Security and Privacy Guide
...switch to GNU/Linux, or maybe better yet, Mac OS X (the FreeBSD code it's based on has been carefully reviewed by 20 experts over the years, instead of just one with GNU/Linux) and follow the guidelines in step 5 to secure it.
If you're an experienced GNU/Linux or Unix user, switch to FreeBSD or NetBSD and secure it, or if you're really serious about security, switch to OpenBSD, considered by many security experts to be the most secure operating system, due to continuous and thorough security audits of its code. skip
Here are some helpful BSD, Mac OS and GNU/Linux guides, and some easy-to-use desktop versions of GNU/Linux, some of them free!
DON'T use Windows 95, 98, Me or even XP Home. Use one of the following versions of Windows instead. They can be made sufficiently secure, but the other versions can't. And if that's not bad enough, Microsoft no longer provides security updates for Windows 95, 98 and Me (95: since December 30, 2001 - 98 and Me: since July 11, 2006). Read the following articles to learn more.
Note: There's a catch for using Windows XP Pro and XP MCE (Media Center Edition). Upgrading to XP Pro will most likely require getting a year 2000 or newer computer, if you don't have one already.
And upgrading to the retail version of XP MCE requires buying a Media Center PC. It can't be bought separately. But if you don't need Microsoft's support or the XP MCE manual, and don't want to buy a new computer, you can buy the OEM version of XP MCE by itself.
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