If you haven’t already, you should seriously consider making the move away from Windows XP because in case you haven’t heard: Microsoft has stopped providing support for the operating system. Not only does this make your business’s computers much more vulnerable to viruses and spyware, but the lack of support automatically puts you behind the curve in both the personal and professional business setting.
We’ve done some internal and external research on the importance of moving away from Windows XP Here are a few tips we’ve compiled.
Before you make the switch:
- Download the final XP update that was issued on April 8th 2014.
- Make sure your anit-virus and anti-malware are up to date.
- Microsoft has agreed to provide anti-malware updates to Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows XP until 2015.
- You might have to uninstall and reinstall your current software to ensure that you have the latest version.
- iSU recommends using one or more of the following programs: Kapersky, WebRoot, Avast! or AVG. Read more about our recommendations here.
- Use a secure and updated internet browser. We recommend Firefox or Chrome, especially since they are supporting Windows XP until 2015.
Making the Switch:
- Choose a new operating system. And along with that, make sure your machine is new enough to support a secure and efficient OS. If not, you might want to consider upgrading your entire machine…and that’s a whole different ball game we won’t get into right now.
- Back-Up Your Data: It should go without saying that you should be doing this on a regular basis but at this time backing up your data is probably the most important step in the entire process.
- Migrate and Begin the Upgrade: there are several ways to go about doing this:
- With plenty of DIY programs out there to choose from, migrating the data yourself is pretty easy to do. Some of the available options are: PC Mover Express, XP Migration with HP and Windows Migration Assistant
- Microsoft has kindly provided a tutorial online for anyone looking to upgrade to Windows 7.
- If you don’t feel comfortable taking this task on alone, another option is to switch to OSX by taking your Mac into the Genius Bar and having them help you out.
We know making a tech upgrade like this can be pretty scary unless you are savvy with these kinds of things but we cannot stress enough how important it is to adapt and change as technology does. Resisting these changes can put you and your business at a huge risk to hackers. Windows XP is now the most targeted operating system out there yet it’s still commonly used everywhere – every hacker knows this.
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