Microsoft Corporation is no longer providing support for Windows XP, and Better Business Bureau is warning consumers and businesses that they need to take immediate steps to secure their computers and data.
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.
“Data security should be a top priority for businesses and consumers. Part of the responsibility of protecting information stored on computers is keeping software and security measures up to date,” said Warren King, president of the Better Business Bureau of Western PA. “If personal information is stolen by hackers or computer viruses, the consequences can take years for a business or individual to recover.”
Better Business Bureau is offering consumers and businesses the following tips:
BBB offers businesses its 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 Trustthat accredited businesses must pledge to uphold.
For more news and tips, visit bbb.org.