If you are running a Windows XP machine, your days are numbered. And that number is 82 today. It will be 81 tomorrow! That's how many days are left until April 2014 when your XP machine will be a relic of the past and if you keep trying to use it on line, you will find it more and more difficult as will as highly risky.
As of April 2014 Microsoft will no longer be supporting Windows XP which means, Microsoft will no longer be issuing security updates, patches and hotfixes for XP.
Hackers are waiting for "zero day" (April 1, 2014) when XP becomes vulnerable to having security holes exploited.
Further, software for XP will no longer be developed which includes business applications, web browsers, Adobe and other apps as well as drivers for all kinds of devices.
Your anti-virus provider may also be unwilling or unable to continue to supporting XP as security issues will skyrocket without security updates from Microsoft.
What to do?
Whether you are an individual or a business still using XP, there is no time to waste to convert to Windows 7 or 8 (we recommend 7) as you may well have to upgrade more than just your operating system. Windows 7 and Windows 8 have minimal requirements that your outdated peripherals might not possess. Further, meeting minimal requirements may not be enough to give you the power and functionality on Windows 7 or 8 at the optimal level you require or have grown accustomed to. Printers and scanners may need to be replaced. Businesses using Microsoft 2003 servers will see support ending in 2015.
Making the switch over at this late date could be tough for businesses running custom software that may need to be redeveloped for a move to the new OS.
Some folks are willing to take their chances on continuing with XP but if your business is storing and using personal data from your customers you might want to think hard on the the security issues and what impact that will have on liability should your system get hacked.
If you are ready to make the move, give us a call or come on in to discuss your options. You might be able to upgrade an existing machine to Windows 7. If you have to build a new computer or get a new laptop, we can help you with that too.
Don't fret about what to give that hard to buy for relative!
We have lots of great gift ideas for this holiday season
For Mom, an Asus Android Tablet ($185)!
For Grandma, a new or used flat screen monitor ($75 - $225)!
For Sis, a new or used laptop ($150-$450)!
For Grandpa a Windows 7 new or used desktop computer because its time to replace that old Windows XP machine ($350-$650)!
For Bro a new surge protector($35 - $55)!
For Dad a 500 GB to 2 TB USB external hard drive for backing up all Mom's precious photo files ($100 - $150)!
or an uninterrupted power supply for those pesky power outages!
We also have great stocking stuffers:
Screen cleaner ($12.95)!
Canned air ($7.50)!
16 - 32 GB thumb drives ($20 - $35)
Card readers ($15)
and Gift Certificates that can be used for merchandise or labor (how ever much you want to spend)!
If we don't have it, we can get it for you!
This 500 gb external hard drive hooks up to your USB port so you can drag and drop files for easy backing up ($100).
Add this to your wish list!!