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Is It Safe To Use Unsupported Programs?


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#1 saint satin stain

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Posted 03 December 2007 - 11:48 AM

Is it safe to use unsupported programs, ones not updated to correct defects in them?

I know that there are some simple apps, like script blockers, which have a limited range to protect, which may not need to be updated, except maybe gui changes for aesthetic reasons.

Port Explorer is apparently not being updated, except once, the new port and domain databases, but this is probably automatic. The program itself does not appear to be maintained and updated, so any exploits in it are not corrected.
The specific question: Is it safe to continue using Port Explorer? I have a license and I like it, but not if it opens my system to danger.

The general principle: Is it safe to use unsupported programs, ones not updated to correct defects in them?

I apologize if this is in the wrong forum.

Mod Edit: Topic moved to more appropriate forum~ TMacK

Edited by TMacK, 03 December 2007 - 12:51 PM.

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Posted 03 December 2007 - 01:43 PM

I suppose this depends on what kind of applications you are questioning. If it is the kind of application that requires updating to function, such as Anti-spyware applications, for example, where new definitions are essential to protect your computer, then when support ceases so should your use.
Other applications (say in this case, a picture editor) that have run the course of possible enhancements and are fully functional are another story. In most cases the bugs from the original release have been worked through, and the GUI has been tweaked as much as was needed; in many cases, these "unsupported" applications are preferable to a Beta Release of a similar application.
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Posted 03 December 2007 - 02:38 PM

You are probably right, about PE too. I just got email from acquaintance at Secunia in which he said that since I check my system there and other similar sites, I would be made aware if there was a problem. I was considering moving to Currports or TCPView, or both.

You know, this forum is like having a wise old uncle, except most of you are young and wise, to give good advice, and most times almost immediately. Thank you jgweed, thank you bleeping....

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Posted 03 December 2007 - 04:47 PM

Young? You obviously haven't read too many profiles :thumbsup:
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Posted 04 December 2007 - 02:57 PM

In my case, it is "out of the mouths of babes" if you look at MY profile, Garmanma.
I think the decision to abandon PE is a good one, St. Satin.

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