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BrianJones

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I just purchased a Latitude E5530 (with Win 8) for my new business - it will be delivered in a week or two. I am hoping to find some help about the best way I can protect and secure this laptop. It would be nice if it was free, though I would spend if that needs to be what happens. Can anyone offer what software I should be adding to this laptop? Ideally I would like this read and in place so I can add it as soon as I open the box with my new laptop.

On a note which may be unrelated -- would it be smart if I posted some information when I first get the computer so things can be deleted that I dont need that Dell just puts on everyone's new computers?!?

thank you in advance for your help!
 

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ZoneAlarm (http://www.zonealarm.com/) offers free anti-virus and firewall combined services. It is pretty reliable for my uses, and the firewall is pretty secure for general purposes.

AVG (http://www.avgfree.com.au/) is only an anti-virus program, but I still find it to be pretty secure. It also comes with LinkScanner and Secure Search, so that when you search for some information, it checks the page in the search results for suspicious activity.

There are other free anti-virus programs out there, such as Microsoft Security Essentials (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/security-essentials-download), which is also highly commendable.

Please note: If you install one of these anti-virus programs, install only one. You can, however, choose to install features of one or the other (for example, at home I run ZoneAlarm anti-virus/firewall, and the AVG LinkScanner (available as a standalone product)).
 
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Windows 8 is too new, and you will need to gather bits and pieces from here and there. For example, Windows Defender, bundled with the OS, is in fact a renamed Security Essentials, so anitivirus is built-in and free.Whether you will choose to stick with it is another matter. But I think you will have to wait a bit fo anitivirus firms to catch up to features like the antivirus early start feature that could defeat root kits.
 
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Here's some interesting reading to get you started;http://blog.eset.com/2012/12/13/securing-your-holliday-tech-gifts-part-1-windows-pc-guide (as it's from the Eset Threat Blog there's obviously a plug for Eset security products but that doesn't mean the general advice isn't good).

If you're going to have your own and customers details on the computer you may have to think about partitioning the hard drive to keep your personal stuff separate from the business and also look into encrypting the data. Depending on the nature, and size, of your business, you might also need to check if there any local laws specifying minimum standards for handling customer data.

Frequent backups of your data to a USB stick looks like a good idea (as long as you don't lose it later!) and don't keep it in the same place as the laptop.

You might also want to look into the mechanics and costs of off site backups (cloud?) as an additional safety net.
 
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ESET Smart Security V6 has an anti thief feature that's super cool! It's directed towards laptop users. FRYS online has V5 on sale through the 31st - 1 PC for $24.99 or 3 PCs for $34.99 - that's a really good deal! If you purchase V5, don't install it. With your serial license you can go to ESET's website and download their latest version for free!
 

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You'll need CCleaner, Winzip, PGP, a couples of file wipers.

Also, forget the USB drives; use an external portable 1GB hdd instead. They go for $79. Keep it in the bank safe box.
 

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ZoneAlarm (http://www.zonealarm.com/) offers free anti-virus and firewall combined services. It is pretty reliable for my uses, and the firewall is pretty secure for general purposes.

AVG (http://www.avgfree.com.au/) is only an anti-virus program, but I still find it to be pretty secure. It also comes with LinkScanner and Secure Search, so that when you search for some information, it checks the page in the search results for suspicious activity.

There are other free anti-virus programs out there, such as Microsoft Security Essentials (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/security-essentials-download), which is also highly commendable.

Please note: If you install one of these anti-virus programs, install only one. You can, however, choose to install features of one or the other (for example, at home I run ZoneAlarm anti-virus/firewall, and the AVG LinkScanner (available as a standalone product)).

Thank you for your help. If I install either AVG or MS Essentials -- what do you suggest I use for firewall protection?
 

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Windows 8 comes with inbuilt antivirus ( windows defender) and firewall turned on, unless Dell have installed a trial antivirus or firewall from Norton/Mcafee/Trend etc

You cannot install MSE on W8 as defender is the same program only integrated into the system
 

BrianJones

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Windows 8 comes with inbuilt antivirus ( windows defender) and firewall turned on, unless Dell have installed a trial antivirus or firewall from Norton/Mcafee/Trend etc

You cannot install MSE on W8 as defender is the same program only integrated into the system

I don't have the laptop yet, but I will be getting it this week. When I get it, can you please walk me through how I can search and find this information, and so I can learn about how I would know if I have Windows Devender, or a Trial Version of something else?
Thanx!
 

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when you get the laptop reply here & we will talk you through what scans to run to see what is installed & tell what can be safely uninstalled to get rid of all the junk that Dell will undoubtedly put there as trials to entice you to buy the full product & get them some extra commissions
 

BrianJones

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when you get the laptop reply here & we will talk you through what scans to run to see what is installed & tell what can be safely uninstalled to get rid of all the junk that Dell will undoubtedly put there as trials to entice you to buy the full product & get them some extra commissions
It came in the mail today - is this the right place to make a post? Or should I look for another forum subject? Hopefully I can get help closing out and removing all of those junk files which I wont need -- let me know what to do next - thank you!
 

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yes we can carry on here

do this BUT do NOT run gmer as it isn't needed. Just Hijackthis & DDS

once we see the logs we can determine the best way to advise you

follow advice here and post the logs those programs make
 

dvk01

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I will let him carry on there & close this one
 
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