(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – As of Tuesday, Microsoft officially ended support for its 12 year old operating system, Windows XP, leaving many computers still running the system vulnerable to malicious attacks.
What do you do now that support has ended? You can continue using XP, although all your information is no longer protected, or upgrade to a different operating system.
According to a Windows blog, Microsoft recommends either upgrading to Windows 8.1 or get an entirely new computer as many older PCs do not meet the requirements of switching to a newer operating system.
If you are unsure if your PC can be upgraded, Windows Upgrade Assistant can scan your device and tell you if it is compatible with Windows 8 or 8.1.
“Internet Explorer 8 is also no longer supported, so if your Windows XP PC is connected to the Internet and you use Internet Explorer 8 to surf the web, you might be exposing your PC to additional threats. Also, as more software and hardware manufacturers continue to optimize for more recent versions of Windows, you can expect to encounter more apps and devices that do not work with Windows XP,” says Windows blog post.
For more information on how to switch over your information to a newer operating system, click here.