How big of a security risk is Office 2003 for my limited personal usage?
March 21, 2014 11:23 AM Subscribe
I am still using Office 2003 for personal use. It meets my limited needs perfectly well, and I want to avoid learning curves and costs associated with alternatives if at all possible.
I understand that Microsoft will no longer be issuing security patches for it soon, so there are potential risks in continuing to use it, but how serious are those risks given my actual pattern of use? And can they be easily mitigated by avoiding various features or behavior?
posted by philipy to Computers & Internet (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Here's pretty much what I still use Office 2003 for:
- I use it send and receive email from multiple accounts, including cloud-based mail like gmail, and mail from addresses at my own domain.
- I have lots of old archived mail that I might possibly need to refer to at some point.
- I'm careful about opening attachments and links, and in any case they don't open in Office applications, but in Firefox, PDF reader etc.
- I use the calendar features, but not to interact with anyone. (Not to schedule meetings for example.) More for planning my time, noting upcoming events etc.
I have plenty of spreadsheets that I personally created over the years, either for work or personal reasons, and some of these I use daily.
I sometimes acquire spreadsheet type data from external sources, but it is pretty much always as a CSV file.
Word 2003 & Powerpoint 2003:
I seldom use these any more, but I have many old documents which I might need to refer to at some time or other, so it's handy to have the ability to work with them occasionally.
So... given all of the above, which parts of my Office usage could be risky? Are there steps to take to keep those risks to an acceptable level?
If you think I need to replace some or all of the applications, what options would you suggest given my needs?