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NEW YORK — Microsoft will end support for the persistently popular Windows XP on Tuesday, and the move could put everything from the operations of heavy industry to the identities of everyday people in danger. An estimated 30 percent of computers being used by businesses and consumers around the world are still running the 12-year-old operating system. "What once was considered low-hanging fruit by hackers now has a big neon bull's eye on it," says ...

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April 8, 2014
3:03 p.m.

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Go with Linux (Will work on your existing computer) or Mac, when possible. Don't be afraid to learn a superior system. XP works, so they do away with it so you will buy a new Windows computer. Lets make Mr Gates and Micro$oft richer!!

April 9, 2014
12:43 a.m.

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@jackorgel, so you're new to computers?
This tired OS evangelism has been around since before Windows95 and the popularity of the internet took off. Kind of funny hearing it again on the day we hear about the OpenSSL "Heartbleed" problem (see: CERT VU#720951). A bit obscure, but a couple searches while at the CERT site will easily demonstrate how secure the Mac or the *NIX worlds are, not much better. Just because your car doesn't have a hood over the engine doesn't make it better than mine.
Microsoft is absolutely not absolved from incompetence or malfeasance, or worse (looking at you, NSA) and there are other ways to protest their standing than to confuse people with a p!ssing contest over corporatism. Linux for my 84 yo father, and 10s of millions like him, remains a hobby OS he can't hope to function in, and no corporation smells of corporatism worse than Apple.
Patch your Windows and other software regularly. A free product like Secunia's Personal Software Inspector (PSI) is a great tool to maintain all your software. No ads, completely free and lots of backdoors closed.
Get some antivirus. The above mentioned MalwareBytes is another great product, and comes in a nearly fully functioning free version. Now lot's of front doors closed.
Lastly don't trust anything that comes in your email inbox and don't do stupid things on the internet.