Solved Security risk when running outdated/unsupported apps?

February 13, 2013 at 01:51:17
Specs: Windows XP SP3
What's the security risk in having old applications in my computer (running Windows XP)? For example I use Paintshop Pro regularly for all my photo work, but it's no longer supported. All the serious stuff like XP, anti-virus, firewall, browsers etc is up to date. Am I at risk?

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#1
February 13, 2013 at 02:12:08
Malware Prevention
http://www.malwarevault.com/prevent...
"There is no magic involved. The majority of malware is installed by the user themselves"

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#2
February 13, 2013 at 03:51:43
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Some individual application can have security considerations (for example very old versions of Microsoft Office were vulnerable to malware transmitted via viruses), but in general this is not the case. I doubt that there is any problem with using an old version of Paintshop Pro. As long as you keep the OS and its core applications updated I don't think there is any need to worry.

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#3
February 13, 2013 at 07:26:49
Hmm I think you should be careful, especially if you're using old applications on your network in your office or at work. Outdated apps can be easy ways for attackers to hack into your network. Here's a better explanation: http://www.rjssmartsecurity.com/How-We-Help/Application-Control/

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#4
February 13, 2013 at 08:14:03
Just a coincidence, I'm sure, and I wouldn't suggest that your post is nasty Spam. But are you, by any chance, related to John Doorn who works for RJS Smart Security?

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#5
February 14, 2013 at 04:35:27
Thanks to all. This is a stand-alone home computer; I'll stick with Paintshop Pro, but I'd better replace an old copy of MS Office 97 with Open Office.

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#6
February 14, 2013 at 06:17:11
"I'd better replace an old copy of MS Office 97 with Open Office"
I use Kingsoft Office Suite Free 2012
http://www.freewarefiles.com/Kingso...
http://www.freewarefiles.com/screen...
http://www.kingsoftstore.com/kingso...

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#7
February 16, 2013 at 03:41:50
Johnw: thanks! I hadn't heard of Kingsoft; first impression is it's less complicated than Open Office, which is OK for a small user like me.

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#8
February 16, 2013 at 03:45:43
"which is OK for a small user like me"
That's how I look at as well Racundra

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