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Fleets warned of online security risk from Windows XP

The fleet management software company says that Microsoft ended active support for Windows XP in April and will not issue any security patches if weaknesses are found or if it comes under malicious attack from viruses.

Managing director Ashley Sowerby said: ‘Windows XP was introduced in 2001 and is now almost prehistoric in IT terms, dating to a time before web use was common. However, it is still very commonly used by fleets, especially as workstations.

‘While it is not an open-and-shut case, these fleets may be placing themselves at risk. They may have other security protection in place, such as firewalls and anti-virus software, but XP is always going to now be a vulnerability in their systems.’

Sowerby added that even if fleets were sure that their XP-based systems were secure, there was still a strong argument to update to a newer operating system for a host of other productivity reasons.

He said: ‘This is simply very dated technology and it is highly unlikely that any newer applications that fleets are using will work to their optimum capability within an XP-based environment.

‘The same applies to older web browsers that are often used by fleets such as Internet Explorer 7 and 8 that are often found on XP machines. While newer software may work within them, they will work better with later browsers.’

Chevin’s own FleetWave system will work with any browser from IE7 but is optimised for IE9 or newer.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.