Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Upgrade From Windows XP Or Get Ready To Face Infinite Zero Days

The Redmond based software giant Microsoft is intensifying its efforts to make users get free from the twelve year old Windows XP operating system saying that they are going to stop the support provided for the oldest Windows operating system in use now in a few months time. What follows that is infinite zero days, i.e days without any security patches and software updates for Windows XP. One could check these measures to make the users scrap the Windows XP operating system as a drastic effort from Microsoft to increase the sales of their failed operating system Windows 8.

The director of Microsoft Trustworthy Computing Tim Rains stated in the latest Microsoft support page blog about the Windows XP situation saying, "There is a sense of urgency because after April 8 [2014], Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) customers will no longer receive new security updates, non-security hot fixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates. This means that any new vulnerability discovered in Windows XP after its 'end of life' will not be addressed by new security updates from Microsoft."

Rains also said that when the operators fix vulnerability in the software by releasing a patch, the hackers or malicious users reverse engineer the patch in an effort for finding trapdoors and for creating exploits. Once they have found what they needed, they make use of the exploit on users who have not installed the update. The developers will be forced to release a new patch for fixing the new exploit created by the hackers. The scenario that may come into view if Microsoft stops the support for Windows XP will be catastrophic since there will not be any security updates or patches to be released, the hackers will have a free reign over the operating system.

According to the latest statistics from Microsoft support page, over 64% of enterprise companies still have not migrated from the age-old Windows XP operating system. Microsoft warns these companies that when they stop the support provided to the Windows XP computer, the system may become highly susceptible to outside attacks and no protection software will be able to resist the attack.

Therefore, it will be in your best interests to upgrade to the newer and better operating system released by Microsoft, Windows 8.1. It has been proved that Windows 8.1 is the most secure operating system available in the market now. So why wait, go ahead for a newer and better computing future. 

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