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New cybersecurity report details risk of running unsupported software
Whatís interesting is the difference between encountering malware and actually being infected by it. During the first half of 2013, currently supported versions of Windows desktop operating systems (Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8) all had roughly similar malware encounter rates Ė between 12 and 20 percent. But Windows XP systems had an infection rate that was six times higher than Windows 8.
Microsoft Windows XP was released almost 12 years ago, which is an eternity in technology terms. While we are proud of Windows XPís success in serving the needs of so many people for more than a decade, inevitably there is a tipping point where dated software and hardware can no longer defend against modern day threats and increasingly sophisticated cybercriminals.