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View Poll Results: What Will You Do When Support For Windows XP Ends on April 8th?
I'll take my chances - I'm staying with XP 30 26.55%
Change is good - I'm going with Win 8. I want my desktop to look like a phone 0 0%
Change is required (but I long for the past) - I'm going with Win 8, but going to use Classic Shell to make my desktop look like Win XP or Win 7 3 2.65%
I've already upgraded to Win 7 or 8 55 48.67%
I don't to Windows 14 12.39%
Other 11 9.73%
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Old 03-31-2014, 06:30 PM   #81
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Originally Posted by rbmrtn View Post
As long as you are behind a firewall, don't run with administrator rights, it's no big deal.
That's not the case. In order for it to be "no big deal" you need to also disconnect the computer from the Internet permanently.

The very first month that Microsoft releases security updates for supported versions of Windows, attackers will reverse engineer those updates, find the vulnerabilities and test Windows XP to see if it shares those vulnerabilities. If it does, attackers will attempt to develop exploit code that can take advantage of those vulnerabilities on Windows XP. Since a security update will never become available for Windows XP to address these vulnerabilities, Windows XP will essentially have a “zero day” vulnerability forever. How often could this scenario occur? Between July 2012 and July 2013 Windows XP was an affected product in 45 Microsoft security bulletins, of which 30 also affected Windows 7 and Windows 8.
The Risk of Running Windows XP After Support Ends April 2014 - Microsoft Security Blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

So two out of every three security patches for Windows 7 will provide the means for creating zero day exploits of Windows XP.

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Old 03-31-2014, 06:43 PM   #82
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At the very least, XP users should make sure their security software is updated. And it would not hurt to run Gibson's Shields Up test.

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