Menu
Apple Watch aka Gizmo has unannounced Power Reserve Mode

Apple Watch aka Gizmo Has Unannounced Power Reserve Mode

Will Smith's Focus Spanks Fifty Shades of Grey at the Box Office

Will Smith's Focus Spanks Fifty Shades of Grey at the Box Office

HTC M9 goes official with 20 MP camera and new color options

HTC M9 Goes Official with 20 MP Camera and New Color Options

Samsung has raised the bar with the all new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge

Samsung Has Raised the Bar with the All-New Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge

HTC Re Vive VR Headset revealed

HTC RE Vive VR Headset Revealed

Windows XP Owners to Face Security Risks

Apr 8 2014, 5:20am CDT | by , in News | Technology News

Windows XP Owners to Face Security Risks
Getty Images

Those people (Windows XP users) without any flexibility in their thinking are up against some hard times. That is why Windows XP owners are left to their own devices thanks to the changes in the system. The users of Windows XP will have to face security risks and viruses on their own after April 8th.

Cyber-hackers will be in a feeding frenzy once the April 8th date is reached. For that is the exact time when the security and protection of Windows XP goes out the window (pun intended). The fact that the Windows XP system is old and decrepit by now means that any two-bit hacker can create malware that will harm Windows XP systems once Microsoft’s aegis is removed.  

While the system lasted more than a decade, now is the time to say goodbye to it. Nevertheless, the issue of the system continuing to control some 20% to 30% of the world’s PCs gives one the creeps. The fact that banks, businesses and restaurants still employ the same old software and will continue to employ it is a source of worry. The situation is indeed a precarious one. 

"I am sure you have everything from police departments to banks to legal offices to restaurants," Trustwave director Christopher Pogue said while discussing the extent to which Windows XP is still used. "Think of a business and they probably run XP; I would say everyone is in equal danger."

Cyber-criminals have come to haunt the airwaves of the Internet. They lurk at every corner and are ready to pounce upon anyone with a naïve outlook. 

"You are talking literally millions of computers systems that will cease to receive regular security updates," Pogue said. "That is obviously causing a panic because of new vulnerabilities that will be introduced."

But the attitude of Windows XP users who refuse to budge is not just naïve. It is virtually suicidal. Their PC software systems will be torn to shreds by the barracuda that haunt the shady edges of cyberspace. And Microsoft is sick and tired of giving any guarantees. It wants out. 

The new chinks in the armor will surely be a source of danger. But what can be done when you have an unmoving mindset which some of the fans of the XP system possess in plenty. There’s no way out of such a system where belief is so strong that no argument will create change in viewpoint.

"In a lot of cases, it is that Windows XP is good enough and people didn't see the business value to spending money to upgrade," Silver said of businesses hanging on to XP as new versions of Windows came and went. "It is a risky attitude, given what issues they could have. These folks knew this was coming, too."

 

The whole XP shebang got going in 2001. But today it is 2014. That means it has been in existence for a long time indeed. And it would be best if we let go of the past. 

Source: Yahoo! News

You Might Also Like

Read the Latest

Gareth Neame reviews Downton Abbey Season 5

Gareth Neame reviews Downton Abbey Season 5 With a lot of shockers, romantic revelations and characters leaving and entering, season 5 of the Downton Abbey comes...

1 hour ago

Photo credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Here's Why Suicide Rates In the Middle-Aged Are Increasing: Report Researchers say the Great Recession after the last Bush presidency is largely to blame for rising suicide rates. But...

1 hour ago

Sam Smith tops First Official Streaming Albums Chart

Sam Smith tops First Official Streaming Albums Chart Sam Smith has now become the historic winner in race to claim the number 1 position in the first Official Albums Chart...

2 hours ago

Michelle Rodriguez apologizes for Minority Superhero Comments

Michelle Rodriguez apologizes for Minority Superhero Comments Michelle Rodriguez clarified her point on Facebook about fitting race into superhero roles in Hollywood. She apologized...

3 hours ago

William Shatner’s Absence from Leonard Nimoy’s Funeral sparks Controversy

William Shatner’s Absence from Leonard Nimoy’s Funeral Sparks Controversy Leonard Nimoy’s funeral took place a day ago. And his friend and costar William Shatner’s absence from the event...

4 hours ago

Lenovo Unveils Vibe Shot, A7000, and Pocket Projector

Lenovo Unveils Vibe Shot, A7000, and Pocket Projector Lenovo, one of the top smartphone manufacturers in the world, unveiled three new mobile devices at the Mobile World...

4 hours ago

Will Smith's Focus Spanks Fifty Shades of Grey at the Box Office

Will Smith's Focus Spanks Fifty Shades of Grey at the Box Office The run of Fifty Shades of Grey is over. The new action movie Focus starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie is the new #1...

5 hours ago

Kim Kardashian is on the Cover of Adweek

Kim Kardashian Is on the Cover of Adweek The reality TV star and media mogul is featured on the cover of Adweek. In the cover interview, she talks about mobile...

5 hours ago

Kanye West teases So Help Me God

Kanye West Teases so Help Me God Kanye West recently let his fans in on the name of his latest album which is “So Help Me God”.

5 hours ago

Microsoft Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL announced at MWC 2015

Microsoft Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL Announced at MWC 2015 Microsoft tries to make a run for more mobile operating system share with two new affordable Lumia smartphones.

6 hours ago

$64 Xiaomi YiCamera takes on GoPro

$64 Xiaomi YiCamera Takes on GoPro Chinese company, Xiaomi, unveiled a video camera that takes on GoPro at a much lower price point. And it looks good,...

6 hours ago

Lady Gaga takes the Dip with Shirtless Kinney at Polar Plunge Event

Lady Gaga takes the Dip with Shirtless Kinney (Video) Pop star and cultural chameleon, Lady Gaga, took the ice dip with her fiance, Taylor Kinney, at the Polar Plunge event.

6 hours ago

SanDisk 200GB microSD Card has World's Highest Capacity

SanDisk 200GB microSD Card Has World's Highest Capacity SanDisk announced at the MWC 2015 a new microSD card with a record-breaking capacity. The 200GB SanDisk microSD card...

7 hours ago

Sony Announces the Xperia Z4 Tablet

Sony Announces the Xperia Z4 Tablet At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Sony seized the opportunity and announced its latest tablet, the Sony Xperia...

7 hours ago

HTC Re Vive VR Headset revealed

HTC RE Vive VR Headset Revealed HTC partners with Valve for the HTC RE Vive virtual reality headset.

7 hours ago

Justin Bieber celebrates 21st Birthday Bash festively on Caribbean Island

A Very Happy Birthday to a Sexy and Shirtless Justin Bieber The bad boy of pop, Justin Bieber, celebrated his 21st birthday bash on a Caribbean island. Two female model friends,...

7 hours ago

Apple Watch aka Gizmo has unannounced Power Reserve Mode

Apple Watch aka Gizmo Has Unannounced Power Reserve Mode A new report reveals that Apple called the Apple Watch "The Gizmo," internally. The report also reveals that...

8 hours ago

Minnesota Timberwolves Fans Receive 1000 Tickets From Kevin Garnett

Minnesota Timberwolves Fans Receive 1000 Tickets From Kevin Garnett Returning Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett purchased 1,000 tickets for fans for the March 2 home game...

9 hours ago

Samsung Unveils its Own Mobile Payments Solution

Samsung Unveils its Own Mobile Payments Solution First, there’s Google Wallet. Then, Apple announced Apple Pay. Now that we’ve heard rumors of Google’s new mobile...

10 hours ago

New York Rangers Acquire James Sheppard And Keith Yandle

New York Rangers Acquire James Sheppard And Keith Yandle The struggling San Jose Sharks traded forward James Sheppard to the New York Rangers on March 1 for a fourth-round...

10 hours ago

Minnie Minoso Passes Away at 90

Minnie Minoso Passes Away at 90 Chicago White Sox legend, Minnie Minoso, the team's first black ballplayer and a nine-time MLB All-Star, and three...

13 hours ago

Samsung Announces Gear VR Innovator Edition

Samsung Announces Gear VR Innovator Edition New challenges call for new strategies. With the introduction of Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge – two new...

14 hours ago

IDW's Jem and the Holograms #1: Truly, Outrageous Reboot with More Diversity

IDW's Jem and the Holograms #1: Truly, Outrageous Reboot with More Diversity The premiere issue of "Jem and the Holograms" hits the shelves in March and the creative team hitting the...

16 hours ago, 5:34pm CST

Apple launches Shot on iPhone 6 Campaign

Apple Launches Shot on iPhone 6 Campaign Just when Samsung and HTC announce new phones with 16MP and 20MP cameras respectively, Apple launches a new campaign...

19 hours ago, 3:05pm CST

Helen Slater, Dean Can, and Calista Flockhart to boost Supergirl on CBS

Helen Slater, Dean Can, and Calista Flockhart to Boost Supergirl on CBS CBS and DC reveal that Helen Slater and Dean Cain will appear this fall on "Supergirl" as Kara Danvers (...

19 hours ago, 2:43pm CST

Samsung has raised the bar with the all new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge

Samsung Has Raised the Bar with the All-New Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge with an all-new design.

22 hours ago, 12:03pm CST

HTC M9 goes official with 20 MP camera and new color options

HTC M9 Goes Official with 20 MP Camera and New Color Options The HTC M9 is finally official with the same industrial design of its predecessor.

23 hours ago, 10:37am CST

Huawei Unveils its Watch along with  TalkBand B2 and TalkBand N1

Huawei Unveils Its Watch along with TalkBand B2 and TalkBand N1 Huawei has announced its new range of wearables and smartwatch running Android Wear

1 day ago, 10:08am CST

MWC 2015 Media Event Schedule for Samsung, HTC, Huawei and Microsoft Revealed

MWC 2015 Media Event Schedule for Samsung, HTC, Huawei and Microsoft Revealed The Mobile World 2015 conference officially kicks of on Monday, but big brands are hosting their MWC 2015 media event...

1 day ago, 1:52am CST

Huawei Smartwatch Leaks in Videos ahead of MWC 2015

Huawei Smartwatch Leaks in Videos ahead of MWC 2015 Chinese hardware maker Huawei will reveal a Android Wear based smartwatch at the Mobile World Congress 2015 this week....

1 day ago, 12:51am CST

Comments

blog comments powered by Disqus