Updates for Windows XP to end Tuesday, Newest Version Costs $120

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

Tuesday, Microsoft will stop supporting computers that use its popular XP operating system, and that could leave you vulnerable to hacker attacks.

Windows XP was released in 2001. Since then Microsoft has offered several new operating systems, but millions of Americans never upgraded.

Simply put, imagine a wall of defense around your computer. When hackers found a weakness in XP, Microsoft would send out an update to seal those security holes. But starting April 8, those updates will no longer be available, giving hackers access to your personal information.

“If you are still running windows XP I would seriously start thinking about getting a new computer, explains expert Dan Ackerman of CNET.com

But there are more affordable ways to keep your information protected. Microsoft recommends upgrading to the latest version of Windows 8. It costs about $120.

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