Windows XP will turn 15 this year, but this doesn?t necessarily mean that all users and organizations running it on their PCs are ready to let it go.
And living proof is ANZ, the largest bank in New Zealand, whose computers are still powered by Windows XP, despite the fact that Microsoft pulled support for this OS version in April 2014.
Stuff.co.nz reports that when a bank customer noticed Windows XP running on ANZ?s computers and asked whether custom support from Microsoft was still being offered to keep his and others? information secure, company officials refused to answer.
?All it takes is for that one [threat] to slip through, and you have a bit of a disaster on your hands. If they're paying for the extra support that's probably OK - it's just not knowing. As a customer, you kind of deserve to know,? the customer is quoted as saying.
No confirmation of a planned migration
On the other hand, a bank spokesperson has claimed that all Windows XP computers are secure, but he has refused to provide any information as to when these machines might be upgraded to a newer OS version or at least if there are plans for such a migration.
?However, all our Microsoft desktops are supported by Microsoft, and access to drives on terminals in branches is secured and is subject to regular security audits,? the spokesperson stressed.
Windows XP continues to be really popular despite the end-of-support date reached in April 2014, with approximately 10 percent of desktop computers across the world still running it, according to third-party statistics.
Several large organizations across the world are also running Windows XP on their PCs too, including the British Royal Navy, who installed a custom version of this OS on their submarines. Clearly, this poses a huge security threat since no other patches are being provided, but everyone seems to be claiming that Windows XP computers are completely secure.