Change will leave firms’ data at risk

Nicola and Chris Attwood, of Axon Comunication in Blackpool
Nicola and Chris Attwood, of Axon Comunication in Blackpool

Businesses on the Fylde coast may be putting themselves at risk by running out-of-date computer software, experts have warned.

Microsoft has withdrawn support for one the most popular computer operating systems in the world, meaning machines that still run Windows XP could be exposed to viruses.

And bosses at Axon Communication, on Empress Drive, North Shore, have warned that companies that handle sensitive information could be breaking the law if they are still running the 13-year-old operating system.

Director Chris Attwood said: “Technical assistance for Windows XP will no longer be available, including automatic updates that help protect your PC.

“This will make your business vulnerable to hackers, viruses and you will not be following the Data Protection Act as the security on the system will not be valid.”

As Microsoft focuses on its newer systems, it will no longer offer potentially critical updates for Windows XP, which is still used on around 30 per cent of all PCs.

Systems running XP will continue to work, but updates will no longer be issued, meaning security issues could go unfixed.

The Information Commissioner’s Office warned the risk to computers will increase over time as more vulnerabilities are gradually discovered.

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