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Mother going to use computer. Help us all!

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#1 AlexSmithFanning


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Posted 21 February 2014 - 11:03 PM

I mainly use Opera as a primary browser. My mother knows nothing about computers, so I wan't to make sure my Linux Box is safe from any crap! Should I have to protect myself if I am using Linux? Is WOT (Web Of Trust) and AdBlock fine? If not, then could some people give me some tips on making sure my mom can't do something stupid or clicking on an ad that has a drive by download. AND I WILL NOT SWITCH TO ANOTHER BROWSER, I love Opera, It has done me very well on my slow internet (Opera Turbo).

Edited by AlexSmithFanning, 21 February 2014 - 11:04 PM.

I prefer Linux. Windows 10 is just to invasive for me.

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#2 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 22 February 2014 - 07:20 PM

First of all, set up a user account for her - I presume you can do this in Linux - then she can use any browser she wants  or prefers without affecting your beloved Opera. Also, with her own account, she cannot affect your own data or work and you can restrict her user privileges if you wish to be that protective.


As for as your mother doing something 'stupid' - well, we are all capable of that !  I have no user experience of the software you mention, but if it works for you, just make sure it is kept up to date. In my experience, and I have a fair bit of it, older users tend to be more cautious than younger ones at least in part because they don't entirely trust either computers or the internet !


I also think you had better hope that your Mum isn't browsing BC !


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