- Aug 25, 2020
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An hypothetical question..what would you do or use if microsoft pulled out of the operating system market?.
The answer is a resounding "NO"!, any hacker worth their salt will hack your system in record time if you don't have security or system updates!. You could continue to use it but don't keep any private files or do online banking.Would it be safe to keep using windows with no updates though?
Conditionally, the answer is Yes. The Condition is that the computer whether Wired or Wireless never, ever, connects to anything other than a printer, no Internet, no E-Mail, no nothing outside the building it's in. Any programs to be used or updates necessary for use have to downloaded from somewhere else and sneaker-netted to that computer.Would it be safe to keep using windows with no updates though?
I would bet a $ that if Windows just stopped being supported that the AV companies would continue to support and upgrade their products on it for years. I am thinking of the case where Win 10 21h1 was it. No more updates. I wouldn't be surprised if an AV company bought the rights to update defender for instance.I forgot to mention that I would use Linux as there are constant updates for the many variants of it and it is 99% free (there are business models and some special apps that cost a bit). In real terms, it is 100% free unless you use a business model!.
What @Tim Locke said about an AV app would work, assuming an out of date version of Windows is supported by it!.
If MS truly gave up on Windows they might just do that. I am sure there are some stats somewhere about the relative weaknesses of Xp and W10.It's more than just the AV that needs to be updated. Without anyone patching the security holes in the OS, it would become very dangerous to use, regardless of how good the anti virus is. XP is a good example. There are still AV companies that support it, but the OS itself has many security issues. Microsoft would have to open up the source code for it to be properly patched.
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