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Windows XP Retirement: 10 Essential Security Tips

Microsoft will end support for Windows XP on April 8, but it recently said it will extend some limited security and license registration capabilities. Find out what will be supported, how controls can reduce the risk of an infection, and why it is time to move to a more modern operating system.

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Use Windows XP In Virtual Environment

Windows XP can run in a virtual environment on a Windows 7 PC, enabling the client to get the added benefit of using a more modern operating system. This may be an option for some firms that have custom software that won't run properly on Windows 7 or above.

IT administrators also can add whitelisting software to prevent code from executing on Windows XP systems, say some experts. Modern whitelisting sold by Bit9 and other vendors provides active monitoring over applications and systems, and can support physical or virtual workstations and servers. End users will be impacted by authorizing only mission-critical applications on XP systems, but the environment will be locked down to the point where executing code will be more difficult to carry out.

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