We know that Windows XPocalypse or Windows XP, no more gets Microsoft’s official support. After legendary years of run, on April 8, 2014, Microsoft withdrew its support for security patches for Win XP. It’s true that without Microsofts official support, WinXP PCs have become the soft targets of malicious threats. If you are still an XP user, then this article highlights what you can do to keep your PC secure.
However, the best prevention is to move on to the latest Windows version by upgrading to it. A Windows OS without Microsoft support is very risky to use. But till you upgrade, these are the few things you can do.
Choose the right browser
If you are a Microsofts Internet Explorer (IE) user, then it’s the high time to let it go if you dont want to compromise on your PC security. Internet Explorer 10, the most recent version, doesn’t support XP. The Internet Explorer 8, which supports XP is already generations old and thus receive no security patches. But Google Chrome will support Win XP till April 2015. Mozilla Firefox has not finalized a final date to end its support.
Thus, currently the safest browser for your XP PC is Chrome or Firefox, because even beyond the systems official death, Google and Mozilla are supporting Chrome and Firefox on Win XP. That will let you have better Internet security, but not Internet Explorer.
Chose your Antivirus program wisely
When it comes to PC security, antivirus programs play a very crucial role. Likewise, some antivirus programs have withdrawn support while some are still supporting Win XP. Microsoft Security Essentials will render XP PC security support till July 14, 2015. Antivirus-testing companies undertook a survey asking 30 different antivirus companies to reveal their plans for XP support and all of them have committed to rendering Win XP support at least till April 8, 2015. Most of them will provide the PC security support against malwares even till 2016.
Thus, make sure that you use an AV program with active support for Win XP, otherwise, even with an antivirus installed, your PC will not receive any security.
Switch to the full version of Outlook
If you are using the now-defunct Outlook Express, then it’s time to switch to the full version of Outlook. However, Mozilla has continued its support for Thunderbird and hence will cover its security patches, as well. With the end of XP, Microsoft has even stopped supporting Office 2003 from April 8, 2014. Thus, if you are yet using Office 2003, it is time for a quick update to a newer version of Microsoft Office.
Remove insecure software
For the complete PC security support in an XP enabled PC, you need to get rid of insecure software. The Java browser plug-in is greatly prone to exploits on any operating system. Thus, until and unless you need Java for a distinct purpose, you must uninstall it. If using Java Plug-ins often gets mandatory for you, then keep browser plug-in disabled and up-to-date, while not in use.
Other browser plug-ins are also commonly targeted by intruders. Adobe Reader Adobe Flash is especially critical, so keep them up-to-date. Modern versions of the software get updated automatically, but older versions don’t even look for updates. Thereby, if your systems have applications that you dont need anymore, you should reasonably uninstall them.
Let’s imagine that you are still using Windows XP despite its security risk factors because you need to run some significant business application on it. You might need XP to interface with hardware that is not compatible with newer versions of Windows. So, whatever be the reason, while you work on Win XP, try to remain disconnected from the Internet network.
Not using the Internet might be a difficult option as we all need the network, at least local network connection, for our work. Remaining disconnected from the Internet is the fool-proof way to keep your Windows XP computer secure.
By using the above mentioned tips and tricks, you can stay protected even when your XP run PC is not getting any official support from Microsoft. You should contact online tech support helpdesk if you still face issues related to your OS.