Windows XP has served us for more than a decade and now Microsoft has decided that it is time to go. All kinds of support for Windows XP has ended from Microsoft and most of the software vendors on April 8 2014.Customers will no longer receive new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates. This means that any new vulnerabilities discovered in Windows XP will not be addressed by new security updates from Microsoft.
What is the risk of continuing to run Windows XP after its end of support date? One risk is that attackers will have the advantage over defenders who choose to run Windows XP because attackers will likely have more information about vulnerabilities in Windows XP than defenders. Let me explain why this will be the case.