My mom started to use a computer!

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  1. dja2k

    dja2k Registered Member

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    Yo guys, I need some thoughts. My mom got her own computer though she is opening emails like it was candy for a baby, no regrets. It has Vista and well I am trying to figure out what protective software I can put on her. It can't be difficult nor have pop-ups, she doesn't know what to answer, yep totally non-computer knowledge. I would think it has to be a auto block type software. I was thinking of putting something like Shadow Defender but then she will loose her bookmarks and everything she does, even if its not bad. What do you think? She basically does email and normal browsing, like for cosmetics and stuff. I setup her hotmail to be viewed with that windows live software, probably IE based.

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  2. Hairy Coo

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    Just install all the Windows stuff-Defender and the like-keep the firewall and system restore-install Threatfire and AVG antivirus.
    A secure enough system with minimum pop-ups or maintenance.
    If she is on a router,then all this is especially ample-its not as if she is a high risk surfer.
     
  3. thanatos_theos

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    Hi dja2k. Norton 360 might be the one you're looking for.

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    Not so much the high risk surfer that worries me but the opening of all emails with attachments. I don't think I can have minimum pop-ups either, probably aiming at zero pop-ups, I ain't with her all the time thats why, Thanks!

    I will go review norton 360 and see how that is. I am not too much of a norton fan, but oh well what counts are the things someone sacrifices for their moms right! Thanks

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  5. farmerlee

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    Personally i use defensewall on the family computers. Once setup it does its job quietly in the background requiring no user input. I also use either avg or avast free for file/email scanning.
     
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    Funny how I am just trying defensewall right now for another project, but I am not to familiar with it and its setup. I would use Sandboxie which I am familiar with though all these software will ask a question or two somewhere. My mom freaks even when a pop-up says "do you want to run this, yes or no" thats why I disabled UAC completely. By the way, I would personally prefer avast over avg any day :D .

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    LOL! Your mom is likely younger than I am!

    Vista with Defender and Windows FireWall should be pretty good if you install Firefox with the AdBlockPlus add on and keep her away from IE.
     
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    She doesn't know how to use the web based email so she uses the Live Mail Client, I am not at her computer, but its the one that you install with the Live installer, though its IE based!

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    I decided to let her do whatever she wants with her computer. I installed FD-ISR and Avast Home with Vista firewall enabled. She is behind a router with its firewall enabled too. I disabled UAC to quiet mode leaving IE protection on. I made an image before she can mess it up so I can easily restore it.

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    I have been using Mailwasher by Firetrust for quite a few years and nothing has ever gotten through. I put it on my Daughters computer and as a complete novice she has no problem. Rather than explain how it works, check it out. http://www.mailwasher.net/index.php ;)
     
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    With that setup,you may still need data backup-use Karens Replicator-dead simple for her to use after you set it up-just press a button.
     
  12. buzzqw

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    i had this situation 2 years ago.

    Installed linux with those 4 links to applications need (thunderbird/firefox/openoffice/pidgim)

    never regret this choice.

    For a totally newby, user linux (ubuntu) can be a easy start.. and i don't have to clean/check/format this pc

    Now my mom can even attach the photocamera, download the photos, use gthumb for simply manipulation and email it...

    .. and i forget.. zero license fees

    BHH
     
  13. Huupi

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    KR is one of a kind,put it through a grinder and it stay alive.

    Don't get it why she did'nt made it payware,its so much better then all the paid stuff around.
     
  14. demoneye

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    welp no argue the best protection can be easly achieve by insyall linux.its based more protected than any microsoft os.
    for simply mail reading and little net browsing it will to the job more secure than MS os

    cheers
     
  15. Huupi

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    Yes ! My mom is a Geek. lol :D
     
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    I think that's enough.
    Made an image is a good idea.
     
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