Firewall headaches when traveling in non secure locations - arrrggh!
Posted on 2006-11-19
I recently purchased a Toshiba portege. Windows XP Pro. Fingerprint security. The My Safe fingerprint secured drive included also.
However, I had dodgy programs or viruses on my pen drive which infected the My Safe drive itself. I was quite shocked.
I also found, while staying in a hotel with Wifi, that I lost control of the computer. Blue tooth and also Wifi connections that I HAD NOT installed work running. Zone Alarm did not pick that up.
I have sensitive information which I don't want accessed, at any cost. I can afford to purchase whatever is necessary to ensure safety. I am a freelance writer, traveling frequently through developing countries, and security is paramount given the terrible state of most computer networks I have to access.
I reformatted the hard drive but I haven't touched it yet. What is the best firewall for a novice? I am looking at Outpost Pro or again ZoneAlarm pro.
What is the best solution to this?
What are the Wifi hotkeys and why do they keep working by themselves? When I had Zone Alarm going it lists programs active - this had the green light next to it. Yet I hadn't done a thing.
Also, every time i turned the lap top on last week more new programs were listed as being monitored by Zone Alarm. That is, at first count it was 130 but by the end of the week it was 190 something? How?