(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Support for Windows XP is quickly approaching, 19 days to be exact, and many users still have yet to transfer over to a different operating system.
According to NetMarketShare, 29% of computers across the world run on XP, including 20% of North American and European corporate computers, three quarters of Chinese PCs, and around 95% of U.S. ATMS.
Bloomberg Bussinessweek noted that roughly 15% of ATMs will be upgraded before April 8th, leaving thousands vulnerable to malware attacks.
“PCs running Windows XP after April 8, 2014, should not be considered to be protected, and it is important that you migrate to a current supported operating system – such as Windows 8.1 – so you can receive regular security updates to protect their computer from malicious attacks,” says Microsoft.
Without the support and security updates from Microsoft, users continuing to use XP will be left vulnerable to attacks from harmful viruses, spyware, and other “malicious software” that can damage your data and potentially steal your information.