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Using PC with Windows XP OS


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#1 Julie 1960

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Posted 12 March 2016 - 03:54 PM

Hi!  Can someone please tell me if it would be safe to use a PC with XP for posting listings on eBay?  My regular PC is in the shop, and this is a free listing weekend.  I just don't want to take chances of having the PC hacked into or get a virus, etc. by using this old PC to list.  Any advice is appreciated.  TY!



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Posted 12 March 2016 - 04:23 PM

To put it simply, Windows XP isn't safe anymore if you use it while being connected to the Internet, period. As long as you stay offline, and don't plug anything from the exterior (like USB Flash Drives) on it, it'll be good. Otherwise, as soon as you get online, your system is at risk of being infected and targetted by advanced attacks.

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Posted 12 March 2016 - 06:00 PM

To put it simply, Windows XP isn't safe anymore if you use it while being connected to the Internet, period. As long as you stay offline, and don't plug anything from the exterior (like USB Flash Drives) on it, it'll be good. Otherwise, as soon as you get online, your system is at risk of being infected and targetted by advanced attacks.

Thank you Aura for replying.  That's what I was afraid of...  I tried making an LXLE OS DVD.  I was using it "live", but there are some bugs with it, and I'm not that tech savvy to figure everything out.  I'd like to install it to have dual drives, but from what I've read online, I need to do a bunch of back-up and clean up, etc on the XP OS first.  Again, I'm not that savvy, plus, it's going to take more time than I'm willing to put in this weekend.  TY again.. enjoy your weekend.



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Posted 14 March 2016 - 06:50 AM

No problem Julie, you're welcome :) And you could use Tails OS instead.

https://tails.boum.org/

Lightweight bootable Linux distro focussed on privacy and anonymity.

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