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  •  I don't run any paranoia software anywhere (1+ / 0-)
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    But I know how this stuff works, inside and out.

    And I have a bad attitude for those who gin up fear in their customers in order to extort money from them.

    The only thing I use is a simple firewall/router that implements Network Address Translation (NAT) and blocks a few port numbers that I only use inside my own little network. Odds are good, if you have a cable, DSL, or wireless connection to the Internet, you already have this stuff. You can safely shut off everything else. More than one pair of suspenders is a waste.

    I have about a dozen computers in-house, all connected to the Internet. I've never gotten a so-called virus, experienced a crash of any kind, and have never lost any information on any computer. I still have everything that's still useful that was on my original IBM PC from 1981.

    My in-laws, in their mid-80's, don't know a computer from a toaster. They have an old Dell I salvaged from the trash bin. I installed only the base Windows and a few necessaries. And AOL. Yes, AOL

    The only instruction I made sure they understood was to never, ever, double-click on any email attachment that anyone sends to them. Even from me.

    No firewall, no router, no anti-virus stuff.

    They've never had a problem.

    My Bil, OTOH, is hopeless. He knows everything. He believes everything that hints of scary. He has layers of paranoia-ware. His laptop take about an hour to start up. Really.

    I'm glad you've gotten past the worst of it.

    "Never wrestle with a pig: you get dirty and the pig enjoys it"

    by GrumpyOldGeek on Sat Oct 13, 2012 at 07:53:49 AM PDT

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    •  Thanks for the reassurance (0+ / 0-)

      I got a virus a couple of times - the last one - really nasty - came from going to Facebook, which is why I don't go there anymore and don't have an account.

      I worry because I'm all over the internet looking at stuff as you can see from my diaries.  I stay with Earthlink as my ISP because they allow me to set my email inbox to only those in my address book.  Everything else goes in a separate folder which I check daily and very carefully before opening anything.

      I did want something to prevent malware and spyware because I've had that, too, and it slowed my puters to a crawl.  And somethng to clean out my puter - all those temp files and stuff that even deleting browsing history doesn't eliminate.

      I love the word you used - paranoia-ware - and, for the most part, it's true.  But it's not really paranoia if the bad guys really are after us.

      Thanks again.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning. Obama-Biden-Big Bird 2012

      by Puddytat on Sat Oct 13, 2012 at 10:32:47 AM PDT

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