Posted by Colleen Brickey, Hardware Services Manager
Microsoft announced last year that support and security updates will no longer be available for its popular old operating system after April 8, 2014. Ultimately it’s the end of life for any and all XP computers. That doesn’t mean the computers will immediately become unusable, but they may be more vulnerable to hackers. The US House of Representatives takes this very seriously and has given everyone on the Hill, including Vendors – directive to upgrade or remove these computers for all offices with the XP operating systems by April 8th.
Our maintenance team has been upgrading and replacing computers for this project since August last year. We have been feverishly working to ensure none of our offices have any problems after the deadline next week. Come April 8th – there will be no more XP computers allowed on the House network, whether it is in the office or remotely. This includes personal computers that are used to log in from home using VPN. So even if you do not plan on upgrading your personal computer – you will not be able to connect to the US House of Representatives network and access such things as your email, shared folders, your desktop in the office, etc. On April 8th the InfoSecurity team will disallow any and all XP machines from connecting and you will not be allowed to connect until the computer is upgraded.
Is there a way to fix this?? Yes – call your local iConstituent support team! We can help you do the upgrade for any US House of Representatives owned laptop. For personal laptops and computers, you can buy the Windows 7 upgrade from Microsoft. It’s not too difficult, but it really is important to the security and safety of your information on your machine.