Computer and Internet Safety – Not Just for Writers

The Big Day, April 8, is fast approaching. After April 8, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates for Windows XP. The last Patch Tuesday was March 11. Did you download this Windows update?

If any of your computers still have XP, you might be able to upgrade your Operating System or buy a new computer. This has been discussed on various websites. In case you aren't aware or need additional information, Microsoft, Kim Komando, and Gizmag offer the latest news on their sites.   

However, if you decide to keep XP, Network World has some recommendations from F-Secure.

I have two old computers with XP. One will not be used with the internet. I plan to use this desk top for other things for as long as it lasts. For my laptop, I might attempt to upgrade with the Vista disk I received years ago. At the time, I decided not to install Vista, as I had read so many negative comments about it.

I am shopping around for a new computer with 8 or 8.1, but have yet to make a decision. I also have access to a computer with Windows 7, so this may be my best choice for now.

If you are looking for a cheap computer, Kim Komando has some suggestions. Information on tablets can also be found at Kim’s site.

I hope this post will help you make a decision. Whatever you choose to do, good luck and stay safe!

Debbie A. Byrne has a B.S. in Mass Communication with a minor in History. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and is working on her first children’s book.


Magdalena Ball said...

Fortunately I don't have XP. Probably time for an upgrade as I'm not sure how safe the patches are going to be.

Karen Cioffi said...

Debbie, this is important information for those with XP. I upgraded a while ago, so I'm safe - thank goodness. :)

Anne Duguid Knol said...

I've had no trouble with Vista though it does take up a lot of space on the computer. Nothing's perfect alas and Windows 6 has had bad press over here.

Joan Y. Edwards said...

Dear Debbie,
Thanks for letting us know about the update from March 11th for Windows XP. I have a laptop with it.

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