Windows XP users' information no longer secure

News 12 at 11/ Wednesday, April 9, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Time has run out for Windows XP, and it could be putting you at risk.

"One of the biggest risks that you run into now is security, vulnerability of any information on your system," JVC Technologies field engineer Vince Willis said.

Microsoft will no longer offer any security updates or technical support , which means, in their words, "you should take action."

Willis is a local computer expert, and he agrees, because if you don't, your sensitive information could end up in the wrong hands.

"Those people who've been saving up codes and have been waiting on something like this to happen, will now attack the Windows XP system," he said.

It's a serious problem for anyone but especially for business and government users who comes across sensitive information every day. Ninety-five percent of ATMs use XP, and now any office with confidential information using XP could easily be breached.

"Especially [important] for a business. If you're running XP for a business, as of right now, you're CPIC non-compliant or HIPPA non-compliant," Willis warned. "That could turn into breaking laws. That comes to audits and fines."

That's why Willis is at Crazy Inks Tattoos, to upgrade their system and keep their clients protected.

"They bring in their credit cards and personal IDs and of course we have to keep records of the IDs," tattoo artist Reyo Brown said.

Even though upgrading will cost you anywhere between 50 to 400 dollars depending on which option you choose, Brown says keeping his clients' information secure is worth much more.

"Your customer knowing that their information and things like that is safe in your hands and Microsoft's hands, it'll make it better," Brown said.

Just because XP is not supported does not mean your machine will stop working, only that your information is not protected. Willis says the best solution is to upgrade. If you want to stay with Windows, Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 are your options.

He says you decide to keep using XP, you'll have to find a third party guy to have support to help keep your information safe from attacks.

If you don't know whether you're running Windows XP, we've attached a link so you can find out.

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