RJR Tech Blog
Microsoft Windows XP, Server 2003 End of Life
As you may have heard, Microsoft has announced the retirement (End of Life) for Windows XP, Server 2003, and Office 2003 on April 8, 2014.
Some of the issues you may encounter if you have an XP system:
- Potential security risks to personal information
- Cannot use more secure and newer Internet Explorer
- Stuck on Internet Explorer 8, currently version 11
- End of Security update support and updates
- Windows will no longer update any fixes of known bugs
- Many newer products may require Windows 7 or newer
How to determine if you have an XP system:
- When you are logged into your computer, simply look at your START button (lower left corner) and if it has the word START, then this is most likely an XP computer.
What to do if you have an XP system:
- RJR Solutions is recommending that you upgrade/replace your computer with a Windows 7 or Windows 8 computer, PRIOR to April 2014.
Special NCJAR Member Benefits
- Fixed Fee Data Transfer: RJR Solutions is providing Active NCJAR Members special pricing to transfer your old computer data to your new one at a fixed-fee in-office rate of $110*.
- Secure Computer Recycling: Identity threat is a serious danger in today's world, so in addition to offering data transfer services, RJR Solutions provides secure data destruction for all recycled equipment. They also offer Certificates of Destruction if needed for insurance or peace of mind that your personal information is completely vaporized. For pricing and additional information, please click here.
*Based on single profile
RJR Solutions is located on the first floor of the NCJAR Morristown office at
910 Mount Kemble Avenue and can be reached at 973-425-0900.
Additional End of Life Resource Links
Major security risk using ALL versions of Internet Explorer
On Saturday, Microsoft released information that cybercriminals are exploiting an unpatched and critical vulnerability in Internet Explorer (IE) using "drive-by" attacks. This affects ALL versions of Internet Explorer (IE) and ALL Microsoft Operating Systems.
A “drive-by” attack is when you are tricked into visiting a malicious or compromised website, and your browser is quickly hacked simply by pulling up the page. These are among the most dangerous types of hacks since there is absolutely no protection. Since this is a bug in Internet Explorer and not viruses, your existing protection is useless to these attacks and your system will be compromised.
PLAN OF ACTION
It is strongly recommended that you DO NOT USE INTERNET EXPLORER until Microsoft releases a fix, which may be over the next two weeks. In the meantime, we are recommending you use Google Chrome or Mozilla FireFox. However, if you rely on any websites for your business, such as banking, payroll, MLS, they may have a recommended browser other than IE.
SPECIAL NOTE TO WINDOWS XP USERS
Although all versions of Windows are affected, Windows XP users will not be getting any security updates, even after Microsoft fixes this issue. However, if you must continue to use Windows XP and Internet Explorer, there are some enhanced security tools available from Microsoft’s website that can be installed and configured that can make it harder for these attacks to occur. This package is called the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit 4.1 and available at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=41138.