First Guaranty Bank wants customers who rely on Microsoft Windows XP to be informed of some upcoming changes that will affect their safety on the internet.

Like many software companies, Microsoft periodically releases updates to the software they’ve published. Updates can fix bugs, add new features, or solve security problems. Online criminals are constantly trying to find ways of breaking into computers, including those running Windows XP. Microsoft analyzes reports of these techniques, and creates updates to protect against these attacks. As part of Microsoft’s standard product lifecycle policies, Microsoft will release the last set of updates for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. Criminals know that any techniques discovered after April 8th won’t be fixed by Microsoft.

Criminals want control of your computer for a number of reasons, including accessing the information in, or taking control of, your social media accounts, online shopping accounts, or even online banking accounts. Beyond these risks, some businesses may have government or industry regulations that compel them to upgrade.

If you continue to use a computer running Windows XP after April 8th, 2014, your security online may be greatly diminished. First Guaranty Bank advises our customers against the use of Windows XP for banking, online shopping, or the storage of any sensitive or confidential information after April 8th, 2014. We encourage our customers running Windows XP to develop a plan to move off of Windows XP to another operating system before April 8th, 2014. This could include upgrading your current computer to a newer version of Windows, installing some operating system other than Windows, or buying a new computer.

First Guaranty Bank is providing you this information because we value your safety, however, we are unable to provide technical support, and our mention of a product is not an endorsement or guarantee. We encourage you to review the following information provided by Microsoft to learn more.

For consumers:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/end-support-help

For business:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/enterprise/endofsupport.aspx