Windows XP Standby status

by ColdWest - 3/24/12 11:31 AM

In Reply to: Answer to pbutler317 by webserf

Webserf suggests sleeping the computer when you leave it. As I understand Windows XP at least, sleep mode is almost a full shut-down, whereas I typically use standby mode which is easier to wake and faster to get me back up online.

Is there a difference in security risk between the two?
If I do not sign out of a program does it remain exposed when I am on standby?

Thanks for your great input.