2 Replies Latest reply on Dec 21, 2013 10:49 AM by IReallTryhard

    How isolated is the Host?

    IReallTryhard Enthusiast

      Hi All,

       

      Just had to do a full reinstall of win8 after a nasty virus that proved too hard to clean off. No idea where it came from but I would like to use Player to isolate the Host from future similar disasters. My 16 and 17 year old grand-kids use the PC when they come over of a weekend, so there ain't no telling where the nasty came from. :).

       

      I have a Player set up for XP from a past PC that has long since gone to the bone yard. What I am thinking is to use the Player with XP for all web surfing. If I should get another infection to the XP-Guest, how safe will the Host system be?

       

      I can keep a copy of the bare XP Player and if it gets infected then I can copy the clean version back for the Player to use. So, just how insulated would the Host be?

       

      I ask, as I see two VMWare player network items in the "Shared Networks" list of win8.

       

      Thanks

        • 1. Re: How isolated is the Host?
          WoodyZ Guru

          Windows XP support ends April 8th, 2014 and with no further security updates this is not the OS to be surfing the Internet with after that date!   That said, it doesn't matter what OS the Host or Guest is if there is connectivity between them or other systems they might connect to.  All appropriate security measures need to be taken on each system, physical or virtual, to guard against any threat as the only 100% assured way of not getting hit would be to turn the system off and never again turn it on!    Security is analogous to a block of swiss cheese in that there will always be some holes and the best defense aside from having appropriate software installed is not surfing indiscriminately.  How many teenage kids really care what sites they go to?

          • 2. Re: How isolated is the Host?
            IReallTryhard Enthusiast

            Thanks, but I was asking in a more general sense rather than an absolute. As the NSA is showing no software is 100% secure.

             

            I am talking about an acceptable level of risk.

             

            Also, you might note that support for win2000 ended many years back bit there are still some 12% of PCs running it. Maybe not surfing the web, but msoft will still push out serious security updates as they did just recently over that IE zero-day or whatever it was.