What are the best things to do in order to protect security when using public access wifi - hotels, airports etc? I have XP, AVG anti-virus, Zonealarm firewall. Is there anything I can do to help keep my laptop more secure? Any suggestions would be most welcome.
Thanks, Woodchip, that's reassuring. I'm not sure whether I'm just being paranoid but am hoping to buy a netbook to take to Italy in the autumn. I've disabled printer and file sharing, and have zone alarm and AVG (both free versions). Do you think that's sufficient? I don't intend to do any internet banking or shopping - just send some emails and look at Google maps probably!
I said Avast is the free version that I use. and I was on a Forum that I post to other than this one, uploaded some pictures checked mail etc. Danger lies in when you start surfing allover the net. As to hackers how would they know unless they sit waiting for you to come in, and start up computer. Danger is same as at home, when you start using the Net File Sharing etc are wort things, as is opening Attachment to mail that you do not know
With your protection on should be OK from virus and malware however as the wireless signal is unlikely to be encrypted I would still fight shy of using online banking etc. on a public network or machine.