Archives for May 2014

Blinders

I have been listening to a lot of folks that think the security warning about continuing Windows XP is just BS.

I do understand there are many folks that cannot afford a new computer or even the cost of upgrading Windows XP to a newer version of Windows. They are forced to keep using Windows XP for financial reasons or a lack of technical skills to go to Linux. (It isn’t really hard.) I fear for their safety in the future, especially if they use those XP machines for anything financial. Even if they aren’t using them for any monetary reasons, they may still provide enough information for identity thieves to make out like the bandits they are.

There are also a great many Windows XP users that just don’t get it. They fear change or perhaps just think it is all a ploy by Microsoft to get them to spend more money ‘to make Bill Gates richer’.

These folks are wearing blinders to the dangers that come from using an old unpatched system that is just loaded with security holes. The some of the biggest of these holes could be  the old Internet Explorer and the much beloved Outlook Express that came with Windows XP.

The venerable OS does not have the latest security tools introduced with Windows Vista, like User Access Control (UAC), Data Execution Prevention (DEP) and Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR).

Windows XP was a great Operating System (OS) and is still being used by millions of users world wide. But now it is a dangerous OS unless it is used offline.

When old computers fail (and they will fail, only a matter of time),  a fresh install of Windows XP will not be able to get any of the thousands of updates as the update service for Windows XP is now turned off.  This would make Windows XP even more vulnerable.

If you just can’t afford a new computer or an upgrade to a new computer, you can learn a new OS, Linux.  Why XP Users Should Consider Zorin OS!

See the tour for Zorin and what to expect.

You could go from this:

To this!

I think I will do it as well and dual boot it with Window 7. Think about it seriously, best of all, it’s free!