Old news, but after April 8th, 2014 Microsoft is done with Windows XP (and Office 2003). Read what Microsoft has to say about retiring them here…
It’s no secret that XP is possibly the least secure Operating System currently in use, and from what I understand the “Bad Guys” are just waiting to pounce.
Please, if you are still using XP, and you value the data stored on that computer; consider unplugging it from the Internet after April 8th and getting yourself a new computer. It’s probably time.
I had a client ask me today “hey, what’s with all the patches and updates lately?”. Without even thinking, I replied “it’s the Anti-Virus of the day”.
I’ve been thinking about that some. If the current Anti-Virus products can’t protect our computers (and it appears they can’t), what can? Patches and updates. The “Bad Guys” are exploiting known vulnerabilities and the only way to stop them is to remove those vulnerabilities.
Is your “Anti-Virus” up-to-date? If not, maybe you should be thinking about creating a policy that defines what exactly should be on your computers, remove what shouldn’t be and then develop a procedure for keeping everything up-to-date.