The clock is ticking down on Windows XP. Microsoft will end technical assistance for the 12-year-old operating system on April 8 and effectively stop delivering automatic updates and security patches to Windows XP users. Although many consumers, small businesses and even large enterprises have already transitioned to newer and more secure systems, an estimated 30 million desktop operating systems still run on Windows XP today and could be left vulnerable after April 8.
At Symantec, we firmly believe running up-to-date security products is a critical step in protecting your small business’ information and devices. However, even the best security products and Microsoft’s own Malicious Software Removal Tool can’t fully protect an outdated operating system. XP users will face increased risks after April 8 as cybercriminals try to take advantage of vulnerabilities.
Symantec products will continue to support Windows XP systems for the foreseeable future, but we strongly recommend small businesses still using Windows XP upgrade to a more current operating system as soon as possible and protect it with a robust security solution. Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition 2013 is a good option that’s built on multiple layers of protection, including Symantec Insight and SONAR, and designed to protect against new and unknown threats.
The end of support for XP shouldn’t come as a surprise, especially given recent trends toward more sophisticated technologies and connected devices. Also known as the “Internet of Things,” these new technologies deliver great conveniences and value – even in small businesses – but one thing is certain: it’s important to keep your information protected regardless of where it’s stored, accessed or shared.