Using a Win XP SP3 pc after April's security update termination


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ECLiPSE 2002

I am replacing my Win XP SP3 with a new Win 7 pc. I use Cocast as an
ISP and connect to the internet via a Netgeat router.

Here is my question:
I am aware that after April 2014 Microsoft will no longer issue
security updates and the Win XP pc will be vulnerable to hackers or
scripting.

If I continue to use the Win XP pc and keep it connected to the
internet (in the basement) and it gets hacked or otherwise compromised
will this in any way create a risk for the new Win 7 pc which will
also be connected to the internet via the Netgear router?

Or should I just use the Win XP for non internet connected activities?

Any assistance would be appreciated,

Mary
 
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philo 

I am replacing my Win XP SP3 with a new Win 7 pc. I use Cocast as an
ISP and connect to the internet via a Netgeat router.

Here is my question:
I am aware that after April 2014 Microsoft will no longer issue
security updates and the Win XP pc will be vulnerable to hackers or
scripting.

If I continue to use the Win XP pc and keep it connected to the
internet (in the basement) and it gets hacked or otherwise compromised
will this in any way create a risk for the new Win 7 pc which will
also be connected to the internet via the Netgear router?

Or should I just use the Win XP for non internet connected activities?

Any assistance would be appreciated,

Mary


If the two machines are on the same network, should the XP machine get
compromised it could possibly affect your other machine.

OTOH: Just because XP itself may not get any more updates,
your browser (other than IE) will still get updates as well as your
virus checker and malware checker so your risk may not be fairly minimal.


I just had an XP machine in my shop that had been used on-line for years
without having any updates past sp3 and it was totally free of any malware.
 
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JJ

I just had an XP machine in my shop that had been used on-line for years
without having any updates past sp3 and it was totally free of any malware.
Most malwares nowadays target the users rather than the system, since most
PC nowadays are Windows 7, which is quite secure. Malware authors knows that
the only "security hole" is the users with lesser computer knowledge.

I'm kind of thankful for Windows Vista and newer versions, even though I
don't use it.
 
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philo 

Most malwares nowadays target the users rather than the system, since most
PC nowadays are Windows 7, which is quite secure. Malware authors knows that
the only "security hole" is the users with lesser computer knowledge.

I'm kind of thankful for Windows Vista and newer versions, even though I
don't use it.


A very large part of security is just plain common sense.
 
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Tecknomage

Q> On Fri, 06 Dec 2013 09:37:03 -0600, philo  wrote:
Q> > I just had an XP machine in my shop that had been used on-line for years
Q> > without having any updates past sp3 and it was totally free of any malware.
Q>
Q> Most malwares nowadays target the users rather than the system, since most
Q> PC nowadays are Windows 7,

Not true. Win7 does have a bigger *market share* than WinXP. But
that's a DUH statement since MS is no longer publishing WinXP.

The "most PC nowadays are Windows 7" is incorrect because it does not
include ALL Windows PCs world wide. It is based on NEW Windows PCs
being sold.

The truth no everyone world wide can afford to buy a new PC or Win7.
There are many more legacy PCs running WinXp, than the pundits will
admit, in the world.

Then there are many of us who just don't like the new bloated versions
of Windows.




Q> which is quite secure. Malware authors knows that
Q> the only "security hole" is the users with lesser computer knowledge.
Q>
Q> I'm kind of thankful for Windows Vista and newer versions, even though I
Q> don't use it.
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=========== Tecknomage ===========
Computer Systems Specialist
IT Technician
(retired)
San Diego, CA
 
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philo 

Thanks Philo and JJ for the response and comments.

Mary


OK...

I have one XP installation that I expect to be keeping for many more years.
 

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