Tech Tips Home
The Best Tech Tips And Daily Deals
Newsletter On The Internet!

Shop online 24hrs a day or call us Mon-Fri
8:30AM-4:30PM EST - 1-800-915-2088
WorldStart Tech Tip And Store Search
Email: Password: Login Remember Me
looking for freeware

Like what you see here? Subscribe to the Tech Tips newsletter!   Email: Subscribe

Windows XP Could Become A Security Nightmare

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 by | Filed Under: Security Help
 
Loading...


The end of support for Windows XP could mean a security nightmare for those still using the operating system. XP is stable and loved by many of its users. It has a nearly 40% share of desktop operating systems, despite the fact that supports ends in April of 2014.

The end of Microsoft support means the end of security updates and bug fixes for the operating system and with so many millions of users ripe for the picking, that means those users will be a prime target for creators of malicious programs.

One of Microsoft’s top priorities is to convince businesses to leave XP behind before support ends. That would mean changing over nearly 600,000 PCs a day before April. XP is less secure than Windows 7 or 8 already and hackers may also be able to use security updates released for Windows 7 and 8 to reverse engineer ways to attack Windows XP.

Tim Rains from Microsoft explained how that could happen in a blog post:

“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.  Since a security update will never become available for Windows XP to address these vulnerabilities, Windows XP will essentially have a “zero day” vulnerability forever.”

He pointed out that Windows XP was the affected product in 45 Microsoft security bulletins between July 2012 and July 2013.  He went on to say that the security built into Windows XP is no longer sufficient to hold off modern attacks and that the infection rate for Windows XP is much higher than for Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Rains has earlier said,  “Windows XP was a great operating system in its time and provided value to a large number of people and organizations around the world for over a decade.  But all good things must come to an end.”

 ~ Cynthia

Tags: , , ,

3 Responses to “Windows XP Could Become A Security Nightmare”

  1. Stanley Huslin says:

    Microsoft is in business to make a profit, I understand that, so why don’t they provide security support for XP at a reasonable subscription price? I also understand that the profit might not be as great as selling a new OS, but it would make a few bucks.(Or more than a few.)

  2. Rajah Camm says:

    I’m surely not the only one who uses non Microsoft protection for my copies of XP… I trust my AVG and other apps will continue to support me for many years to come, specially with no Microsoft competition!

  3. Torrence Buttermore says:

    All Micrsoft wants is money, money, money. They don’t care at all about the user of their products. I will use the safety I have from other sources and keep XP that is far better than anything that have put out after it. I’t so simple to use as compared to the others. I will even transfer it from one working computer to another to make sure I never lose it.

Like these tips? Get them for FREE in your email!

WorldStart's Tech Tips Newsletter

  • Tech Tips Daily - Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

  • Tech Tips Weekly - If you don't want our Tech Tips newsletter every day, then sign up for this weekly newsletter to get the best information of the week. Sent on Fridays.

Other Newsletters

  • WorldStart's Daily Deals - Every week, we send out great deals in our Daily Deals newsletter. Many of these deals are exclusively for our Daily Deals newsletter subscribers and can't be found with our regular specials.

  • Just For Grins - Each issue includes a couple clean jokes, some funny quotes, and a hilarious reader's story. Newsletter is sent five days a week.


Enter Email Address:

Subscribe

Your e-mail address is safe with us!
We only use it to send you the newsletters you request. It is NEVER disclosed to a third party for any reason, ever! Plus, if you decided you don't like our newsletters (don't worry, you'll love them), unsubscribing is fast and easy.

Free Newsletter Signup



Tech Tips Daily

Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

Tech Tips Weekly

The week's best in tech and computer help. Get your issue sent to your email every Friday!

WorldStart's Daily Deals

The very best deals on the Internet! Get a new set of incredible sales every day of the week!

Just For Grins

Clean jokes, funny quotes, and hilarious comics. Sent 5 times a week straight to your email.


Subscribe


Love Worldstart? Refer A Friend!

looking for freeware
WorldStart's Premium Membership

Tip Archive


Categories:
Archives: