Starting April 8, 2014, the company will not provide technical support or security updates for the 12-year-old XP operating system, or for its Office 2003 software suite (which includes Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.). This means users will become more vulnerable to computer viruses and malware.
Some security experts have speculated that scammers are waiting to launch XP attacks after support ends, so there may be an increase in malware activity in the coming weeks and months.
Better Business Bureau is offering consumers and businesses the following tips:
BBB offers businesses free “Data Security – Made Simpler,” a step-by-step manual to help businesses take proactive steps to secure their data and strengthen trust with their customers.
"Safeguard privacy," including protecting customer data, is one of the eight BBB Standards for Trust that accredited businesses must pledge to uphold.
Start With Trust® Check offers at bbb.org.
BBB of Acadiana works for a trustworthy marketplace by maintaining standards for truthful advertising, investigating and exposing fraud against consumers and businesses. Find information at www.acadiana.bbb.org or call (337) 981-3497 24 hours a day for information on businesses throughout North America.
The BBB of Acadiana services the parishes of Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Martin, St. Landry and Vermilion.