Microsoft's SP2 won't cure all security ills.

PositionSecurity News and Products - Brief Article

In the escalating cybersecurity war, Windows XP Service Pack 2, or SP2, represents a small advance for the good guys. Microsoft issued its most security-focused software update Aug. 6. Experts recommend using it to enable a basic firewall and to access free Microsoft security patches. But SP2 might never reach many of the 210 million Windows XP machines already in use, because PC users usually ignore service packs. SP2 does not apply for users of hundreds of millions of PCs running Windows 95, 98, NT, Me and 2000. Microsoft's advice to users of old versions of Windows: Buy a Windows XP machine with SP2 installed. SP2 is notable for something else it lacks: anti-virus...

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