i have known for a while that xp support ends on 8th april 2014 but am unsure as to exactly what this will mean. all the sites mention that any "unpatched loopholes" are targets for hackers but i want to know if this means that ypu are vulnerable simply by taking an xp machine online after the 8th april or only if you visit malicious sites. these days i only take the xp computer online to log into gmail and back up documents on google drive and mediafire. would i be at risk simply form connecting or would i have to visit an infected site/those i already use get compromised and i am unlucky enough to visit them before they are repaired. also as a further matter, i keep hearing about how unupdated browsers are vulnerable, are they a security risk just to have as installed programs or must you be using the old browser instead of any up to date ones you have installed for it to become a problem.
i would like these questions answered
Edited by hamluis, 08 February 2014 - 11:10 AM.
Moved from XP to General Security - Hamluis.