Despite the launch of Windows 7, Windows 8 and 8.1., it is estimated that 12% of the world’s computers are still running Windows XP as their operating system. Microsoft has stopped their security support for Windows XP back in April 2014 and for this reason, this desktop operating system is becoming more and more vulnerable to threats.
This week we have already talked about the most popular desktop operating systems in use, and we have seen that Windows XP ranks third despite the fact that is was lauched 13 years ago. As we all know, in April 2014, Microsoft officially released the final security update for this OS. This means that Windows XP is extremely vulnerable to attacks coming from malicious software developed after the 8th of April 2014.
According to Kaspersky, the number of threats is growing continuously because the security flaws in this OS will remain unpatched. The security company has also warned that ticketing systems and ATMs constitute possible targets since most of these machines use Windows XP Embedded. This is a version of Windows XP developed specifically for embedded machines.
Therefore, all the systems using Windows XP are vulnerable by default. However, one should not worry too much because no severe security flaws have been found so far. Nevertheless, this does not mean that one should continue to take risks by remaining faithful to Windows XP. Windows XP users have been warned repeatedly by Microsoft and security companies to upgrade their OS.
Obviously, Windows XP was designed for a different era and it is only a matter of time till someone finds and exploits a major bug in the systems. Apparently, people are starting to take these warnings seriously because Windows 7 is gaining more users with each passing month. Around 55% of the world’s computers run Windows 7 and the number is growing.
All in all, if you are still using Windows XP, try to let go of your good old pal and upgrade you operating system. Take action before is too late.