After 12 years, support for Windows XP ended April 8, 2014. There will be no more security updates or technical support for the Windows XP operating system. Bank of The Valley shares Microsoft, Inc.’s opinion that it is very important to migrate to a modern operating system (such as Windows 7 or Windows 8) if you are still using Microsoft Windows XP.
The Risks of Staying on Microsoft Windows XP
- As no security updates will be issued, your PC running Windows XP will be highly vulnerable to infection by malware, with criminals being well aware of the vulnerability.
- Such malware could be used by criminals for a number of purposes, including:
- To steal your personal and financial details in order to commit fraud
- To commit identity theft in order to apply for bank accounts, passports, and other facilities in your name.
- To monitor your email and other communications.
- To make your PC part of a botnet, commonly used to attack corporate or government websites.
- You will not be easily able to get your XP PC serviced or repaired.
- An increasing number of devices and software programs will not work with Windows XP.
Additional Risks for Businesses Staying on Microsoft Windows XP
- In addition to the above, you risk unauthorized entry to your information systems, leading to your data being accessed or stolen, non–compliance with insurers’ and/or customers’ standards and breaking federal law protecting your customers’ or patients’ data.
- A decreasing number of independent hardware and software support vendors who will provide services for Windows XP systems.
Bank of The Valley strongly recommends that our customers migrate away from Microsoft Windows XP to a more modern operating system such as Microsoft Windows 7 or 8 and to ensure that Windows Updates are set to install in order to get the security patches needed. Other prudent measures to take include a current subscription to anti–virus, anti–malware, and anti–spyware software, use of a firewall, and using strong passwords.
Bank of The Valley will never contact you for any financial information by email! You should never respond to any unsolicited email that asks for personal or financial information.
If you have any questions, please call us at 402-538-3025.