Are you still using Windows XP? Security researchers have predicted that following the end of Microsoft’s support for its XP operating system, a black market for security patches is likely to emerge. Microsoft ceased providing fixes to security vulnerabilities in XP on 8th April 2014 and whilst it continues to provide custom support to larger organisations, the majority of users will be unable to protect themselves against new vulnerabilities. Unfortunately for users, if such a black market does develop, they have no way of ensuring that the patch is a genuine fix or whether it is in reality disguised malware.
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