Today marks an end of an era for Windows XP, the 12 year old operating system that has dominated the last decade is being laid to rest by Microsoft, no longer offering support or updates despite many computers still relying on the outdated operating system.
So what do you do if you’re still using XP? The best option is to upgrade, after all Windows have given users a year’s warning, but if upgrading to Windows 7 or 8 hasn’t been possible then there are other steps you can take to protect your systems…
Firstly, ensure your computer is fully up to date when XP support and updates are pulled. New updates for Windows XP will cease from April 8th meaning any undiscovered vulnerabilities could be exploited by hackers with no threat of Windows patching the problem. By updating to the latest version of XP and having a fully patched machine you’re buying time by being protected from existing exploits.
Along with updating your operating system it’s also important to update programs like Adobe Flash and Oracle which are often targeted by hackers as an entry point to systems. Updating these types of programs are just as important as updating your operating system.
The chances are unlikely but if you don’t require an internet connection, then don’t use it. It’s simple; internet borne threats will not be able to attack your computer if it’s not connected to the internet.
The final and most reliable solution to protecting your Windows XP machine is to employ and maintain a reliable antivirus solution such as ESET. Many security programs are committed to continuing to protect Windows XP from attacks and vulnerabilities, by offering ongoing protection for your XP machine from new vulnerabilities you are best protecting yourself and your personal files and data from a cyber-attack.