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    Windows XP Expiration Date - How to Stay Safe

    As most of you know, effective tomorrow, April 8th, technical support for Windows XP will no longer be available. This means Microsoft will no longer be providing security updates to protect your PC, which makes it much more vulnerable to viruses and puts you at much greater risk. Your computer will still work, but at a risk that most are not willing to take. If you had previously downloaded Microsoft Security Essentials, you will receive anti-malware updates until July 14, 2015. But don’t be fooled, this doesn’t mean you are safe. Without automatic security updates, hackers can get into your information much easier. Keep reading for important information on how to stay secure and your best options for moving forward.

    Upgrade Your Current PC
    If your computer is new, you may be able to simply upgrade to Windows 7 or 8. Before you head down this path, make sure your computer meets the system requirements. Microsoft recommends running their Windows Upgrade Assistant to ensure your PC is compatible.

    System Requirements:
    Windows 7
    Windows 8, 8.1

    Upgrade Tutorial:
    Windows XP to Windows 7
    Windows XP to Windows 8, 8.1

    Purchase a New PC
    If your computer isn’t new; it may be more cost effective and less of a headache to just purchase a new computer. You get the benefit of newer technology and you know your information is secure. If your computer doesn’t support Windows 7 or 8, this would definitely be your best option - plus Windows is partnering with Laplink to help you transfer your data at no additional cost. Windstream has a few options for those in the market for a new desktop or laptop. We also offer a payment plan that allows you to spread out the cost of your new equipment. You can shop our electronics store for tablets, printers, and accessories, too.


    Add a Security Package
    In the crazy cyber world we live in, it goes without saying that you can never be too protected. Windstream offers several security options to protect you and your valuable information. We also offer McAfee Multi-Access in all security packages so you can protect up to three devices at one time. Click here to see which package is right for you.

    One thing is certain, the number of infections will rise for users who continue to use Windows XP, it's not an if, it's a when. Don't become a victim to this activity, act now and take the necessary steps to protect yourself and your computer.