Windows XP users beware…after twelve years, Microsoft stopped support of the operating system on Tuesday, meaning they’ll no longer be looking for vulnerabilities and making patches to block viruses for it…leaving folks still using XP at high risk for cyber attack – meaning hacking, identity theft, and viruses.
“If I was a virus, the first thing I would do is I would start monitoring your key strokes, I would maybe start taking pictures through your webcam, I would be searching your hard drive for anything that looks like your social security number and your phone number”, said Greenmark I.T. C.E.O .Eric Warren.
He says 30 percent of businesses and consumers are still using XP. For businesses, this means one virus infected machine could spread through the network – and critical files could be in danger.
“What if as a business you don’t have a good backup and all of your files are gone and your XP machine on the network is flashing ‘you need to send 2 thousand dollars to this PayPal account within 24 hours or your files will be gone? What business can take that hit?” asked Warren.
For folks with XP, he says your best option is to buy a new computer. You have the option of upgrading your current computer to Windows 7 or 8, but he says you won’t be satisfied with the speed and performance of the computer with that system. If you want to continue using XP, he says at least use an online backup service.
“At least if your files get infected, you can get your computer cleaned or reformatted and you can get your files down from that online repository,” he said.
He makes the same recommendation for businesses, and says if they choose online backup, they should back up not only their server, but all work stations too.