Online buyers and sellers were among the first targeted by fraudsters and identity thieves in the early days of the Internet, and those threats have not abated. As EcommerceBytes reported last week, Amazon and PayPal are among the companies most frequently targeted in the industry these days.
Merchants must be particularly vigilant about keeping their systems secure, and life is about to get more challenging for them this week. As of tomorrow, April 8, 2014, Microsoft will stop supporting its Windows XP operating system. While computers and laptops running on the system will continue to work, they will become more vulnerable to viruses and malware.
In order to gauge the potential impact on ecommerce, EcommerceBytes is surveying online merchants to determine how many of them use computers with WinXP when conducting selling activities and what, if anything, they are doing to prepare for the end of Microsofto’s support for the 12-year-old operating system.
Last year, MakeUseOf provided tips for those wanting to keep their computers operating with the WinXP operating system, and there’s debate about how serious the threat will be once support for the OS ends.