The support of Windows XP is going away after 12 years, and Microsoft will no longer support this system as of April 8, 2014. After this time, technical assistance for Windows XP will no longer be available, including automatic updates that help protect your PC. Microsoft will also stop providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download on Windows XP on this date. “Why does this matter to me,” you ask?
Our online banking users who use a Windows XP operating system will be impacted by this change because their computer might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses if they continue to use Windows XP after support ends. Your computer will still work, but the same level of security will not exist.
Also, as more software and hardware manufacturers continue to optimize for more recent versions of Windows, you can expect to encounter greater numbers of apps and devices that do not work with Windows XP.
What does this mean for you? First things first, confirm which operating system you are using. If you’re not sure which Windows operating system you are using, you can click this link to find out. If you are using Windows XP, you have two options to stay protected after support ends – you can upgrade your current PC to a new version of Windows, and if your computer can’t run a newer version, you might consider it time to get a new PC. The “How do I stay protected?” section of this site will provide you with more detailed information on the best way to move forward.