chrishoffman — 2014-06-05T06:40:04-04:00 — #1
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/190292/how-to-secure-and-manage-a-relatives-computer/
Sure, maybe your parents don’t need any help with their PC and your kids are better at technology than you are. But many geeks are called upon to be responsible for a relative’s PC — often after it breaks.
daglesj — 2014-06-05T10:30:43-04:00 — #2
Slap EMET 4.1 on there or at least set DEP to be running on all software.
Just make sure no ancient software is used and its Vista and above.
I'd also slap Cryptoprevent on there as well to stop the Cryptolocker. You have have to pay a fee if you want the updates but even the free version locks out some of the routes Cryptolocker uses to get its claws in. Might just save the day.
I know web owners hate this but for their own safety also slap a AdBlock on the browser too.
rautamiekka — 2014-06-05T10:31:50-04:00 — #3
Recommending Micro$oft's security software is same as wishing Devil possessed you, and that is actually is, through their secret corruption campaign.
-Never- have the computer auto-installing Window$ Updates, you condemn it to destruction that will to happen at later date !
daglesj — 2014-06-05T10:33:50-04:00 — #4
Right so you recommend family go 4-6 months between installing cherry picked and tested updates?
Okay that's an interesting security strategy you got there...
Can I ask you to sort that out for them? I have a life you know.
rautamiekka — 2014-06-05T10:47:51-04:00 — #5
Dude, ppl ask anyone for help if they can't do it themselves, and nowadays, especially if you're not zero at English, you can google for the info you need. As sad as it is, I have had absolutely no requests from any relative for years, and 99.999% of them are nothing like me at computers.
mdknightr — 2014-06-05T12:05:25-04:00 — #6
If all they're going to be doing is surfing the web, email, messaging, and Facebook, I recommend installing Linux Mint or Ubuntu. Everything installed gets updates, not just the OS, and it isn't vulnerable to viruses.
mjndragon — 2014-06-05T12:07:20-04:00 — #7
Microsoft Family Security is ignored by search engines. Your kids can still access sites that were supposedly blocked. It took me awhile to figure out why access was still available. Better way to block them is using the router settings.
steveneuler — 2014-06-05T12:45:48-04:00 — #8
Couldn't think of a better Xmas, Birthday, Father/Mother Day present than a paid for antivirus program for one's parents--grand parents. It's not such a huge expense and worth its weight in gold. With many parents - grandparents on limited income, skimping on anti-virus would be penny wise and pound foolish.
mawbzee — 2014-06-05T13:09:47-04:00 — #9
I have Team Viewer on my mums, brothers and friends computers. It is a god send. My mum lives a fair distance away and it is sooooo easy to log on and help her. The good thing is they can actually see what your doing so it helps them learn as well.
nsdcars5 — 2014-06-05T14:00:50-04:00 — #10
The people I give regular tech support to are my dad and uncle, and both of them use ancient software that requires admin privileges... I just install TeamViewer, and deal with it when they call me. Updates are automatic, both use Windows 7, and both systems get an annual cleanup sponsored by NSDCars5.
mdknightr — 2014-06-06T09:37:12-04:00 — #11
Paying for anti-virus is foolish when there are great free ones like Avast out there. Or, like I said earlier, install Ubuntu or Linux Mint instead of Wintendo (if they aren't into gaming that is).
geexerr — 2014-06-07T17:35:26-04:00 — #12
safer, HIDE ALL THE SYSTEM FILESSSSS!
system — 2014-06-15T06:40:11-04:00 — #13
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