XP become more secure as Vista becames adopted?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by arcobb, Feb 2, 2007.

  1. arcobb macrumors regular

    Feb 3, 2005
    Just a random thought. Will XP become more secure as time rolls on because Vista becames more adopted and hackers turn their attention to Vista? Just curious on everyones thoughts. Thanks!
  2. monke macrumors 65816


    May 30, 2005
    Not really. XP will always be vulnerable, and with the price and requirements of Vista, most people won't get it for a while yet.
  3. timswim78 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 8, 2006
    Baltimore, MD
    Considering that almost all new computers ship with Vista, quite a few people will be getting it.

    With regards to the OP's post, I think that XP became pretty secure when Service Pack 2 got installed. If you do the three things that it bugs you about, then you should be pretty good to go:
    1. Turn on automatic updates
    2. Install and update antivirus
    3. Turn on firewall

    Of course, upgrading to a safer browser, such as Firefox, Opera, or IE7 also helps your security. Also, practicing safe computing is important (e.g. don't download files from unknown sources and don't install every crappy piece of software that you come across online).

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