XP Creates Opportunity for New Threats
As of Tuesday, April 8, 2014, Microsoft will no longer develop and release security updates or provide support for the 12 year old operating system.
This is a great day for hackers. With the deadline of April 8th given out by Microsoft, they have been lying in wait for the opportunity to explore and exploit vulnerabilities in the XP operating system code. They are now free to do so without fear of their work being thwarted by the Microsoft security team. Hackers will increasingly find ways to infect your PC with malware, which can be downloaded as you browse the web or open email. Once malware is installed on your computer, hackers can remotely access your computer and steal your data and passwords for their benefit. Fraud and identity theft are easily attainable goals at this point in the game.
The risk is real. Threats will increase exponentially as time moves on. Your XP machine will no longer be updated with patches maintaining the security of your operating system.