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Wireless Laptop Security


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#1 judda

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 08:26 AM

Hello Guys,

I want to buy my wife a laptop computer, she is disabled and can't sit at my desktop computer for more than a few minutes, but loves being on the computer, so I decided the time has come to do the right thing and buy her. her own wireless laptop. <s> (she is 65 years young, by the way)

I read about wireless PC's being more prone to attacks from spyware, virus's etc,etc. can anyone point me in the right direction as to what I should do to help keep the spyware and Virus's to a minimum if you know what I mean.

I haven't received the laptop yet so I haven't put it 'On-line' so to speak, is there anything I should do, before setting it up.

Any help would be much appreciated, my daughter will be installing it, as I haven't a clue.

Thank you all.

PS. I have been told I should have informed you as to what my PC is using etc.

I am using Microsoft Windows XP Pro : Version 2002 : Service pack 2 : 1.61 GHz, 512 MB of RAM : AMD Processor unknown :

I do apologise.

Judda

Edited by judda, 16 January 2008 - 08:34 AM.


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Posted 16 January 2008 - 05:03 PM

Hi there,
Well any PC requires protection and I presume that this will have Vista on it? Which is good security-wise but not for performance. Anyway there are a couple of free programs you can use:
Avast! Antivirus Home Edition Full on-access protection, or SUPERantispyware (Windows Vista comes with Windows Defender).
Spybot Search & Destroy (latest version has vista support but its a pretty slow).
Ad-aware
And the MVPS Hosts file (to stop you stumbling across websites that like to give you malware)

Edited by Tomo2, 16 January 2008 - 05:03 PM.

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Posted 17 January 2008 - 12:52 PM

Tomo 2,

Thank you very much for your swift response, I appreciate the information, as well as the links.

It will be good to know my wife will be able to use the laptop in reasonable safety.

Thanks again.

Judda. :thumbsup:




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