Today is the day folks. Today is the day Microsoft sticks the fork in its 12 year old operating system Windows XP. If you’re running a computer with Windows XP you will no longer be receiving any form of update to your OS. This WILL leave you open for even more malware, virus and trojan attacks. Now this doesn’t mean you can’t use your computer or its operating system, it just means you use it at your own risk. If you didn’t already know, there are some bad bad people out there looking to cause havoc and steal information. Now that XP is no longer supported, this leaves them free to find bugs and backdoors to exploit the operating system at will. It’s highly suggested that you upgrade to Windows 7 or find an alternative solution.
If you’re pockets aren’t lined with cash you just might think about installing a Linux Distro and blow away XP. There are several Linux OS’s you could use and Linux has come a very long way in its user interface. It’s much more user friendly than it has been in the past. Ubuntu, LinuxMint and ArchLinux are just a few of the many available distributions out there. There is a learning curve to using Linux and you may have to find solutions to use certain things you used to use in Windows. But the alternative of continuing to use XP just doesn’t make any security sense. While Linux can be scary for some to dive into, it is a solid alternative to spending money on Windows 7 and if you search around on the web you will find many great and helpful Linux communities.
I know it’s hard for some people to understand the life cycle of software. Some people think things should live on forever and be supported no matter what. The reality is that software evolves and at some point, existing software can no longer evolve in its current state, it needs to be modified. Windows XP lived a long life, it’s time to lay it to rest and move on. Are you still running XP? Do you know anyone running XP? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter and Facebook.
Source: CNN Money