What should my mom do with her Windows XP machine?

Episode 1068 (2:00:38)

Suzanne from Huntington Beach, CA
Windows XP

Suzanne's mother has a Windows XP machine and she's wondering what she should do after April 8. Leo says that Microsoft ending life of support for XP really isn't as terrible as it was first believed. If she practices safe computing, her mother should be ok. Here are a few things she can do to protect herself on Windows XP:

1. Stop using XP as an administrator. Use it as a limited user instead. She should add an account as an administrator and then demote her existing account to limited user. This will stop over 90% of all the exploits out there.
2. Stop using Internet Explorer. Go with Google Chrome. It's free and far more secure.
3. Don't click on links in email.
4. Only get your software from original vendors.
5. Keep antivirus software up to date.

If she does these five things, she'll be fine moving forward after April 8th.