Seniors — Is Your Computer Running Windows XP?


More and more senior citizens are using computers for e-mail, games, and other other purposes. My mother is in her 90’s and is on the computer every day.

But as we age, we lose the techno-lust that some younger people have. We don’t need or want the very latest gadgets or most powerful computers. We tend to get comfortable with something we’ve learned, and we just stick with it.

That’s fine, normally. But if you’re using an older computer running the Windows XP operating system, you could be opening yourself to security problems in the near future.

Yesterday, April 8, 2014, was the final day that Microsoft will provide support, including security updates, for the Windows XP operating system. That means older computers will be more susceptible to viruses and other issues.

The good news is that you have several options. The easiest might be to just buy a new computer, as cheap as they are these days. Or you can visit the Microsoft Web site That site will tell you whether your computer is using XP, and what you should do if it is.

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