(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – As of this Tuesday, Microsoft will no longer be supporting Windows XP, leaving many computers still running the 12 year old operating system vulnerable to attacks.
Microsoft has been urging users to switch to a newer operating system for some time now, specifically Windows 8.1.
According to a post from the company, users have two options in staying protected after support for Windows XP ends, upgrade to Windows 8.1 or get a new computer.
If you are unsure if your PC can be upgraded, the Windows Upgrade Assistant can check to see if your PC meets the requirements for Windows 8.1.
Bloomberg BusinessWeek estimates that roughly 15% of ATMs will be upgraded before the deadline, 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.
For more information on how to switch over your information to a newer operating system, click here.