Microsoft has announced that they are ending support for Windows XP and Office 2003 on April 8th, 2014. Considering that both Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2003 are now over 10 years old, it is probably time you retire them as well.
You are probably thinking – Why should I upgrade? Windows XP and/or Office 2003 have been working just fine for me or our office.
While they may be working just fine, in the 10 years that Windows XP and Office 2003 have been around, there have been well over 1,000 patches, security updates, and bug fixes. These security updates and patches are important as they keep hackers out of your computer.
Every day, new viruses, and exploits are discovered. With Microsoft not releasing security fixes for Windows XP and Office 2003, hackers (and other malicious people) will continue to find ways into your computers, but now there won’t be security fixes issued for them.
Just running older versions of Windows that are connected to the internet, can put your whole company at risk. It takes just one insecure device to allow hackers, and malicious people into your company’s network.
Picture this, your accountant clicks a link in Google for what she believes are tax table updates for her accounting program. Instead, it is a malicious link that downloads a trojan horse to her computer. This trojan horse calls home to a hacker outside of the country, and allows them to access all the data on her computer.
Millions of incidents like this happen daily. Protector your company’s data and upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7.
If you would like information on upgrading your company’s computer systems from Windows XP to Windows 7, please contact us today!