The Dangers Of Using XP

Dear Computer Lady,

I keep getting this message whenever I go onto Google Chrome:

“This computer will soon stop receiving Google Chrome updates because Windows XP and Windows Vista will no longer be supported.”

If I decide NOT to upgrade my Windows, what are the consequences?

Thank you! Tammy

Dear Tammy,

Computers running Windows XP are an attractive target for cybercriminals and malware writers, and as more and more time goes by without support and updates from Microsoft, your computer will become more and more insecure.

If you do decide to continue to use your XP computer, and you continue to keep it connected to the internet, you greatly increase your chances of your identity being stolen, or your files being held for ransom.

If you want to stay safe and continue using your Windows XP computer, you should disconnect it from the internet.

Windows Vista will still be supported until April 2017.

Elizabeth

 

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