Will PC Security Problems turn unsecured computers into throwaway/disposable PCs?

Will PC Security Problems turn unsecured computers into throwaway/disposable PCs?

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  1. froggyboy604

    froggyboy604 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    If your computer's CPU, motherboard, and Windows OS have huge security problems which the maker of your computer, Windows, and computer hardware company won't fix, it is a good idea to not use the computer, so you wont get hacked by a hacker or virus which uses the unfixed security problem on your unfixed PC to hack your computer.

    I think some banks, stores, schools, and security concerned PC users may get rid of their unsecure computers if it has a very bad security problem like Intel's Spectre and Meltdown CPU security problem which Intel won't release a fix for older CPUs like the Pentium 4. Microsoft also won't release a patch for Spectre and Meltdown for Windows Vista, XP and older operating systems.

    Some CPU which get the Spectre and Meltdown patch may become slower making the CPU unusable for some more demanding users who are heavy CPU users. Some patches for Intel CPU security problem have broken a PC because Intel and Microsoft released a defective patch to users. I think users with a slow CPU caused by the Spectre and Meltdown patches may need to upgrade to a faster CPU, and motherboard if the new CPU is not compatible with the old motherboard.

    Users may have a harder time selling their old computers if the computers has a non-secure CPU and other un-secure parts and Operating system which won't get patched of security problems like Intel Spectre and Meltdown problems. The most likely thing to do with a less secure computer is to recycle it, or use it for a less important task like playing offline games, listening to music and watching video files rather than using it for online banking, school, and storing important files which you don't want hackers to steal.
     
  2. Demon_Skeith

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    If you don't mind not having a high end pc, then they are throwaways.
     
  3. froggyboy604

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    One of the good things about High end desktop computer is that you can remove the case, video card, disc drive and hard drive, and reuse them in a new PC build with a AMD CPU and motherboard which is not affected by Intel's Meltdown and Spectre security problems.

    I think for laptops, tablets, and some all-in-one PC, they are throwaway. It is harder to replace the motherboard and CPU with a similar size AMD CPU and motherboard which will fit in an Intel based laptop, laptops, tablets and some All-In-One PC with a major CPU security vulnerability which may still be unsafe to use for computers like ATM cash machines, credit card readers, and government computers.

    The CPU is also the most expensive piece of hardware on most cheap and average computers where most of the computers cost come from the CPU.

    Buying a new computer which is not affected by Meltdown and Spectre, and sell or recycle an old computer with an insecure Intel CPU is a safer way to stay safe on their PC, and easier for most users to do rather than installing Windows Intel patches, and Intel firmware to try to secure an Intel CPU without causing more problems like unwanted slowdown problems, and rebooting problems on some Intel CPUs after the patches are installed.
     
  4. Claraviolet

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    I don't think so. As long as privacy is compromised in the most possible way, I don't think anything would make a user to throw it away
     
  5. froggyboy604

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    Some people already threw away older Windows XP and Vista computers because they are too risky to use for tasks like online taxes, banking, e-mail, etc where if you get hacked from a Windows XP and Vista security vulnerability, victims can end up spending months to years trying to protect your identity from identity theft, and contacting companies that you been hacked, and need to get your account back.

    An unpatched Windows XP and Vista security problems which lead to a hacking event like a data leak or ransomware can cause a company like a bank, or store to spend a lot on recovering their system from a hack, a lot of embarrassments, and lost of trust from customers.

    It is sometimes cheaper and easier to buy a basic Windows 7 or 10 computer rather than hiring many computer tech workers to update their older computers to Windows 7 or 10. Many of the older Windows XP and Vista computers are too slow to run Windows 10 at a decent speed, or the hardware like hard drive maybe failing soon, so buying a new computer is a better idea.
     

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