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Old 08-23-2016, 03:09 PM
 
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At this point I think I'm going to push the computer as far as I can. I hate that it's this slow, but I just paid $300 for a car repair, and I need clothes, shoes, glasses, and some other things that should probably take priority. I'm not too worried about downloading movies and TV shows at this point because the site I'm on has some really super people doing their best to make sure the movies and stuff are virus free. I've been on that site for about 5 years now, and I have yet to download a virus. And at this point getting a nasty virus on the computer would sort of be like winning the lottery when you're 99 years old. At that point, who cares?
It depends on if you have anything particularly sensitive on there. Do you log into bank accounts? Do you have an amazon account? Online shopping of any type?
All of these things can be compromised if someone can get a process running on your machine.

And to everyone else... Yes, we absolutely know Windows XP is unsafe. Download Metasploit point it at a Windows XP machine and enjoy breaking in within 10 minutes.
Also, you can see a list of registered vulnerabilities here: https://www.cvedetails.com/vulnerabi...indows-Xp.html

I would strongly recommend not even connecting a Windows XP computer to the internet.
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Old 08-23-2016, 03:38 PM
 
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It depends on if you have anything particularly sensitive on there. Do you log into bank accounts? Do you have an amazon account? Online shopping of any type?
All of these things can be compromised if someone can get a process running on your machine.

And to everyone else... Yes, we absolutely know Windows XP is unsafe. Download Metasploit point it at a Windows XP machine and enjoy breaking in within 10 minutes.
Also, you can see a list of registered vulnerabilities here: https://www.cvedetails.com/vulnerabi...indows-Xp.html

I would strongly recommend not even connecting a Windows XP computer to the internet.
The only thing I do on the XP is wander around C-D. I don't trust it at all. Its CD drive died, last week the speakers died . . . why do I even fire it up at all??!! Habit, I guess. I think today is its last day. Off to unplug it forever right now. I'm convinced!
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Old 08-23-2016, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Washington state
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I suppose a hacker could break into all my accounts, but unless they just want to mess everything up, there's no financial reward for doing so. I have no bank account and my pay-as-you-go card rarely has more than $5, if that much, and that's what I use to shop online with. When you're in my financial situation, having an old computer is like having to live in the cheap area of town. You know anyone can break into your house while you're gone, but what can you do about it if you can't afford to move somewhere safer or put in security alarms? It's the way life is for a lot of us.
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