April 8, 2014
Today’s security updates from Microsoft include a final fix for Windows XP and Office 2003. Today marks the end of an era. Windows XP was first rolled out in 2001 and was the most widely adopted operating system.
As users migrate to the newer operating systems, there will still be some organizations and individuals who run older systems and can’t yet upgrade. As a result, organizations will continue to struggle with left-over Windows XP boxes on their networks, leaving them open to vulnerabilities and exploits. The market for exploits will therefore remain into the foreseeable future and it is recommended to keep network-based intrusion prevention solutions tuned to blocking exploits, even those against Windows XP.
If you must run a Windows XP-based system, disconnect it from the Internet. Keep in mind that not only will Windows XP be retired, but all the software running on that system, such as Internet Explorer and Word 2003 will no longer be updated for Windows XP. Run up-to-date anti-virus software
If you are still running Windows XP and want to figure out what to do now, this article has some helpful tips for the current Windows XP user.