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Help XP - still safe to run at home?

Our old home PC runs XP & we've had messages to say we lose updates & support very soon.

It's only really used to run our Accounts package (Quicken) so is it still viable as a home PC

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I reckon it will be OK for a while. As long as you have an anti virus that keeps providing updates. Eventually someone will find a back door and Microsoft won't fix it.

Software companies will also slowly stop supporting it but you should get another year or so out it. IMHO!
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Provided Quicken is ALL you use it for and you NEVER connect it to the internet then you'll be fine.

You won't pick up anything if you don't connect it to any network or even transfer files on a memory stick, disk etc.

ANY connection could and given enough time probably WILL cause you problems
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As long as you are behind a hardware firewall you are fine, from a hacking POV most routers come with them these days. Make sure your main account is not an administrator, if you only have one account create another, make that admin and make yours a standard account. Biggest threat is from drive by infections on the web, use opendns or google dns and that should keep you pretty safe from that sort of thing along with a browser that supports mcafee siteadvisor which can help steer you clear of internet nasties.

Really most of it is common sense and only downloading things from verifiable sources. Backup your Quicken often. If all that's not for you, get a new comp, upgrade to Windows 8.1 (wait a few months til they bring back the start menu) then virtualise your old laptop and run quicken under desktop virtualisation on your new laptop which is easier than you'd think using freely available tools from companies like vmware.

http://www.vmware.com/uk/products/player << free for personal use.

If thats too much hassle ditch quicken for something newer that works on supported OS.

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As long as you are behind a hardware firewall you are fine
Sorry but a firewall will make absolutely no difference to a browser based attack.

I'm assuming you run Quicken for a small business and in those circumstances I wouldn't want to bet my business on the risk. The only safe way is isolation from any network.
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We run quicken for home finance. Every transaction since 1997

Quicken no longer operate in the UK If there was a viable alternative to it we'd have it & move to our newer net book.

Anyone know of a viable home accounts package?

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It will self destruct tomorrow as MS have ceased support!
Of course it's OK to carry on using as long as you are sensible. I'd check that you a) have a good regular backup of your Quicken data and b) that the version of Quicken you use will run on W7 or W8 for when the time comes.
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Anyone know of a viable home accounts package?
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We run quicken for home finance. Every transaction since 1997

Quicken no longer operate in the UK If there was a viable alternative to it we'd have it & move to our newer net book.

Anyone know of a viable home accounts package?

Cheers,

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I was in the same position with MS Money and found it difficult to find a replacement. I tried to export my stuff but ended up just settling for starting again.

I eventually went one for one called Moneydance. It's okay (not as good as Money though) and has the advantage of using a cloud to sync data to my iPad and iPhone so I have all my account balances with me all the time and then more detailed stuff like stocks and shares is on the PC.
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Sorry but a firewall will make absolutely no difference to a browser based attack
I never said it would, i said from a hacking pov, drive by malware was addressed as a separate thing.
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