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...After lengthy phone call last night to my Sister in law in New Zealand, I sorted her laptop up.
It would not boot, was infected with 100+ nasties, and when I had her up and running again, I enquired about her AV and anti spyware protection.
"Oh it just came with the machine, I've never upgraded or renewed it"
The machine contains all her critical data (she is a professional caterer with her own business)
When I explained that the protection software needs to be updated, and renewed..She finally spent $65 (NZ) how cheap is that to protect the most important part of your PC /Lappy?
When I was teaching, My favourite question to students was "What is the most important item in your machine?"
CPU, obviously not.
It's the damn data man!!!
It's surprising how many annoyed people have said to me, after cleaning up their machines, something along the lines of "if you buy a car you just use it, you don't expect to have to buy a guard dog as well".....
So I guess the answer to my question is "No" they will never learn. It has a knock on effect on us all though...She recently sent me some photo's and every one was so badly infected that I could not do anything but delete them.
Perhaps now, I will get to see the kids :))
..But perhaps people who use machines in this manner should be "Offline"?
Hat, coat, doggies, will check back shortly.
" was infected with 100+ nasties "
I think your sister got off lightly CT.It could have been a lot worse as you know.....isn't it just amazing how people all know about viruses etc,but do nowt about it until its to late.
Lets hope lesson learnt :-)
To do things with- to most people these days
To this end of course- the manufacturers/sellers are mostly to be blamed
Plug and play - Simple to use -just switch on and go
and sure enough- that's what the majority of the users do.
Anti Virus? 'Wot like Swine Flue?
Spam! wassat -like with chips - Yeah!
I got a Trojan- is that terrible then?
I am afraid the majority use their machines in this way.
Including some that I know that have had their machines so long and been in trouble time and time again,it still has not sunk in- as I can atest by the nummber of E-mail/phone calls I get from the same folk over and over again
This sort of thread is exactly why i started this thread ( an update on the old one )...even to enlighten some !!
Obviously a little old now,but the basics still apply and probably worth a bump.
Safe and Clean Computers click here
That most folk limit their use of these machine to a narrow band of application - and explore no further.
Of my flock- one [an ex banker] is into all the financial applications spreadsheets etc., but meaningful searching or holiday photo editing is beyond him[ and I guess- now in his mid eighties- nothing will change.
Another -who is my best mate and 25 year ago was into military electronics and taught me the elements of computing - we to gether turning thing like Ataris sows ears into Wondermachines of their time -produced manuals for our educational groups - etc- now does wonders in Photoshop and a little bit of surfing- and anything more he his on the phone to me asking- 'How do I?...or more recently -What is a PDF file?- I guess as our lives get busier and busier and we all get older and older- stuff gets left out of our lives more and more.
Trouble is posting here is preaching to the converted.
Telling any of my flock to tune into here falls on deaf ears for the most part-even though I have set them up,for this site when attending to their other problems- they still just as soon phone/email[If it is working] me.
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