Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Windows XP Options Alternatives

XP Options

So, what to do if you're still running Windows XP on your home PC?
On its website, Microsoft suggests two options: upgrade to a newer, supported version of Windows. Or buy a new PC.
WTF?
If you simply must keep using Windows XP,  there are a few things you can do to improve your security:
  • Set up a home firewall to keep out malicious network traffic. I recommend the free edition of ZoneAlarm. And check out your security here.
  • Second, use a web browser that isn't Internet Explorer. I recommend a combination of Maxthon and, for browsing under the radar,  Off-by-One.
  • Third, an antivirus product that is up-to-date and easy to use is helpful if you're often poking around on questionable or XXX sites. You don't really need an AV program. Maybe an anti-spyware program like Malwarebytes...
Are you protected from electronic interlopers? After you've submitted your device for inspection by grc at the link above, google and download the (free) ZoneAlarm personal firewall from Zone Labs. The digital netherworld is a dark place. ZA catches all kinds of s--t BEFORE it hits the fan!

Happy Computing!
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