The clock is ticking down on Windows XP. Microsoft will end technical assistance for the 12-year-old operating system on April 8 and effectively stop delivering automatic updates and security patches to Windows XP users. Although many consumers, small businesses and even large enterprises have already transitioned to newer and more secure systems, an estimated 30 million desktop operating systems still run on Windows XP today and could be left vulnerable after April 8.
At Symantec, we firmly believe running up-to-date security products is a critical step in protecting your personal information and devices. However, even the best security products and Microsoft's own Malicious Software Removal Tool can’t fully protect an outdated operating system. XP users will face increased risks after April 8 as cybercriminals try to take advantage of vulnerabilities.
Symantec’s Norton products will continue to support Windows XP systems for the foreseeable future, but we strongly recommend Windows XP users upgrade to a more current operating system as soon as possible and protect it with a robust security solution.
When choosing a solution for your new device, an integrated product like Norton 360 Multi-Device is a good option because it can protect multiple devices, including PCs, Macs and mobile devices, with one single solution. The latest versions of Norton’s security products feature five patented layers of industry-leading protection – file, network, behavior, reputation and remediation – as well as support for the latest versions of Windows, Mac, iOS and Android.
The end of support for XP shouldn’t come as a surprise, especially given recent trends toward more sophisticated technologies and connected devices. Also known as the “Internet of Things,” these new technologies deliver great conveniences and new experiences, but one thing is certain: it’s important to keep your information protected regardless of where it’s stored, accessed or shared.