If you currently are using a computer that utilizes the Windows XP operating system, you have a problem! Microsoft, the author of the software, has discontinued upgrades and support as of April 2014.
Just for a bit of history, after a number of Windows releases that did not meet consumer expectations, Microsoft came out with Windows XP. It was an immediate success with both individuals and businesses. Everyone liked it and has stuck with it.
Now you might say, “I have had no problems so why should I care about this?” And if you never, ever go on the Internet with this computer, your attitude is justified. But if you ever go on the Internet, doing so, even once, with Windows XP is extremely dangerous.
There are more than 10,000 new viruses released every day. And this is what makes using Windows XP on the Internet such a problem. Your computer’s operating system will have no defense against any of these new programs. Remember there are no upgrades taking place. This makes all data on the machine and the machine itself (some viruses can actually harm the machine) vulnerable.
As a company, MSC Business Services believes this to be such a serious problem that we are upgrading the computers we lease without an upgrade charge.
If your computer or computers have not been upgraded to Windows 7 or Windows 8, you need to do so as soon as possible. Also, you need to stay off the Internet until your upgrade is complete. This will, most likely, require the purchase of a new CPU.
Editor’s note: Michael Evanish is the manager of MSC Business Services, a member service of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau. For more information, call 717-731- 3517.