Greetings again Computer Fans!
If you haven’t heard yet, April 8th will be a sad day for the millions of Windows XP and Office 2003 users.
Because Microsoft terminates support for those platforms on that date, yet all is not lost.
If your computer still meets your computing needs, our recommendation is to NOT rush out to buy a new just yet. Yet you need to understand the risks involved in keeping XP and the things you need to do to protect yourself.
As part of Microsoft terminating support for XP & Office 2003, they will no longer provide fixes for any security issues. This will give hackers free reign on any newly found holes is the operating system or programs. Yikes!!!
So what is a person to do?
The first step will be painful for many, but Outlook Express needs to go. I recommend Mozilla Thunderbird, or if you have to have a Microsoft email client, use Outlook that is provided in Office, (just NOT Office 2003.)
Also Avast Antivirus (free version, is available from the downloads area of www.cnet.com ) will be supported at least another year and the same goes for Malwarebytes (free version, also available at the cnet site.) LibreOffice is a good free replacement for Microsoft Office regardless of which operating system you use. It can be downloaded at ( https://www.libreoffice.org/
download/libreoffice-fresh/ ) Java is a serious problem and should be removed if you don’t use it. If you do use Java ensure that the browser plug-ins are disabled and keep the main program up to date. Adobe Flash and Adobe Reader need to be set for automatic updates to reduce their security risks.
Lastly lets look at Secunia PSI is system security program. Use the link to view a short video on what this program can do for you. ( http://secunia.com/
vulnerability_scanning/ personal/ )
And don’t forget, I don’t just give advice in these NN News columns, so if you have questions or concerns please free to email me at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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