The holiday season means more traveling and less time at your desk, which sounds promising but really means you'll be fighting for an outlet at the airport terminal and desperately trying to find a WiFi coffee shop to send your boss an e-mail.
So what are the security and viral implications of going online anywhere? Luckily, most WiFi networks are safe enough that your risk of getting a virus is slim to none. If you're still worried, you can
If you’re a virus conscious PC user, I’d recommend putting up a firewall every time you go online in foreign places. If you’re “riding dirty,” you should do the following:
- Click on START in your control panel
- Choose SECURITY CENTER or WINDOWS FIREWALL, and then WINDOWS FIREWALL.
- When the Windows Firewall box appears, select GENERAL tab and click the button next to ON.
- To finish, you can check DON’T ALLOW EXCEPTIONS and OK to close the box. Still worried? Consider downloading the Norton Personal Firewall.
Mac OSX or higher users need not worry.