Are There Zombies on Your Computer?

We told you about this last August, but it’s worth a reminder . . .

You might have an issue with the walking dead if your computer still runs Windows XP, which is set to retire on April 8, 2014. Microsoft has warned XP customers that their computers will be exceptionally vulnerable to malware, and that users should migrate to a newer operating system before the deadline.

IT security experts anticipate that hackers will launch attacks on XP machines after April 2014, and since Microsoft will discontinue their support, a security update will never become available to protect those computers.

It’s estimated that about a third of the world’s PCs that run Windows are still using XP, and that even after the April 2014 retirement of XP, that about a tenth of US machines will still use it. Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) is also being retired in April.

So whether you like it or not, now might be a good time to update your PC’s operating system . . . or even buy a new machine!