WannaCry prompts Microsoft to update Windows XP for the first time in years

In an unprecedented move, Microsoft this week announced that they had issued updates to Windows XP computers vulnerable to the WannaCry ransomware that took over many internet-facing companies this weekend. Microsoft had issued patches for other Windows operating systems before, but XP was left out of the loop because it had reached the end of its end-of-life extended support period in April 2014. Given the extraordinary circumstances, however, the company now has patches that you can use to update Windows XP to act as a first line of defense against WannaCry, although it is also advised that you use a better software firewall and antivirus in order to reduce your risk on the internet. You can download the update from Microsoft’s Catalog page today.

Source: The Verge