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setting up security on new laptop

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#1 capeaches


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Posted 04 January 2009 - 04:37 PM

I plan to get a laptop soon & want to know what procedures I should do to make sure I am secure. Like, what to do first, etc. I'm in sales and want to be able to use my laptop in the car without worrying about security.

Also, I've been reading about "go to my pc" for security, but will that work if my laptop is Vista and my home pc is XP?

Thanks for any help.

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Posted 05 January 2009 - 09:59 PM

The first thing you should probably do is install a firewall before you do anything online. Next, I recommend downloading any windows updates and then an antivirus. After this you should be ok. You may want to think about installing spybot just for the real time scanner, but its probably not that necessary. With a good firewall and AV, you will be fine.

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Posted 06 January 2009 - 11:43 AM

Thanks for your reply. So this will cover me for wireless connections? Why do I keep hearing that I need "encryption" to be safe from other people seeing my info?

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Posted 06 January 2009 - 12:29 PM

With a good firewall and AV, you will be fine.

Not true.

You should start off with an anti-virus, and i would suggest you download Avira AntiVir which is available at http://www.free-av.com/en/download/1/avira..._antivirus.html

I would then suggest you use a firewall, and i would recommend Comodo, which is available at http://www.personalfirewall.comodo.com/dow...d_firewall.html

As for anti-spyware/adware/malware i would suggest you download Spyware Terminator, which includes a free real-time shield which is as good as any product you must pay for, and you can integrate ClamAV into the real-time and Scan engine... and its very customizable.
With Malwarebytes anti-malware for a on-demand scanner and you should scan with Avira, ST, and MBAM once every 10 days.

Spyware Terminator : http://dnl.spywareterminator.com/dnl/confi...nator_Setup.exe

Malwarebytes anti-malware : http://www.download.com/Malwarebytes-Anti-...&tag=button

You may also wish to do a monthly scan with an online scanner, and i would recommend NOD32 as it is the second best product of its kind this year... you can find it at http://www.eset.com/onlinescan/ (Internet Explorer ONLY). Ensure you tick the 'Remove found threats' and the 'remove unwanted applications' boxes before starting the scan.

If there's anything I've missed, or any questions then please feel free to contact me :thumbsup:

You can view how to turn on the real-time protection for ST at http://www.spywareterminator.com/support/h...od=HELP_Tips_ST although it is for 2.3 instead of 2.5 of the program.
Please PM me if i have been assisting you and do not reply for 24 hours!

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