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Kudos0

Protecting a 5 or 6 year old computer from hackers

I just read an article by Geoffrey A. Fowler named "8 tricks to keep hackers from ruining Christmas shopping". He is a Technology columnist based in San Francisco for the Washington Post. In that article he says " if your phone or computer is more than five or six years old, ask Santa for a new one. There is no way to keep an old device secure past a certain point." 

I have been a Norton customer for many more than six years and my PC is more that six years old. I am running the latest software and operating system. If I have my PC protected with Norton's products, why is my old device not protected from all the malware, viruses, and hackers out there? What is the reason an old device is not safe from hackers?

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Re: Protecting a 5 or 6 year old computer from hackers

Hello, 

" if your phone or computer is more than five or six years old, ask Santa for a new one. There is no way to keep an old device secure past a certain point." 

That is nonsense. Or maybe it makes sense from a marketing perspective (sell more!). 

The software is mainly what makes a PC secure. Five or six year old computers can definitely run Windows 10 or 7 which is perfectly fine if the latest updates are installed. Regarding the hardware, there are a few components that can affect security, such as Trusted Platform Module (TPM), but these are mainly used by large companies and not by individuals (for example, latest encryption method in case a device is physically stolen). 

Only smartphones might not be able to get updated to the latest version of their OS and that could cause trouble at some point, but smartphones hardly live that long anyway... 

Hope this helps. 

Kudos0

Re: Protecting a 5 or 6 year old computer from hackers

Indeed. Giving a child non-admin access to a device coupled with parental control practices great places to begin.  Norton Core router and its security suite provide those protections.  If you are on Windows 10 there are built in parental controls within Windows 10. Phones are the largest risk, specifically Android in that, most carriers DO NOT force updates across the board to ALL the devices on their networks. Using wifi privacy, Norton mobile security and/or a VPN will help alleviate a phone being hijacked. Again limiting a child to a guest account on smartphones is also a smart choice.

Cheers

"From DOS to Windows10 what a journey it has been" / MS Certified Professional / Windows 10 Professional x 64 version 1809 / build 17763.529 / N360 Deluxe 22.17.1.50 / Norton Core v.282 on Android 1.98
Kudos0

Re: Protecting a 5 or 6 year old computer from hackers

All: Disregard my last post. I posted in the wrong forums attempting to answer in another thread.

Cheers

"From DOS to Windows10 what a journey it has been" / MS Certified Professional / Windows 10 Professional x 64 version 1809 / build 17763.529 / N360 Deluxe 22.17.1.50 / Norton Core v.282 on Android 1.98

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