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#1 oldxp

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Posted 13 February 2014 - 02:38 PM

Just wondered if someone could help me with a question:  Does reinstalling the operating system prevent hackers from gaining access to passwords, financial data, etc. that was entered in the past? 
 
I ask because we have an old dell (xp) that we'd like to continue using (this is the one I'd reinstall xp on), if possible, but not to do financial/banking stuff on anymore since support for xp is ending. 
 
We have someone in the family who loves clicking on advertisements/etc., so we'd like to keep him OFF the new computer (8.1).  My understanding is that even if we made a guest account on the new one, he still could load it with malware/etc.
 
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Posted 13 February 2014 - 04:38 PM

Not if they already had access to your system and passwords, and you failed to change them. Do you have reason to believe this system was hacked?

If you are going to reinstall...you should just go ahead and change all passwords...make sure to use strong ones.BTW, if you have not already done so, you may want to read this topic: End Of Support For Windows XP SP3 is April 8, 2014
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Posted 13 February 2014 - 04:42 PM

Hi oldxp,

 

Normally you can physically remove any passwords saved into your browsers manually. A sure fire way of removing the passwords is to reset your browsers. All browser data will be lost though, including favorites and bookmarks.

 

You are totally correct in thinking that a guest account could easily infect a machine with malware. It is not even necessary to do stupid things to get infected. Many legitimate sites get hacked everyday and dish up malware to unsuspecting surfers. Clicking ads increases your chance of getting malware, but this isn't the be all and end all of it. As with earlier versions of XP one could expect that newer attacks on the OS wouldn't even require that you have a browser open to get infected, only that you are on the net. It's something to think about, for many who wish to soldier on using it...



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Posted 13 February 2014 - 05:31 PM

Awesome. That answers my questions. So far we've been lucky to avoid any serious infections, but I'm changing the passwords anyway. Thanks!

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Posted 13 February 2014 - 05:38 PM

You're :welcome: .



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Posted 13 February 2014 - 05:46 PM

You can use an online Password Generator to create a random password:
* PC Tools Password Generator
* Strong Password Generator
* GRC's Ultra High Security Password Generator

Another option is to use a third party Password Manager which can generate random passwords:
* KeePass Password Safe
* Password Safe
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Posted 13 February 2014 - 05:53 PM

That's great advice...

 

Another way of creating strong passwords is to use a phrase that is true to you, then take the first letters for your password... but be creative...

 

ie:

 

I really like to walk on the beach with my dog Rover, on Saturday mornings!

 

translates to;

 

Irl2w0tbwmdR, oSm!

 

Super strong non dictionary password, that you can actually remember. :thumbup2:



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Posted 13 February 2014 - 06:21 PM


One more thing. If you don't want to use a PW Manager, be careful where you store the passwords and do not write down or leave records of them anywhere that you would not leave the information that they are designed to protect. And if you create a document or spreadsheet on your computer...don't name it anything obvious which could indicate the file may be related to stored passwords.
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Posted 13 February 2014 - 06:33 PM

Good stuff! I like those password generators.

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Posted 13 February 2014 - 06:43 PM

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