Q&A Is it okay to run older versions of softwares in a Windows environment?

sido1545

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Hello guys
The latest VLC version is 2.2.1, but I love 2.0.8 for it 200 per cent volume feature. Can I install it without having to worry? and I'm not only talking about it is just an example
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Hello guys
The latest VLC version is 2.2.1, but I love 2.0.8 for it 200 per cent volume feature. Can I install it without having to worry? and I'm not only talking about it is just an example
Thank you
some might say it's not ok but I will say it's completely ok for such kind of software.

If you like it use it. At the max some remote execution can happen, that also you can block using firewall. Just block both incoming and outgoing connections and you are safe. You should not worry about VLC much since it's a well known and reputed software.
 
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sido1545

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But don't you think that well known and reputed software are targeted by cyber criminals and hackers? I mean popularity comes with a price.
 
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LabZero

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Well, don't be paranoid :)
OK, you should always install the latest versions but the fact that vulnerability will be detected in a software version does not automatically mean they are definitely exploited by a criminal.
Between one version and the other we would be always at risk but you don't seem to want to install VLC 0.7.1...
 

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Hello guys
The latest VLC version is 2.2.1, but I love 2.0.8 for it 200 per cent volume feature. Can I install it without having to worry? and I'm not only talking about it is just an example
Thank you
VLC will go higher than 100% using the mouse scrollwheel.

In general, I think older software is ok, depending on what type it is. Browsers I would want fairly up to date, because they are on the bleeding edge of attacks. Media players are not immune to attacks, but you're probably inherently safer with VLC than WMP, and unless you're downloading media you probably shouldn't be downloading, being a bit behind the curve probably is not going to hurt you.
 

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A good habit is to install and update from latest version but it doesn't mean your at risk if didn't.

Let's be practical, bugs may fix from latest vesion but that's depend on risk of a software category holds.

Don't worry, those vulnerabilities shown are part of possible outcomes if you encounter them but in such ordinary day you have then its optional. *

Many of my software are not up to date except browsers because I'm aware that my risk level is low.
 
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