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Ok, NOW we should start to worry a little about XP

05-19-2014
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We've been asked a lot lately about the well-publicized end of support for Windows XP. Our answer was:

  1. If you still have a Windows XP machine, it's probably a good indicator that it's 5+ years old and ready for replacement anyway.
  2. There may or may not be any security vulnerabilities related to staying on XP; we just don't know yet.

Well, now we know a little more about those vulnerabilities.

Microsoft has released this Security Bulletin indicating that there is a fairly serious venerability in Internet Explorer. On May 13th, Microsoft released a patch to address these issues, but did NOT provide this patch for Windows XP.

So what to do? If you are running Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8, be sure to install all of your Windows updates. See here for more info on how to do that.

If you are running Windows XP, your best option is to use an alternate browser like Firefox or Chrome, neither of which is vulnerable to this attack.

So don't panic, just take a few, smart steps, and seriously consider upgrading that XP machine. It's time!


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