Midnight Rider works for a city that runs on Windows XP. They are going to be running antivirus on their computers after Microsoft ends support for Windows XP, and he's wondering if that's going to be adequate. Leo says the antivirus, including Microsoft's own antivirus program will still be kept up to date. However, it won't protect against a user installing software that could be malicious.
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Ron has a PC that runs XP and wants to use Linux when he wants to go online. Should he worry about any XP programs sneaking online if he dual boots? Leo says no, there won't be any crossovers. There are some programs that Linux can run that run on Windows, but none that go online. Just don't forget to only go online with Linux and not Windows XP!
John has a PC that runs Windows XP and he can't view videos that are sent to him through email. Leo says that it's likely a codec issue. He recommends downloading VLC Media Player. It can play pretty much anything. But the real problem is that after April 8th, Microsoft will stop supporting and updating Windows XP with security patches. So John's computer will be vulnerable to attacks. Leo says that's a cause for worry and John should take it off the Internet before April 8.
Dan uses Windows XP and is worried about security once Microsoft ends support for it on April 8th. Leo says that there will only be two more security patch Tuesdays between now and April 8th and once that's done, XP will no longer be supported. Leo says that once that happens, all XP users should pull their XP computers off the Internet completely. There are bad guys who collect flaws and exploits and take advantage of holes in the system. One such nasty thing is Cryptolocker.
Joe has an older PC running Windows Vista. He's worried that Microsoft will kill off support for it. Leo says not just yet, it's Windows XP that Microsoft is ending support on and that will be April 8th. After that deadline, hackers will take advantage of any exploits they can find. But Microsoft will support Vista until at least 2017.
According to a story on Fox News, over 95% of the world's ATMs are running Windows XP. Why is this significant? Because Microsoft will "end of life" Windows XP on April 8th and will no longer support it with software patches. Leo is betting that the bad guys know this and are making plans. Hopefully, the banks are making plans as well, because this is a financial catastrophe waiting to happen.