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Campus delays, will block XP

Now that Microsoft has stopped supporting its Windows XP operating system with security updates, UC Davis is taking steps to block computers that still employ XP from connecting to the university’s network or from using secure UCD resources. I encourage people to stop using XP — it is no longer safe enough to use online — and want to alert people to this change.

Our network records show that many people off campus continue to use Windows XP to connect to the campus.

Starting May 7, people using computers with XP software to connect to the university’s network began to see a warning and 15-second delay before they could log in to their campus accounts. The warning advises them to upgrade to new software. On June 25, the delay goes to 30 seconds. Starting Aug. 27, their access to secure online campus resources and the campus network will be blocked.

These measures apply only to computers using XP (or older) software, and end once the user upgrades to new software.

These steps will help protect members of the UCD community — as well as campus records, data and resources — from hackers and thieves who see XP as an attractive route for a break-in.

We have posted additional information at http://security.ucdavis.edu/winxp.html.

Cheryl Washington
Chief information security officer, UC Davis

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