Starting on April 8, 2014, Microsoft will cease to support the Windows XP operating system. That means that they will no longer be creating security patches to remove software vulnerabilities, making the operating system a perfect victim for hackers. The same applies to the Office 2003 product suite.
For University computers:
Please support our ongoing initiative to upgrade or replace computers running Windows XP. If you have a University resource running Windows XP that is not managed by IT, please contact us to help you upgrade. Account Managers – please contact us at the numbers below to schedule the upgrades for your assigned devices.
To schedule your upgrade, please contact Jose Diaz at 665-3593 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If there is a reason why you are unable to upgrade your computer running Windows XP, please contact the OCISO at 665-7823 to request an exception.
For personally-owned computers:
If you have any computers at home running Windows XP, we recommend that you upgrade as soon as possible to a supported operating system like Windows 7 or 8.
If for any reason you are unable to upgrade your home computer, here are some considerations:
- Avoid connecting the computer to the Internet if it is not needed.
- Avoid using Internet Explorer and instead use a web browser like Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.
- Avoid using built-in applications in Windows XP which open files from the Internet, such as Windows Media Player, the FTP client, etc. Instead use separate applications that are continuously updated by the vendor.
- Make sure your computer firewall is enabled and properly configured.
- Avoid using your computer for processing or storage of sensitive information, and for online shopping.
- Plan to upgrade or replace the computer as soon as possible.
Sans OUCH! The End of Windows XP