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Microsoft Ending Windows XP Support

Microsoft is ending support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014, 12 years after its debut.  Cal.net wants our customers to understand what this means for the security of their computers and their personal information.

 

What does “end of support” mean?

  1. Microsoft will no longer patch security holes in the Operating System and related programs.
    • This means the security holes in the operating system hackers and criminals use to gain access to your computer will no longer be patched. Leaving your system permanently vulnerable to these exploits.
    • Office 2003 and older will no longer be supported either, again, leaving security holes un-patched.
    • Internet Explorer 8 is the last version of IE that works on XP. It will not be updated either, leaving you vulnerable when surfing the internet.
  2. Many Software and Hardware Vendors will no longer offer support 
    • This means your new phone, camera, printer, or other device likely will not work with your computer.
    • You will not be able to get phone or other support for your devices or software.
    • New versions of your favorite software will not work on your computer.

What it does not mean…

Your PC will continue to work, and you will still be able to access the internet, email, programs and  documents.

Will my Anti-Virus continue to work?

Below is information provided by av-test.org about popular AV Software vendor support.

Note: Anti virus software is very important, but it will not protect you from all possible exploits.
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Anti Virus Support by Vendor

Manufacturer Support Information
Agnitum No end of support announced; support available for at least 2 more years (1)
AVG No end of support announced; support available for at least 2 more years (1)
Avast No end of support announced; support available for at least 2 more years (1)
Avira Support will end on 8th April 2015 – further details…
Bitdefender Support for home-user products available until January 2016; support for corporate products available until January 2017 (2)
Bullguard No end of support announced; support available for at least 2 more years (1)
Check Point / ZoneAlarm No end of support announced; support available for at least 2 more years (1) – further details…
Comodo No end of support announced; support available for at least 2 more years (1)
Emsisoft Support available until at least April 2016 (2)
ESET Support available until at least April 2017 (2)
Fortinet No end of support announced; support available for at least 2 more years (1)
F-Secure No end of support announced; support available for at least 2 more years (1)
G Data Support available until at least April 2016 (2)
Ikarus No end of support announced; support available for at least 2 more years (1)
K7 Computing No end of support announced; support available for at least 2 more years (1)
Kaspersky Lab support will continue at least until 2018 for consumer and at least until 2nd part of 2016 for business products (2)
Kingsoft No end of support announced; support available for at least 2 more years (1)
McAfee No end of support announced; support available for at least 2 more years (1)
Microsoft (Security Essentials) Support will end on 14th July 2015 – further details…
Microworld No end of support announced; support available for at least 2 more years (1)
Norman Support available until at least January 2016 (2)
Panda Security No end of support announced; support available for at least 2 more years (1)
Qihoo 360 Support available until at least January 2018 (2)
Quickheal No end of support announced; support available for at least 2 more years (1)
Sophos Support will continue at least until 30th September 2015 (2) – further details…
Symantec / Norton Products support Windows XP, no end-of-life decision has been made yet
Tencent No end of support announced; support available for at least 2 more years (1)
ThreatTrack / Vipre Support available until at least April 2015 (2)
Trend Micro Support will end on 30th January 2017 – further details…
Webroot Support available until at least April 2019 (2)

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What Browsers will be supported?

Some browser makers will continue to support updates for  Windows XP for a period of time. Below is the list of the most current information at the time of writing.

Internet Explorer 11 Not Supported
Internet Explorer 10 Not Supported
Internet Explorer 9 Not Supported
Internet Explorer 8 No Updates or Patches
Google Chrome Supported until April 2015
Firefox No Plans to discontinue support, although Service Pack 3 is required for updates

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Cal.net Support Policy for Windows XP

Cal.net will extend Windows XP Support for 90 days, until July 8th, 2014. This includes Office XP, and Office 2003. After that date we will no longer support these products.

The Bottom Line

All major software and hardware vendors, security experts, and Internet Service Providers agree that the machines running Windows XP present a security risk to their owners, and the the internet eco-system as a whole. Therefore, Cal.net advises that those running Windows XP take the computer offline for use, or replace or upgrade the operating systems on their computers.
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