Scammers, hackers, and identity thieves are looking to steal your personal information – and your money. Threats such as computer viruses, account takeovers, and identity theft increase with the use of the Internet. But there are steps you can take to protect yourself, like keeping your computer software up-to-date and giving out your personal information only when you have a good reason. Customers should implement the following controls to reduce the risk of these threats:
Computing Security Practices and Protection for customers accessing their account information via the Internet:
Password Practices (All Customers)
Operating System Protection (All Customers)
| General Business Practices (All Customers)
General Business Practices (Commercial Customers)
|For more information on how you can be protected, visit http://www.onguardonline.gov.|
Microsoft Support ending for Windows XP and Office 2003
What happens if I keep using my XP system?
Your computer will continue to operate as it does today. Only the support for security patches and software support will end.
After support ends for Windows XP, Microsoft will not release security patches for vulnerabilities in Windows XP. These vul-nerabilities are used by cybercriminals to compromise computers. You will not be able to patch for known vulnerabilities making your risk of a compromised computer much higher.
In addition, if you have issues with hard-ware and software running on the computer, Microsoft will not provide support to reme-dy those issues.
Your largest concern should be increased probability of a system compromise. It is reported that cybercriminals are storing up their Windows XP attacks to release after the support ends.
How will this affect my XP system?
Microsoft ended support for the windows XP operating system and Office 2003 prod-uct line on April 08, 2014. After this date, these products will no longer receive:
? Security patches which help protect PCs from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software
? Assisted technical support from Mi-crosoft
? Software and content updates
Who should by concerned?
This issue effects anyone who uses a Win-dows XP computer or Office 2003. However, those who use their computer for the fol-lowing are at a higher level of risk:
? Business or consumers using online banking
? Store or transmit sensitive data
? Make online purchases
As a small business, what should concern me?
Computer systems running unsupported soft-ware are exposed to an elevated risk to cyber-security dangers, such as malicious attacks or electronics data loss. Government agencies and regulatory boards have issued statements warning businesses regarding security risks, legal compliance issues, and additional liabil-ity for data breaches.
What can I do to resolve these risks?
Microsoft suggests that you upgrade your soft-ware to a supported version, if your hardware meets the minimum requirements. Please review the Microsoft resources for more infor-mation and other frequent asked questions.
What should I do if I MUST continue to use an unsupported product?
If continued use is required, use safe networking practices, such as maintaining firewalls and other front line network protections. The SANs resource provided in this guide has excellent information regarding protective con-trols which can be used to reduce your risk.
How can I make migration as seamless as possible?
Microsoft is offering free file transfer services at their website, which can be found in the ad-ditional information section. This service will only work on folders and files, such as spreadsheets, documents, and images but will not transfer applications, such as Office.
What Operating System should I replace XP with?
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Migrating to Windows 8—8.1 is not required, but will offer the longest period of time without having to undergo another system migration.
Microsoft Support Information: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/enterprise/endofsupport.aspx
US-CERT Notification: https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts/TA14-069A-0
SANS Securing The Human Newsletter: http://www.securingthehuman.org/newsletters/ouch/issues/OUCH-201403_en.pdf
Microsoft XP File Transfer Service:http://www.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/xp/transfer-your-data.aspx
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