5 tips for running Windows XP relatively safely

Microsoft no longer supports Windows XP, an OS still used by approximately 20-25% of Windows customers. That means one in four PC users must upgrade to a more secure, supported version of Windows or risk their un-updated, un-patched version of Windows XP catching a virus or other Internet bug. As a rule of thumb, we always recommend upgrading your OS and then updating it as often as possible to protect your system. If you’re switching to a new OS, read how to migrate easily from Windows XP. However, if you’re a die-hard who wants to keep a Windows XP machine, here are five tips for keeping it running as safely and smoothly as possible until you upgrade.

1. Use updated browsers — no more Internet Explorer

The latest version of Internet Explorer for Windows XP is IE 8, an incredibly outdated browser. For security, it’s better to use third-party browsers like Chrome, Firefox, or Opera. All have promised to continue Windows XP support for at least another year.

While you’re installing a better browser, turn up your browser security. Add-ons and extensions that disable JavaScript can prevent websites from running malicious scripts. … [Read more]

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