viking777 wrote: My guess is that the dangers would be fairly minimal. However, if a year down the line somebody manages to empty your online bank account...
viking777 wrote:somebody manages to empty your online bank account
If things are working fine and you're happy with your current system, then you don't need to upgrade.
A new version of Linux Mint is released every 6 months. It usually comes with new features and improvements but there's nothing wrong with sticking with the release you already have. In fact, you could skip many releases and stick with the version that works for you.
Each release receives bug fixes and security updates for about 18 months (or 3 years in the case of "Long Term Support" releases such as Linux Mint 5 or Linux Mint 9). The development team is also focused on the latest release. If bug fixes and security updates are important to you, you should regularly upgrade to the latest releases, otherwise there's nothing wrong with keeping things as they are.
As a general rule... unless you need to, or unless you really want to, there's no reason for you to upgrade.
Viking777 can you tell us which bank explicitly requires antivirus? I would like to look through their terms of service.
This is what concerns me most.
Your Security Duties
Keep your personal computer secure by using anti-virus and anti-spyware software and a personal firewall
You will be responsible for all losses if you intentionally or with gross negligence fail to use the service in accordance with the terms.
rob1408 wrote:Time to stop living in the past I suppose, Mint 11 was one hell of a release though.
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