Help Me Convince My Mother-In-Law Her Files are Secure and Give Her XP Security Basics?
November 20, 2004 5:15 PM Subscribe
WindowsXPSecurityFilter: How do I help my mother-in-law?
posted by daver to computers & internet (11 answers total)
My Mother In Law has a laptop. She keeps confidential business records on it. She has windows XP, and has been reading up on all the latest security vulnerabilities and is very concerned that her business records are at risk for being copied, and more generally concerned that her operating system isn't secure.
She's running XP home edition (not sure if it's SP2). She's got a dial up ISP, and a wifi card (although no wifi ISP or connect networks I believe). She's running Macaffee's firewall (at the very least).
I can tell her what I think about how to secure her system (run a fire wall, disable wifi card, only use dialup), but the real problem is that she doesn't trust the operating system so she's cruising around the system looking for vulnerabilities such as 'International Agents' (some files she found on the system I think), the 'prefetch' directory (not sure why she considers this a threat), and trying to shutdown the RPC service.
Two basic questions:
A) is there something I can give her that will give her a high level of assurance that even IF a file were copied off her computer it would be of no value. Basically -- can I set up an encrypted store for her sensitive docs that's easy for her to use?
B) Given that I won't be able to assuage her concerns about the O/S in general, what information could I direct her to that would help her get a firm understanding of the O/S, the actual security threats that exist, and how to protect against them?