Day of reckoning for Windows XP

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - Microsoft has been sending warnings for some time that after April 8th,  the company will no longer give technical support or security for the Windows XP operating system.

“You are more vulnerable than you would be, even though you still have the antivirus companies with protection, but XP is that layer of protection that’s not going to be there any more,”  said Brian Thokey, WDTN’s IT manager who recommends extra diligence.

There is also a warning about free scanning programs with unsolicited emails that read your machine is exposed to a virus.

“That’s how hackers and scams start.  They say, ‘Hey, we detected something on your machine, ‘click here’ and it’s really the scammer loading something illicit.”  Those words of advice are from Rob Evans, marketing director for Nautilus Hyosung in Miami Township, a major provider of ATMs.  Losing XP for financial institutions, he says, is not such a big deal because ATMs are secured with heavy firewalls with matching full security packages.

The latest version of Internet Explorer that Windows XP can run is Internet Explorer 8, with the most secure version is 11. That can only run on Windows 7 or 8.  It’s recommended that XP users should use Firefox or Chrome.

Also, Microsoft is offering 100 dollars off the purchase of a Windows 8 PC to anyone who wants to upgrade their system.

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