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Say "Goodbye" to XP and "Hello!" to Your New Windows PC

October 13, 2014 Sales Eddy

As of April 8, 2014 Microsoft stopped providing support for its Windows XP operating system. Windows XP is 12 years old and that’s pretty old for an operating system. Microsoft does support its older operating systems, but it’s already more than 2 years past the standard ten years of support they normally provide.

While it’s true that you can keep using your PC with XP after support ends, we don’t recommend it. And neither does Ascend Installer, Kristina Florin.

Not only are XP PCs five times more vulnerable to security risks and viruses – which means you could get hacked and have your personal and customer information stolen – but companies that make the devices you connect to your PC won’t provide updated drivers that work with Windows XP.

Basically, your PC running Windows XP is not secure and is at risk for infection. Payment processing functions are also at risk, even if you don’t use an XP PC to process payments directly.

According to the Payment Card Industry – Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS), Section 6.1, Merchants Must: Ensure that all system components and software are protected from known vulnerabilities by having the latest vendor-supplied security patches installed. Install Critical security patches within one month of release. 

Since Microsoft will no longer be issuing updates to counter security threats or vulnerabilities within Windows XP, any applications being used on this operating system will no longer meet this PCI Standard.

Without the latest protections for your PC against viruses, spyware and other malicious software that can compromise your system, you’re leaving the door wide open for hackers.

​Still using XP? Help make Kristina’s life a bit easier and upgrade from your old non secure PC to a new reliable PC! Give us a call to find out more about our great deals.

Contact Ascend Sales at 920-478-2191 ext 12030 or email them at sales@ascendrms.com today.


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