Microsoft Ends Support for Windows XP
After a 12-year successful run, Microsoft has decided to stop providing support for its popular operating system , Windows XP, For all individual and professional subscribers who are using XP, The Technical assistance which helps protect the PC will end across the world beginning April 8.
Microsoft’s decision to end their Windows XP support has created ripples across the globe as a study shows the OS still makes up for almost 30% of the desktop market. The US-based multinational firm is advising its users to upgrade their current PC or simply buy a new one.
People might still use XP, While there are a few ways to keep Windows XP safe even after the end of support, But please stop using the OS as soon as possible.Microsoft will not issue any security updates for XP. While you will be able to download and update patches up to this date, if a new flaw in the OS is discovered, it will persist. Hackers can target the new flaws. The hardware manufacturers will not care about the OS. This means that XP won’t work with new devices. The cyberattacks will soon start getting through soon as patches can’t always help you.
More than 20,000 ATM machines across India will face an uncertain future and the threat of virus attacks after Microsoft’s end-of-support move. “The probability of security breaches will grow exponentially on Windows XP running beyond the end of support. This is even more risky for financial institutions’ (in-house and ATMs), ” a Microsoft spokesperson said. As of March 31, 2013 India had around 1.15 lakh ATMs, of which, an estimated 20% are still running on Windows XP.
It is, however, not easy to breach an ATM’s cybersecurity. Girish Chavan, national manager, project services, Diebold India, said all ATMs are not connected to the internet so a hacker would need to reach it through the bank’s network, “….and to breach a bank’s firewall is not easy.”
Courtesy : Hindustan Times