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  #1727895 28-Feb-2017 19:44
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Hi Fred.

 

 

 

This is slightly off-topic, but you seem to be a little mistaken as to the role of an Antivirus program. Put simply, they're the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff. They attempt to remove viruses from your PC when you're already infected, and generally are worthless at actually preventing the infection in the first place.

 

 

 

Of course, an ambulance is better than nothing, but a much better solution is to practise good security hygiene in your daily usage of your PC. This is the main way you can prevent infection in the first place:

 

 

 

  • Don't open email attachements unless you're sure you know what it is (it came from a friend AND it's just a PDF or word document, etc)
  • Don't open .exe attachments, ever
  • Don't install shady programs, and don't pirate.
  • Don't download stuff from porn sites.
  • Don't click ads. Even better, install "Ublock origin" to get rid of ads altogether, and disable it on sites you trust and want to support (like geekzone ;))

Antivirus programs are often worse than nothing, because they are gigantic sprawling programs which try to do tonnes of things, and do it all badly. This leads to security flaws which can actually *allow viruses in* where they were not allowed in before you installed antivirus. A large number of these security flaws have been discovered recently, in major products like McAfee and Norton. Norton in particular has a very bad reputation, although I don't know how bad current versions are.

 

 

 

Most geeks just use Windows Defender, a simple antivirus which is included in and turned on by default in Windows 10. Windows 10 is very secure by itself, and most viruses must be allowed in by the user, and can't get in by themselves.

 

 

 

Oh, and metered mode won't affect the security of your computer, as you're only preventing Norton from downloading new 'virus definitions', which teaches Norton which files are viruses, and should be removed. As I say earlier, it's better to avoid jumping off the cliff than to have a super awesome ambulance at the bottom :)

 

 

 

(And norton is not super awesome. Ugh.)


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  #1727995 28-Feb-2017 22:07
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Benjip:

 

I use an app called TripMode whenever I tether on my Mac, I can't recommend it enough.

 

https://www.tripmode.ch

 

I can't vouch for the Windows version, but the Mac one is fantastic. It can be set to come on automatically whenever you connect to a certain network (in my case, my iPhone Personal Hotspot) and you can then choose which apps are allowed to access the internet. It shows you how much data each app has used, as well as a total MB/GB count for this session/today/this month.

 

 

 

 

Have not tested, but a very elegant solution! 





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  #1729276 3-Mar-2017 08:52
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ripdog:

 

Oh, and metered mode won't affect the security of your computer, as you're only preventing Norton from downloading new 'virus definitions', which teaches Norton which files are viruses, and should be removed. As I say earlier, it's better to avoid jumping off the cliff than to have a super awesome ambulance at the bottom :)

 

 

 

(And norton is not super awesome. Ugh.)

 

 

Thanks for your post, yes I agree that with metered mode you're only preventing Norton from downloading new virus definitions, but if Norton isn't completely up to date, then doesn't this affect the security of the computer, even if only in a minor way?

 

Fred


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  #1729609 3-Mar-2017 19:58
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Uh, no. If you follow the basic rules of computer security that I outlined in my earlier post, an antivirus does literally nothing.


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  #1730870 6-Mar-2017 13:05
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gzt:
hio77:

 

gzt: Prepay they do: https://www.2degreesmobile.co.nz/mobile/prepay/. I did not look at account plans.

 

 

 

They all say valid for 1 month now, are you sure this has not changed?

 


No idea. Might be a question for the 2degrees forum. My browser returns the following text for that page above:

"Our Prepay Plus plan has low standard calling and texting rates to anyone in NZ, and is the perfect plan if you use Add Ons. Our Carryover Packs let you call and text Aussie at no extra cost, and also give you Carryover Minutes and Carryover Data that last for up to a year, not a month."

 

I'm on a $30 per month on-account plan with 2Degrees that gives me 1GB of carry over data each month. The carry over data lasts for 1 year. I constantly hover at around 10-11GB available, so it's great to hotspot to in the event of a home broadband outage.





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