Windows XP No Longer Receiving Updates From Microsoft

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If you're running Windows XP on your computer, you may want to think about getting an upgrade.
Today marks the last day Microsoft will be updating Windows XP, which means your computer could become more and more vulnerable to hacking and viruses down the road.

Brian White, Owner of Computer Logic says, "if you're using your machine online, you're going to be more susceptible to hacking and viruses and things of that kind."

To be clear, this doesn't mean computers running Windows XP will stop working altogether.

"So, you can still continue to use your computer, but if you're online, you just need to be aware that you're more susceptible to problems and errors."

As for Natrona County Schools, this outdated software won't affect students, but it could have an impact on schools' websites.

Joe Hooker, of NCSD says, "the school district only has to worry about a hacker getting in and taking control of the domain. That is what a hacker is going to do."

If you hold off on upgrading your Windows XP computer, you may notice more and more viruses as time goes on.

"All the holes that they have found in the past are being blocked as best they can, but I guarantee that there's a bunch of holes that they haven't and will not patch after today."

For those who are concerned, the solution is a relatively easy one. Hooker continues, "they have to be replaced, that's the plain and simple answer right there."

Computer techs say the sooner you upgrade, the sooner your information will be secure, but they also point out upgrading within the next 6 months would be ideal.

White says, "it's not probably as critical. It worked yesterday, it'll work today. But, the further down the road we get from today, you're certainly taking a higher level of risk each day that goes by."

Microsoft's latest software release is Windows 8.1, which some say, requires a bit of a learning curve. But if you're going to update your computer, this may be the best way to go. Consumers also have the option of upgrading to Windows 7, since Windows 8 is said to have new functions, different from previous versions.
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