Windows XP Users 6 Times More Likely to Be Hacked Than Windows 7 Users

The news of Windows XP's ending support is no joke. After April 8, Microsoft will stop supplying security patches for the 13 year old operating system and a recent blog post by Avast (provider of one of the top free antiviruses around), explains just how dangerous using Windows XP beyond that point is.

Avast COO Ondrej Vlcek wrote on the company's blog:

“The vulnerable OS will be an easy target for hackers and be seen as a gateway to infect other non-XP operating systems" Avast COO Ondrej Vlcek also said, "Our telemetry data shows that XP users are 6 times more likely to get attacked than Windows 7 users and once Microsoft stops issuing patches, this can worsen."

Unbelievable, XP users are 6 times more likely to get attacked, this is also whilst the operating system is still supported! Even more surprising, nearly a quarter of Avast's 211 million users are still running Windows XP! Various estimates suggest that a fifth to a third of all PCs connected to the internet are still using the ancient OS.

If you are unsure if you have windows XP or not then see below:

  1. Restart your PC
  2. If it looks like this:

Then you have Windows XP, if it looks any different then you have a different OS (Operating System).

If you're determined to keep using Windows XP let carry out a service on your PC to make sure it is as protected as it can be with its Anti-Virus software up-to-date.