As you may know, Microsoft has announced that Windows XP has reached its end-of-life. As such, they will no longer be patching security holes after April 8th, 2014. On the second Tuesday of every month, Microsoft patches all versions of Windows that haven’t yet reached end-of-life. April 8th 2014 will be the last patch for Windows XP. After that date, it’s widely believed by security experts that using Windows XP to go online will be dangerous, and will continue to become more dangerous as time goes by.
According to security experts, going online with Windows XP after April 8th will be make users vulnerable to un-patched exploits. Such explolits could steal users’ identity, turn users’ computers into spam-sending mailbots, or do any one or more of a number of other bad things without users’ permission.
If you absolutely must use Windows XP online after April 8th 2014, please read my Using Windows Online Safely checklist for best practices in using Windows, especially Windows XP after this deadline.