Well I am still looking on upgrading my operating system, but I am still using XP, I know that Microsoft will not support it anymore, but I keep my security software updated. I will crank up the Internet Explorer and get the update necessary to keep my XP fairly current. I am adding this as a Public Service announcement for my fellow XP users.
SEATTLE, May 1 (UPI) — Microsoft has issued a security patch for the
security hole in all versions of Internet Explorer, and has even
included a patch for XP users.
The tech company had stopped issuing updates and support for XP users
form April 8, and said that the issuance of this update did not mean
they were restoring support for XP.
“Windows XP is no longer supported by Microsoft, and we continue to
encourage customers to migrate to a modern operating system, such as
Windows 7 or 8.1. Additionally, customers are encouraged to upgrade to
the latest version of Internet Explorer, IE 11,” Microsoft said in a
The fix will update all users who have their automatic updates turned
on, the company said on its security response page. Microsoft suggests
that users turn on the feature by clicking on the “Check for Updates”
button on the Windows Update tab of their Control Panel.
“For those manually updating, we strongly encourage you to apply this
update as quickly as possible following the directions in the released
security bulletin,” said Dustin Childs from the response communications
Microsoft reveled earlier this week that a security flaw was allowing
malicious hackers to get around security protections in the Windows
operating system. The flaw was introduced when a user visited an
Many were quick to predict this as the end for Internet Explorer, which was once the most dominant browser in the market.
“I don’t expect a huge backlash on Internet Explorer’s market share,”
said Gartner security analyst Lawrence Pingree. “In fact, I think this
helps drive adoption of upgrades to Windows 7 from XP.”
The flaw got the Department of Homeland Security to ask its employees
to stop using the browser until a fix was issued. According to Pingree,
DHS issued that warning assuming that XP wouldn’t get the patch,
leaving its users with no alternative but to switch browsers.