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Title: OK! Just how "AT RISK" is our belabored old Windows XP 2005 Media Edition?
Post by: Sketch on July 12, 2009, 09:07 AM
 :o
I keep hearing just how at risk...our Windows XP has been lately?
I wonder if Microsoft even gives a ripps...azzzzz and really could care less if they resolve the issue or not?



Title: Re: OK! Just how "AT RISK" is our belabored old Windows XP 2005 Media Edition?
Post by: tpatter on July 12, 2009, 10:24 AM
Of course they care - thats why they want you to update to Windows7  when it comes out!  :)


Title: Re: OK! Just how "AT RISK" is our belabored old Windows XP 2005 Media Edition?
Post by: chilese on July 12, 2009, 10:29 AM
You can buy a Mac and pay too much for it.

or

You can buy a PC and pay for it every day of your life.


Title: Re: OK! Just how "AT RISK" is our belabored old Windows XP 2005 Media Edition?
Post by: fidelio on July 15, 2009, 02:57 AM
the reasons macs are less of a security risk is because no one stores anything on them of consequence. :P

and why are the mods trolling? (http://k53.pbase.com/v3/42/267742/1/45921554.bashhead.gif)


Title: Re: OK! Just how "AT RISK" is our belabored old Windows XP 2005 Media Edition?
Post by: inewham on July 15, 2009, 05:21 AM
You can buy a Mac and pay too much for it.

or

You can buy a PC and pay for it every day of your life.

Or you can get Linux / FreeBSD for free and need never pay for it  :P


Title: Re: OK! Just how "AT RISK" is our belabored old Windows XP 2005 Media Edition?
Post by: Allen Carter on July 15, 2009, 09:57 AM
Three simple things that will mitigate close to 90% of the risk on a Windows system.

1. Turn on Automatic Updates and make sure your system is getting all the latest patches.
2. Use a browser other than Internet Explorer
2. Use common  sense when browsing. (don't click on ads, don't click on links in email, etc., etc.)

Really, if your system is up to date, your exposure is pretty low. Bad things happen to stale systems.



Title: Re: OK! Just how "AT RISK" is our belabored old Windows XP 2005 Media Edition?
Post by: EnergonCube on July 15, 2009, 11:32 AM
the reasons macs are less of a security risk is because no one stores anything on them of consequence.

Well, I'm not sure what that's supposed to mean. I have a mac and I love it. The previous post is quite true: You can pay more for a mac upfront or you can pay for a PC for the rest of your life.

Mac are less prone to security issues because they simply don't have the market share that PCs do. However, staying under a hacker's radar is the worst security plan in the world. I know that if hackers ever decided to turn the full force of their efforts on the OS X platform, it would be pandemonium. At least Microsoft has a regimented timetable of releasing security updates. Mac users get it when we get it. BUT, having said that, when/if Apple decides to turn their full sights on security, you can bet it will put Microsoft to shame.

I'll second that about not using IE. It blows. Whatever browser you decide to use, make sure to download the NoScript plug-in.