to use. UserEasy provides Windows 7 and Windows 8 computers, All-in-one machines, table-top computers, laptops, ultrabooks and more for both consumers and businesses of all sizes. We also provide training and customization that can help your migration be Easy.
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