XP computers are six times more likely to be attacked than Windows 7 systems. That’s the stern warning from Ondrej Vicek, the CEO of Internet security service AVAST.

In a post on the companies website, he says that the end of XP security support means a data breach crisis is looming. He thinks the decision to end security support is a poor one on Microsoft’s part and says the company has not been successful in transitioning XP users to other systems.Though, from some of the e-mails we’ve received here, you couldn’t budge a large number of XP users away from that OS with dynamite.

AVAST’s numbers show that nearly 25% of its customers are still using XP systems.  Plus 30% of computers worldwide are still on XP. He points out that XP is not a particularly safe system as it is. XP users are six times more likely to be attacked than those using Windows 7. With the end of security support for XP, users can only expect to see that number climb.

Vicek was especially concerned that more than 90% of ATMs are still running XP. He also expressed worries over how medical offices running XP could leave private patient data vulnerable to attack.

He then pledged that AVAST would do everything possible to protect XP after Microsoft ceases supports. But the company will be hampered by a lack of data from Microsoft. He also encouraged XP users to stop using Internet Explorer in favor of Google Chrome.

 ~ Cynthia