cloud printing to a standard printer connected to XP pc

Jack McCarron

To print from google cloud print to a standard (non-cloud) printer the printer must be connected to a computer with a wifi connection that runs google chrome.  My printer is connected to a pc with the XP OS which became unsupported today.  If I boot that pc to my wifi to print but don't connect to the internet am I at risk of an XP security breach?

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I think the risk would be minimal. Yes, the XP machine is still on your network, so there could be a risk, but if you are not connecting to the internet that removes the most likely attack vector. However, it is connected to your network so there is still some risk. Make sure to keep the XP machine behind a hardware firewall (NAT router). Also, follow standard advice such as make sure you got all the latest updates and make sure you have updated antivirus software. Remove administrative rights on the XP machine. You could also configure Windows so that you only connect to the network manually when you need to do so. I don’t think that requires admin rights on XP, could be wrong about that, though.

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I'd consider switching to Linux. Windows XP's days are over, it really shouldn't be used at this point if you can avoid it.

Linux Mint is a good alternative:

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