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Yesterday the longest-lived operating system in history that has been working continuously for nearly 13 years-Window s XP finally finished its legendary life and announced its curtain call. This also means that since yesterday Microsoft will no longer provide update services for Windows XP. Regarding the 'retirement' of XP a legendary IT veteran the majority of XP users while worrying about the safety of their computers also showed great nostalgia for XP.

Due to the network security of 360 Jinshan Rising Tencent etc. The manufacturer promises to continue to provide security protection for XP users. Therefore after XP is retired ordinary users will not have too much risk even if they continue to use XP. However for banks government departments and other enterprises that attach great importance to information security XP users come That said continuing to use the XP system will face greater information security risks. Professionals reminded in an interview with the Southern Metropolis reporter that ordinary users can not be busy upgrading but users of enterprises and institutions should upgrade the operating system as soon as possible or replace XP with other operating systems to prevent major information security incidents.

XP retires attracts netizens’ nostalgia

Although the XP operating system is no longer the head of Microsoft it still has a large number of Fans. Statistics show that in the Chinese mainland market there are still more than 200 million computers running XP systems.

Since the Spring Festival the topic of XP’s upcoming retirement has been Become a hot topic. Yesterday the day of XP’s retirement finally came. On WeChat Moments Weibo and forums netizens spontaneously initiated activities to nostalgia for XP to express their reluctance. As the longest-served and most successful operating system in Microsoft's history XP's brilliance makes people look up. The 'Blue Sky White Clouds and Green Grass Desktop' picture has also become a classic picture with the growth of hundreds of millions of XP users in China.

'Although in the process of using XP you must constantly Repair all kinds of vulnerabilities but now XP is really going to retire it is really reluctant. XP has accompanied my youth and now it is goodbye to XP as if it is also goodbye to my youth.' Netizen 'I am an IT worker 'A lot of people's feelings were expressed on his Weibo.

Yesterday was also Microsoft’s monthly 'Tuesday Patch' release Day means that XP will usher in the 'last patch' on this day. For XP 'goodbye' means strong. Some netizens waited for the release of Microsoft patches in front of their computers to commemorate this moment.

Safety companies escort XP

There have been rumors that once Microsoft stops patching XP vulnerabilities continue to use The XP system is at risk of infection within ten minutes. Yesterday was the day when XP was shut down but the above-mentioned scenes that worries the majority of netizens did not appear. As of yesterday's deadline no major network security incidents related to XP broke out.

In fact in order to deal with the XP shutdown incident domestic security Manufacturers such as 360 Kingsoft Rising Tencent etc. have formulated relevant plans several months ago to continue to escort the safety of XP after the shutdown. The reporter learned from the above-mentioned security companies that in response to the XP shutdown many security companies began to send special personnel on duty from the evening of the 7th to monitor the vulnerabilities of the XP system.

Jinshan network security expert Li Tiejun told Nandu reporters including Jinshan Domestic security software companies including those have made full preparations for the XP shutdown and Microsoft has also provided active support. 'April 8 is the time when Microsoft stops XP technical support but for users the risk of the system will not change drastically in the short term before and after April 8 which means that Users who choose to stay at XP will not have a situation where the system risk will increase a lot after April 9. Ordinary XP users don’t need to worry too much about this.” Li Tiejun also reminded users who continue to “stick to” XP System risk will be a process of gradual evolution. If users stay behind for a year or even more than two years as vulnerabilities continue to accumulate security will be greatly reduced.

Enterprises and institutions need to avoid related risks

Although for ordinary XP users because there are many security vendors escorting There will not be too high a risk in the short term but for XP users who are very concerned about information security such as banks telecommunications government departments and Internet companies if they continue to use XP after XP is suspended they will face greater information Safety pressure.

Because China’s large-scale national and industry informatization construction began in the XP era more than ten years ago it is currently under the government The proportion of XP systems in institutions key industries and enterprises is quite high and so far the proportion of these users upgrading is low. Some security experts predict that the XP systems of these enterprises and institutions will become targets for hackers.

Take the bank’s ATM machine as an example according to the largest According to NCR the ATM machine supplier in the United States 95% of the ATM machines in the United States use XP systems and only 20% to 30% will be updated and repaired before the deadline. The proportion of domestic ATM machine upgrades is much lower than that of the United States. The risk is greater. Li Tiejun said that enterprises and institutions should complete the XP system upgrade as soon as possible or switch to an alternative operating system to avoid related risks.

Bank ATM machines have huge risks

Take the bank’s ATM as an example according to the largest ATM supplier in the United States NCR According to the report 95% of the ATMs in the United States use the XP system and only 20% to 30% will be updated and repaired before the deadline. The proportion of domestic ATM upgrades is much lower than that of the United States and the potential risk is greater. Li Tiejun said that enterprises and institutions should complete the XP system upgrade as soon as possible or switch to an alternative operating system to avoid related risks.

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