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Protecting Mom's PC

Sep 17, 2009, 19:02 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

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"I have a dad, who thinks he knows computers, and he does know electronics, but software, well, that's another story. I also have a mother-in-law, who's both totally non-technical and she's a native Spanish-speaker with little English and my Spanish is awful. They're both bright people, but when it comes to computer security, they're babes in the woods.

"I've tried, just like I know many of you have with your computer naïve friends and relatives, to get them up to speed on PC security 101. I've installed anti-virus software, I've set their firewalls to keep out everything except e-mail and the Web; and told them that they must always update their computers. You know the drill.

"And, of course, they still click on fake Web pages; and they click on the links in e-mails that purport to be from Hallmark and... Well, I don't need to tell you the rest. You've been there, you've done that."

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