How to Keep Windows XP SP2 Safer After Microsoft Stops Patching

Monday Jul 12th 2010 by Staff

Tomorrow, Microsoft releases its last security updates for Windows XP SP2.

PCWorld: Although it's six years old, many people still run Windows XP service pack 2 (SP2). Tomorrow, Microsoft releases the last security patch for the operating system, meaning that if you continue to run SP2 after tomorrow, you face a greater risk. The easiest solution is to upgrade to SP3, but if you're committed to sticking with SP2, here's what you can do to help protect your system:

  • Stop using Internet Explorer.
  • Update your third-party software, especially browser plug-ins.
  • Install anti-virus software.
  • Use a firewall.
  • Don't visit disreputable sites or open suspicious e-mail or attachments.
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