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What Is the XP Timebomb and How Can You Avoid It?

By Nextrio on March 13th, 2014 Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditlinkedinmailby feather

Windows XP was first released in August 2001, which means it turns 13 years old this summer. Though Windows may have served your business well in the past, 13 years is too long to stick with any one operating system. Tucson credit unions that still use Windows XP for their ATMs will become more vulnerable to security risks after April of 2014. Read on to gain a better understanding of the “XP timebomb.”

XP Timebomb Basics

The XP timebomb is set to “go off” on April 8th, when Microsoft will stop issuing security updates for Windows XP, its well-loved operating system. This will affect all kinds of businesses by leaving them more vulnerable to cyber attacks. Among these companies are Tucson credit unions, whose ATMs may become targets. While ATMs will not immediately stop working on April 8th, after that date it will only be a matter of time before significant cash amounts are lost.    

How to Keep Your Business Safe

If you operate a credit union in Tucson or elsewhere in Southern Arizona, you should strongly consider upgrading the operating system on your ATMs. Windows 7 is XP’s successor, and Microsoft will continue to issue security updates for Windows 7 for years to come. It’s also a good idea for other businesses to upgrade their operating systems so they can better protect their sensitive information.    

How Nextrio Can Help

Though upgrading to a new operating system can be difficult and frustrating at first, the security and operational benefits will far outweigh the initial struggles. If you run a credit union in Tucson, Nextrio can help you make a smooth transition to Windows 7 and handle any logistical challenges that arise. We can also provide a range of IT solutions for all other Tucson businesses.

Whether you’re looking to upgrade your business’s operating system or train your employees to embrace the next generation of computing, Tucson managed services company Nextrio can lend a helping hand. Our computer support and IT services can keep your business competitive in the Tucson marketplace. Call (520) 519-6301 if you have any questions.