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Protect Your Computer..End Is Nigh For Windows XP In 10 Days

Protect Your Computer..End Is Nigh For Windows XP In 10 Days

Postby jpf1030 » Sun Mar 30, 2014 6:33 pm

Howdy Ya'll,

Below you will find some valuable info I've compiled from a couple of reports to enable you to continue operating with Windows XP OS (operating system) as safely as possible, while you are also continuing to seek a better alternative than any Windows OS, especially the new Windows 8, fraught with problems, not to mention being an open back-end gateway to any person, agency, etc. wanting to spy on your computer.

Many of you are still running Window XP operating system, which is probably the best they ever had, so maybe that is why it is going to the bone pile in 10 days as Microsoft ends support of XP on April 8th.

There is much fear about the hacker's, malware, etc., attacks on the millions of computers using XP after April 8th...maybe for good reason in having this fear with all the reports that have been coming forward.

We have installed Linux Mint operating system on some of our computers and love it, especially the price tag, as in free. Even with the later Windows 7, we were so frequently hacked, slowing our computers to a crawl, that in desperation, we found out about Linux Mint. With Windows 7 I was having to reboot several times per day as the computer would get so bogged down. After a few months of using Linux Mint, I've rebooted less the entire time than I was doing daily with Windows 7.

There are many thousands of excellent free programs in Linux which perform like all our Windows Office, Adobe, etc., programs. There's a few exceptions such as the Google Sketch-Up program that we have not found a similar Linux application yet. Since we do ocassionally run into these situations, we had our computer specialist install Linux along with Windows in a dual boot system. We hardly ever boot up the computer in Windows and let it automatically default to Linux any time it starts. The start-up process allows you sufficient time to manually click on Windows if you need to boot up in it, otherwise after about 5-10 seconds it automatically boots up in Linux. This has worked out really slick for us.

Thanks to Exo for his posting at Stage 3 Alpha (http://s3alpha.net/forum/keep-windows-x ... eo-laporte) in which I found the below two articles which could save you a lot of computer grief after April 8th. Also, hopefully the Linux info I've given will be helpful to you as well. Protect your computer and your personal security as much as possible...Get Prepared!!!

Happy Preparedness Trails,

jpf
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http://www.techguylabs.com/blog/keep-wi ... t-deadline
Keep Windows XP Secure After April 8 Support Deadline
April 8 marks the end of Microsoft's support for Windows XP; an operating system that's still very popular and widely used. After that deadline, Windows XP will no longer be patched, but that doesn't mean it can't be used safely. Here are some things you can do to keep Windows XP secure:

Install Windows XP's final update.
Use Windows XP as a "limited user."
By default, user accounts in Windows are "administrator," meaning the user can install programs and make system changes. Downgrading the account will prevent programs that may be malicious from getting access to the system.
Use the Google Chrome browser instead of Internet Explorer.
Chrome is free, and far more secure since it's being kept up to date by Google. Mozilla's Firefox is another alternative.
Make sure all programs are patched and up to date.
If you're using an older version of Microsoft Office, make sure the security settings are set high.
Only download software from original vendors.
Don't download programs from a third party download site; make sure it's from the actual source.
Don't click on links in email.
These links may be deceiving, and malicious links could appear to be coming from someone you know.
Keep antivirus software up to date.
Connect to the internet through a router.
This will act as a hardware firewall, which will protect against attacks.
Disconnect Windows XP from the internet.
If you don't need to be online with your Windows XP computer, then cutting it off from the outside world is highly recommended.

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The below is from: http://www.f-secure.com/static/doc/labs ... 2_2013.pdf
THE END IS NIGH?
Microsoft’s Windows XP operating system reaches its end of its extended support period on April 8th of this year. And after that? No more public system updates. No more public security updates. Users will be on their own. But XP is still a very
popular OS – or at least it is prevalent (see other sections of this report for details).
Elsewhere in this report are detection statistics which highlight two very serious
threats to Windows users: web-based attacks and Java-based attacks. And
Windows XP is particularly an issue because once compromised – it is much more
difficult to repair than its siblings. An ounce of prevention is really worth more
than a cure in the case of XP.
Prediction
: the April 8th “deadline” will be picked up by the mainstream press as a type of “Y2K”
apocalypse waiting to happen. And when nothing happens on April 9th? The press will again
publicly question what all the fuss was about. Meanwhile, in the tech press... reporters will be
patiently waiting for the first critical post-XP vulnerability. When (not if ) a powerful zero-day
exploit makes its way to market – that’s when the real concerns begin and important questions
will be asked. Can XP be trusted?
But all is not lost. Patching XP is not the first line of defense. Or it really shouldn’t be.
Some businesses will continue to use Windows XP throughout 2014, either due to contractual
obligation, or because their customers do so and they need XP to provide support. In those
situations, IT managers have their work cut out for them. Air gapping systems or isolation to
separate networks from critical intellectual property is recommended. Businesses should already
be making moves such as this for “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) users. XP is just another
resource to manage.
Folks that continue to use XP at home can do so with some reasonable amount of safety, for a while
still, but they absolutely need to review their Internet (particularly web browsing) and computing
habits:
1.
Install Windows XP’s final update.
2.
Install an alternative browser or browsers (they’re free!) — don’t rely solely on Internet
Explorer. And don’t use Internet Explorer as the default.
3.
If installed, make sure Microsoft Office is fully patched. Note that older versions of Office will
run things such as Flash by default if embedded in documents. If using an older version of
Office, tighten up the security options. Don’t open documents from sources you don’t trust.
4.
Review the third-party software you’ve installed and uninstall anything that isn’t needed.
If you’re going to keep XP, do a “spring cleaning” and get rid of old software. Because old
software very often equals vulnerable software.
5.
For the third-party software that you keep – consider disabling or uninstalling the browser
plugins. Set the browser to “always ask” what to do about things such as PDF files.
a. Do you need Java installed on your home laptop? Probably not.
b. Advanced browser features include “click to play” options. They’re worth the
extra effort.
6.
Have an up-to-date security product with antivirus and firewall installed.
7.
Keep your XP computer connected to a NAT router, at home, which will act as a hardware
firewall. (Practically speaking, this means you shouldn’t be roaming connecting your laptop to
free Wi-Fi hotspots – keep your computer at home on a trusted network.)
8.
And finally... consider upgrading your OS. If you don’t want Windows 8 – there’s always
Windows 7. The OEM installation is still available from many fine online retailer
Visit SOS General Store for all your
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Re: Protect Your Computer..End Is Nigh For Windows XP In 10

Postby Nanana12 » Thu Feb 23, 2017 4:15 am

enable you to continue operating with Windows XP
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