Is your church secretary or pastor still using Microsoft Windows XP?
I hope not!
If they are, you need to seriously encourage them to upgrade their computer and/or OS. If you are reading this on a machine using XP, you need take action soon.
Microsoft Rushing to Fix Security Bug
This latest breach of security has already been exploited by hackers to attack some U.S. companies and Microsoft is acting fast — for fixes that will only help those using operating systems after XP. Microsoft ceased supporting this 13-year old OS earlier this month, but between 15-25% of the world’s PC’s are still running it Windows XP.
This bug effects Internet Explorer versions 6 through 11, but with Internet Explorer so deeply embedded in the operating system, even users not using Internet Explorer should make sure they are completely up-to-date. Microsoft is encouraging everyone using XP to upgrade to Windows 7 or 8.
The Writing on the Wall
This security breach is tightly tied with Internet Explorer, but this is just the first shoe to drop. There will be plenty more instances and breeches in the future. If you haven’t read the ‘writing on the wall’ by the fact that Microsoft stopped supporting it completely, perhaps this latest bug will motivate those who have a death grip on Windows XP to finally let it go.
Windows XP served us well, but its time has ended.
Do you know of anyone still using Windows XP?