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Wouldn't it be great if XP users could continue to use their computers safely beyond April 2014?

Do you, or your office, or a friend or a family member still use Windows XP?


After its release in 2001, Microsoft's Windows XP became the most widely used and successful operating system on PCs around the world. Of course, several newer versions of Windows have been released since then. However, even today, thirteen years later, there are still hundreds of millions of systems using XP. However, in April 2014, support from Microsoft for XP will come to an end. This means that even critical security risks will no longer be corrected in Windows XP. Microsoft recommends that all XP users upgrade to a newer version of Windows, or even buy a new PC. However, this is not an easy step for many remaining XP users. In addition to the cost of a new system or a new release of Windows, there are conversion or migration costs, user training requirements, and each of these steps takes time. Many individuals, families and small businesses do not have the technical expertise to transfer applications, data files and system settings to a new operating system.

And some users face even bigger challenges: they have older software products that cannot run on newer Windows systems, or specific printers or other hardware that are not compatible with Windows 7 or 8.

We are building an alternative to those "solutions". You may be facing such a puzzle yourself, either at home or at work. And you may have family members, friends or work colleagues who are frustrated by these difficult choices.

xpXtend offers a new alternative.

Project Description

So, what is xpXtend? We are creating a tool specifically to help protect Windows XP systems and users from many future security risks, allowing these same users to continue to use XP on their existing PCs. xpXtend accomplishes this by combining several techniques to shield XP systems from various forms of malicious software.

Xpxtend installs a two-way "drawbridge" between your XP-based computer and the network (your local network in your home or office, as well as the internet). Whenever a program asks for network resources - a web site, an email message, a picture or video, etc. - xpXtend checks with the XProtection Network to see if the requested resources are known to be safe (on a "whitelist") or unsafe (on a "blacklist").

  • If the requested resources are safe, the connection proceeds, immediately (and transparently). On the other hand, if the requested resources are unsafe (or simply unknown), the user will be warned, and XPXtend will recommend that the user should not proceed. Depending on the user's permissions (determined when xpXtend is installed), the user may be able override the recommendation (either for this session, or by modifying the user-controlled whitelist).
XProtection Network Diagram
XProtection Network Diagram

We've designed xpXtend, and we've built a proof of concept. But we need your assistance to create the actual product, the full functionality, the whitelist of safe network resources and blacklist of dangerous ones, and to set up the servers to operate the XProtection Network to help keep XP-based systems safe online once Microsoft ceases to release software updates.

XP System Requirements

Windows XP with Service Pack 3, all current critical updates and patches from Microsoft via Microsoft Update, with hardware that meets Microsoft's requirements for Windows XP, plus an internet connection

Will xpXtend work with SSL/HTTPS web sites? Yes, but with an important exception. A web server (such as your bank) can use Secure Sockets Layer (also known as HTTPS) to encrypt the communication between the computers, to prevent another user from eavesdropping on your web session. Because this information is encrypted, xpXtend cannot check each message to protect you; if criminals hack your bank's site, and install malicious software on the bank's site, xpXtend will not be able to prevent that malware from entering your computer. However, this is not unique to xpXtend or to Windows XP - any PC (using any operating system) will be vulnerable to that bank's compromised web site. Therefore, it is likely that the malicious software will be reported"”and repaired - quickly. In the meantime, xpXtend will receive updates from us, adding the compromised bank's website to our blacklist, to help keep you from visiting the compromised site.

Are there other best practices that I should follow to help protect my Windows XP system? Yes, we maintain a list of recommended tools and methods to help keep your system safe. In addition, an installation of XPXtend will allow a user to override xpXtend's protective services, and any user with Administrator privileges can uninstall xpXtend at any time. Therefore, any inexperienced or unsophisticated computer user will need training, supervision or monitoring to realize the benefits of xpXtend.

What is done, what is left to do?

We've defined the functionality and completed the design of the XProtection Network and the Windows application.

Your pledge will allow us to complete the project:

• to create the actual product with the functionality described above,

• to populate the whitelist of safe network resources and blacklist of dangerous ones,

• to build the mechanisms to update the application, the white- and blacklists, and the XProtection Network as new threats evolve, and

• to set up the servers to operate the XProtection Network to help keep XP-based systems safe online.

Development Schedule

xpXtend Development Schedule
xpXtend Development Schedule

What will we use your pledge funds for?

Here's our development budget and plan:

xpXtend Privacy Policy

Information we collect

How we use information we collect

Transparency and choice

Information you share

Accessing and updating your personal information

Information we share

Information security

When this Privacy Policy applies

Compliance and cooperation with regulatory authorities

Changes

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Last modified: April 10, 2014

There are many different ways you can use our services – to search for and share information, to communicate with other people or to create new content. When you share information with us, for example by creating a xpXtend Account, we can make those services even better. As you use our services, we want you to be clear how we’re using information and the ways in which you can protect your privacy.

Our Privacy Policy explains:

We’ve tried to keep it as simple as possible, but if you’re not familiar with terms like cookies, IP addresses, pixel tags and browsers, then read about these key terms first. Your privacy matters to xpXtend so whether you are new to xpXtend or a long-time user, please do take the time to get to know our practices.

Information we collect

We collect information to provide better services to all of our users – from figuring out basic stuff like which language you speak, to more complex things like which sites you want to access and which you want to avoid.

We collect information in two ways:

o Device information

We may collectdevice-specific information (such as your hardware model, operating system version, unique device identifiers, and mobile network information including phone number).

o Log information

When you use our services or view content provided by xpXtend, we may automatically collect and store certain information in server logs. This may include:

o Local storage

We may collect and store information (including personal information) locally on your device using mechanisms such as browser web storage (including HTML 5) and application data caches.

o Cookies and anonymous identifiers

We and our partners use various technologies to collect and store information when you visit a xpXtend service, and this may include sending one or more cookies or anonymous identifiers to your device. We also use cookies and anonymous identifiers when you interact with services we offer to our partners, such as xpXtend features that may appear on other sites.

How we use information we collect

We use the information we collect from all of our services to provide, maintain, protect and improve them, to develop new ones, and to protect xpXtend and our users. We also use this information to offer you tailored content – like giving you more relevant search results and ads.

We may use the name you provide for your xpXtend Profile across all of the services we offer that require a xpXtend Account. In addition, we may replace past names associated with your xpXtend Account so that you are represented consistently across all our services. If other users already have your email, or other information that identifies you, we may show them your publicly visible xpXtend Profile information, such as your name and photo.

When you contact xpXtend, we may keep a record of your communication to help solve any issues you might be facing. We may use your email address to inform you about our services, such as letting you know about upcoming changes or improvements.

We use information collected from cookies and other technologies, like pixel tags, to improve your user experience and the overall quality of our services. For example, by saving your language preferences, we’ll be able to have our services appear in the language you prefer. When showing you tailored ads, we will not associate a cookie or anonymous identifier with sensitive categories, such as those based on race, religion, sexual orientation or health.

We may combine personal information from one service with information, including personal information, from other xpXtend services.

We will ask for your consent before using information for a purpose other than those that are set out in this Privacy Policy.

xpXtend processes personal information on our servers in countries around the world. We may process your personal information on a server located outside the country where you live.

Transparency and choice

People have different privacy concerns. Our goal is to be clear about what information we collect, so that you can make meaningful choices about how it is used. For example, you can:

You may also set your browser to block all cookies, including cookies associated with our services, or to indicate when a cookie is being set by us. However, it’s important to remember that many of our services may not function properly if your cookies are disabled. For example, we may not remember your language preferences.

Information you share

Some of our services let you share information with others. Remember that when you share information publicly, it may be indexable by search engines. Our services provide you with different options on sharing and removing your content.

Accessing and updating your personal information

Whenever you use our services, we aim to provide you with access to your personal information. If that information is wrong, we strive to give you ways to update it quickly or to delete it – unless we have to keep that information for legitimate business or legal purposes. When updating your personal information, we may ask you to verify your identity before we can act on your request.

We may reject requests that are unreasonably repetitive, require disproportionate technical effort (for example, developing a new system or fundamentally changing an existing practice), risk the privacy of others, or would be extremely impractical (for instance, requests concerning information residing on backup systems).

Where we can provide information access and correction, we will do so for free, except where it would require a disproportionate effort. We aim to maintain our services in a manner that protects information from accidental or malicious destruction. Because of this, after you delete information from our services, we may not immediately delete residual copies from our active servers and may not remove information from our backup systems.

Information we share

We do not share personal information with companies, organizations and individuals outside of xpXtend unless one of the following circumstances applies:

We will share personal information with companies, organizations or individuals outside of xpXtend when we have your consent to do so. We require opt-in consent for the sharing of any sensitive personal information.

If your xpXtend Account is managed for you by a domain administrator (for example, for xpXtend Apps users) then your domain administrator and resellers who provide user support to your organization will have access to your xpXtend Account information (including your email and other data). Your domain administrator may be able to:

Please refer to your domain administrator’s privacy policy for more information.

We provide personal information to our affiliates or other trusted businesses or persons to process it for us, based on our instructions and in compliance with our Privacy Policy and any other appropriate confidentiality and security measures.

We will share personal information with companies, organizations or individuals outside of xpXtend if we have a good-faith belief that access, use, preservation or disclosure of the information is reasonably necessary to:

We may share aggregated, non-personally identifiable information publicly and with our partners – like publishers, advertisers or connected sites. For example, we may share information publicly to show trends about the general use of our services.

If xpXtend is involved in a merger, acquisition or asset sale, we will continue to ensure the confidentiality of any personal information and give affected users notice before personal information is transferred or becomes subject to a different privacy policy.

Information security

We work hard to protect xpXtend and our users from unauthorized access to or unauthorized alteration, disclosure or destruction of information we hold. In particular:

When this Privacy Policy applies

Our Privacy Policy applies to all of the services offered by xpXtend LLC and its affiliates, including services offered on other sites (such as our advertising services), but excludes services that have separate privacy policies that do not incorporate this Privacy Policy.

Our Privacy Policy does not apply to services offered by other companies or individuals, including products or sites that may be displayed to you in search results, sites that may include xpXtend services, or other sites linked from our services. Our Privacy Policy does not cover the information practices of other companies and organizations who advertise our services, and who may use cookies, pixel tags and other technologies to serve and offer relevant ads.

Compliance and cooperation with regulatory authorities

We regularly review our compliance with our Privacy Policy. We also adhere to several self regulatory frameworks. When we receive formal written complaints, we will contact the person who made the complaint to follow up. We work with the appropriate regulatory authorities, including local data protection authorities, to resolve any complaints regarding the transfer of personal data that we cannot resolve with our users directly.

Changes

Our Privacy Policy may change from time to time. We will not reduce your rights under this Privacy Policy without your explicit consent. We will post any privacy policy changes on this page and, if the changes are significant, we will provide a more prominent notice (including, for certain services, email notification of privacy policy changes). We will also keep prior versions of this Privacy Policy in an archive for your review.

xpXtend Terms of Service

Welcome to xpXtend!

The terms below are effective April 10, 2014.

Thanks for using our products and services (“Services”). The Services are provided by xpXtend LLC. (“xpXtend”), located at 536 Yacht Club DR, Suite 200, Berlin, MD 21811, United States.

By using our Services, you are agreeing to these terms. Please read them carefully.

Using our Services

You must follow any policies made available to you within the Services.

Don’t misuse our Services. For example, don’t interfere with our Services or try to access them using a method other than the interface and the instructions that we provide. You may use our Services only as permitted by law, including applicable export and re-export control laws and regulations. We may suspend or stop providing our Services to you if you do not comply with our terms or policies or if we are investigating suspected misconduct.

Using our Services does not give you ownership of any intellectual property rights in our Services or the content you access. You may not use content from our Services unless you obtain permission from its owner or are otherwise permitted by law. These terms do not grant you the right to use any branding or logos used in our Services. Don’t remove, obscure, or alter any legal notices displayed in or along with our Services.

Our Services display some content that is not xpXtend’s. This content is the sole responsibility of the entity that makes it available. We may review content to determine whether it is illegal or violates our policies, and we may remove or refuse to display content that we reasonably believe violates our policies or the law. But that does not necessarily mean that we review content, so please don’t assume that we do.

In connection with your use of the Services, we may send you service announcements, administrative messages, and other information. You may opt out of some of those communications.

Some of our Services are available on mobile devices. Do not use such Services in a way that distracts you and prevents you from obeying traffic or safety laws.

Your xpXtend Account

You may need a xpXtend Account in order to use some of our Services. You may create your own xpXtend Account, or your xpXtend Account may be assigned to you by an administrator, such as your employer or educational institution. If you are using a xpXtend Account assigned to you by an administrator, different or additional terms may apply and your administrator may be able to access or disable your account.

To protect your xpXtend Account, keep your password confidential. You are responsible for the activity that happens on or through your xpXtend Account. Try not to reuse your xpXtend Account password on third-party applications. If you learn of any unauthorized use of your password or xpXtend Account, change your password.

Privacy and Copyright Protection

xpXtend’s privacy policies explain how we treat your personal data and protect your privacy when you use our Services. By using our Services, you agree that xpXtend can use such data in accordance with our privacy policies.

We respond to notices of alleged copyright infringement and terminate accounts of repeat infringers according to the process set out in the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Your Content in our Services

Some of our Services allow you to upload, submit, store, send or receive content. You retain ownership of any intellectual property rights that you hold in that content. In short, what belongs to you stays yours.

When you upload, submit, store, send or receive content to or through our Services, you give xpXtend (and those we work with) a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content. The rights you grant in this license are for the limited purpose of operating, promoting, and improving our Services, and to develop new ones. This license continues even if you stop using our Services. Some Services may offer you ways to access and remove content that has been provided to that Service. Also, in some of our Services, there are terms or settings that narrow the scope of our use of the content submitted in those Services. Make sure you have the necessary rights to grant us this license for any content that you submit to our Services.

Our automated systems analyze your content to provide you personally relevant product features, such as access to the xProtection Network. This analysis occurs as the content is sent, received, and when it is stored.

You can find more information about how xpXtend uses and stores content in the privacy policy or additional terms for particular Services. If you submit feedback or suggestions about our Services, we may use your feedback or suggestions without obligation to you.

About Software in our Services

When a Service requires or includes downloadable software, this software may update automatically on your device once a new version or feature is available. Some Services may let you adjust your automatic update settings.

xpXtend gives you a personal, worldwide, royalty-free, non-assignable and non-exclusive license to use the software provided to you by xpXtend as part of the Services. This license is for the sole purpose of enabling you to use and enjoy the benefit of the Services as provided by xpXtend, in the manner permitted by these terms. You may not copy, modify, distribute, sell, or lease any part of our Services or included software, nor may you reverse engineer or attempt to extract the source code of that software, unless laws prohibit those restrictions or you have our written permission.

Open source software is important to us. Some software used in our Services may be offered under an open source license that we will make available to you. There may be provisions in the open source license that expressly override some of these terms.

Modifying and Terminating our Services

We are constantly changing and improving our Services. We may add or remove functionalities or features, and we may suspend or stop a Service altogether.

You can stop using our Services at any time, although we’ll be sorry to see you go. xpXtend may also stop providing Services to you, or add or create new limits to our Services at any time.

We believe that you own your data and preserving your access to such data is important. If we discontinue a Service, where reasonably possible, we will give you reasonable advance notice and a chance to get information out of that Service.

Our Warranties and Disclaimers

We provide our Services using a commercially reasonable level of skill and care and we hope that you will enjoy using them. But there are certain things that we don’t promise about our Services.

OTHER THAN AS EXPRESSLY SET OUT IN THESE TERMS OR ADDITIONAL TERMS, NEITHER XPXTEND NOR ITS SUPPLIERS OR DISTRIBUTORS MAKE ANY SPECIFIC PROMISES ABOUT THE SERVICES. FOR EXAMPLE, WE DON’T MAKE ANY COMMITMENTS ABOUT THE CONTENT WITHIN THE SERVICES, THE SPECIFIC FUNCTIONS OF THE SERVICES, OR THEIR RELIABILITY, AVAILABILITY, OR ABILITY TO MEET YOUR NEEDS. WE PROVIDE THE SERVICES “AS IS”.

SOME JURISDICTIONS PROVIDE FOR CERTAIN WARRANTIES, LIKE THE IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, WE EXCLUDE ALL WARRANTIES.

Liability for our Services

WHEN PERMITTED BY LAW, XPXTEND, AND XPXTEND’S SUPPLIERS AND DISTRIBUTORS, WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST PROFITS, REVENUES, OR DATA, FINANCIAL LOSSES OR INDIRECT, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES.

TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, THE TOTAL LIABILITY OF XPXTEND, AND ITS SUPPLIERS AND DISTRIBUTORS, FOR ANY CLAIMS UNDER THESE TERMS, INCLUDING FOR ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES, IS LIMITED TO THE AMOUNT YOU PAID US TO USE THE SERVICES (OR, IF WE CHOOSE, TO SUPPLYING YOU THE SERVICES AGAIN).

IN ALL CASES, XPXTEND, AND ITS SUPPLIERS AND DISTRIBUTORS, WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE THAT IS NOT REASONABLY FORESEEABLE.

Business uses of our Services

If you are using our Services on behalf of a business, that business accepts these terms. It will hold harmless and indemnify xpXtend and its affiliates, officers, agents, and employees from any claim, suit or action arising from or related to the use of the Services or violation of these terms, including any liability or expense arising from claims, losses, damages, suits, judgments, litigation costs and attorneys’ fees.

About these Terms

We may modify these terms or any additional terms that apply to a Service to, for example, reflect changes to the law or changes to our Services. You should look at the terms regularly. We’ll post notice of modifications to these terms on this page. We’ll post notice of modified additional terms in the applicable Service. Changes will not apply retroactively and will become effective no sooner than seven days after they are posted. However, changes addressing new functions for a Service or changes made for legal reasons will be effective immediately. If you do not agree to the modified terms for a Service, you should discontinue your use of that Service.

If there is a conflict between these terms and the additional terms, the additional terms will control for that conflict.

These terms control the relationship between xpXtend and you. They do not create any third party beneficiary rights.

If you do not comply with these terms, and we don’t take action right away, this doesn’t mean that we are giving up any rights that we may have (such as taking action in the future).

If it turns out that a particular term is not enforceable, this will not affect any other terms.

The laws of Maryland, U.S.A. will apply to any disputes arising out of or relating to these terms or the Services. All claims arising out of or relating to these terms or the Services will be litigated exclusively in the federal or state courts of Worcester County, Maryland, USA, and you and xpXtend consent to personal jurisdiction in those courts.

For information about how to contact xpXtend, please visit Contact Us.

xpXtend About Us

xpXtend LLC is a software development company created to develop xpXtend and to operate the xProtection Network, both of which were created specifically to allow users of Microsoft Corp’s Windows XP operating system to continue to use XP after Microsoft’s official end-of-life date (April 8, 2014 – see https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/enterprise/end-of-support.aspx ).

Each of our principals is an experienced participant in creating PC software, and we have worked together for 25+ years.

Steve Bussmann, co-CEO and Chief Marketing Officer


Steve is a seasoned business professional with over 34 years of management, product development, marketing and sales experience in a variety of disciplines and organizations from privately held start-ups to multi-billion dollar corporations.

Philip Kovilakath, co-CEO and Chief Technology Officer


Philip is an expert CTO and development executive, 30+ years experience following a PhD in Computer Science

Len Smith, co-CEO and Treasurer


Len Smith has four decades of experience in helping people use computers more effectively

xpXtend Contact Us

The information below was updated April 10, 2014.

What is the best way to contact xpXtend?

Please send an email to support@xpXtend.com – we will get back to you as soon as possible.

xpXtend FAQ

The information below was updated April 10, 2014.

What are the XP System Requirements to use xpXtend?

Windows XP with Service Pack 3, all current critical updates and patches from Microsoft via Microsoft Update, with hardware that meets Microsoft’s requirements for Windows XP, plus an internet connection

Will xpXtend work with SSL/HTTPS web sites?

Yes, but with an important exception. A web server (such as your bank) can use Secure Sockets Layer (also known as HTTPS) to encrypt the communication between the computers, to prevent another user from eavesdropping on your web session. Because this information is encrypted, xpXtend cannot check each message to protect you; if criminals hack your bank’s site, and install malicious software on the bank’s site, xpXtend will not be able to prevent that malware from entering your computer. However, this is not unique to xpXtend or to Windows XP -- any PC (using any operating system) will be vulnerable to that bank’s compromised web site. Therefore, it is likely that the malicious software will be reported and repaired quickly. In the meantime, xpXtend will receive updates from us, adding the compromised bank’s website to our blacklist, to help keep you from visiting the compromised site.

Are there other best practices that I should follow to help protect my Windows XP system?

Yes, we maintain a list of recommended tools and methods to help keep your system safe. In addition, an installation of XPXtend will allow a user to override xpXtend’s protective services, and any user with Administrator privileges can uninstall xpXtend at any time. Therefore, any inexperienced or unsophisticated computer user will need training, supervision or monitoring to realize the benefits of xpXtend.

xpXtend Contact Us

For Immediate Release

Ocean Pines, MD, April 14, 2014

Windows XP users get a new tool to protect themselves online

Although Microsoft has discontinued support and security updates for Windows XP, millions of users continue to rely on the 12-year-old operating system. Today, xpXtend LLC announced a new solution to help XP users to safely use the internet.

Designed for easy setup and operation, the xpXtend system can help home and small-business users with XP-based systems to browse the web, use email and download files with confidence, even in the wake of Microsoft’s final batch of XP security updates released last week. xpXtend launched a Kickstarter campaign today to raise development funds to complete the new solution.

The new approach combines new communications software on the user’s PC with a new secure private network (called the XProtection Network) to ensure that XP users stay secure online. The new xpXtend software monitors all network activity, and directs both incoming and outgoing traffic through the XProtection Network.

XProtection Network Diagram
XProtection Network Diagram

In turn, the XProtection Network maintains directories of known internet locations – both safe sites and unsafe ones – and ensures that users stay away from risky places. This protects the user from accidentally encountering malicious software which can damage the user’s system or data. xpXtend also allows each user to easily add their own personal favorite sites to the XProtection Network; for example, the user can add their friends/family personal pages, or the web site of their employer. The company also provides regular updates as new risks or problem internet sites are uncovered.

To join the fundraising campaign – and secure your discounted purchase price for xpXtend – visit https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1837340794/xpxtend . Following the Kickstarter campaign, xpXtend will be available to all XP users in July.

For more information visit www.xpXtend.com or email info@xpXtend.com.