Windows XP users by now should have upgraded to at least Service Pack 3 (SP3) in order to receive continued support from Microsoft. In my Windows XP Users: End of Support Reminder post on June 14, 2010, I explained that Microsoft was terminating support for Windows XP SP2 on July 1, 2010 and anyone who is using Windows XP SP2 should upgrade at least to XP SP3, if not to Windows 7, as soon as possible.
Have you upgraded from XP SP2 yet? If not, you’re not receiving the Microsoft security updates necessary to keep your computer secure from Windows vulnerabilities. So what, you might say. Well, the “so what” is that your computer, running Windows XP SP2, is wide open to be hacked by way of several security “holes” in Windows. For example, this past Tuesday, August 10, 2010, Microsoft released an unprecedented 14 security fixes to close the “holes” discovered in Windows XP SP3 and later; and computers running Windows XP SP2 were not updated…and are vulnerable to attack. The cybercriminals also know that many computers running XP SP2 are vulnerable to their attacks at this time. Why make it easy for these bums? Upgrade.
S0…if you’re one of the many people who’ve not upgraded from Windows XP SP2…and you know who you are; here’s how to upgrade to Windows XP SP2, which is free. Go to Microsoft’s support website How to obtain the latest XP Service Pack and follow the step-by-step instructions to find out which Windows operating system your computer is running; and then, if you’re using SP2 or lower, how to upgrade to XP SP3. If you want to upgrade to Windows 7 (not free), which will be supported for more years into the future, follow this link to Microsoft’s support website tutorial Upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7.
By all means, make sure you’re doing all you can do to keep your computer protected from attacks as much as possible. This includes, in addition to using a good security suite (anti-virus, anti-spyware, adware tools, and firewall), receiving and updating your Windows operating system updates. These are dangerous times for Internet users, so do all you can to be protected. Be safe out there…
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