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Fleets using Windows XP may be risking security

Fleets still using the Windows XP operating system may be compromising their online security, says fleet management software company Chevin.

Microsoft ended active support for Windows XP in April and will not issue any security patches if weaknesses are found or if it comes under malicious attack from viruses.

Managing director Ashley Sowerby explained: “Windows XP was introduced in 2001 and is now almost prehistoric in IT terms, dating to a time before web use was common. However, it is still very commonly used by fleets, especially as workstations.

“While it is not an open-and-shut case, these fleets may be placing themselves at risk. They may have other security protection in place, such as firewalls and anti-virus software, but XP is always going to now be a vulnerability in their systems.”

Sowerby added that even if fleets were sure that their XP based systems were secure, there was still a strong argument to update to a newer operating system for a host of other productivity reasons.

He said: “This is simply very dated technology and it is highly unlikely that any newer applications that fleets are using will work to their optimum capability within an XP-based environment.

“The same applies to older web browsers that are often used by fleets such as Internet Explorer 7 and 8 that are often found on XP machines. While newer software may work within them, they will work better with later browsers.”


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  • GrumpyOldMen - 16/05/2014 12:01

    Even worse is the number of manufacturers adopting Android as the preferred in-car operating system. Not exactly bullet proof. There may be some interesting "incidents" in the next 10 years of Fleet News. PS: did you know most ATMs in the UK run XP.......

  • Stephen Fox - 17/05/2014 22:10

    End of Windows XP support isn't a big deal. Switch to Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Opera. And drop Office for Google Drive.

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