From here to eternity: Internet research for patient genealogists
Patient Genealogists Do keep anti-virus & spyware software up to date.
This is going to take some time and effort to see that the updates are downloaded and installed. For those with hi-speed connections, this won't be much of a problem, because the update can be accomplished in the background. But for those with dial-up connections, this is going to take a lot of patience.
Having up-to-date protection for your computer is so important that most ISP (Internet Service Providers) also provide free anti-virus software with your membership. There are many reliable software programs out there. Currently Myrt uses:
- Norton Internet Security http://www.symantec.com/ (set for auto-update and nightly scans of all hard drives.)
- Free online scan at http://www.pandasoftware.com/ (on a weekly basis.)
We do not know when in a day or week, how many times our anti-virus software will offer updates. It depends on how agressive the computer viruses have become, and how soon the techies working for your anti-virus software program developer find a fix.
For these reasons, dial-up computer owners must be prepared to sit through the search for an update every time you go on the internet. If there IS an update, they'll have to be patient and do something else while your computer downloads and installs the latest protection.
This will perhaps be the main reason why dial-up computer genealogists will have more meticulous filing habits, because they'll need to do SOMETHING to while away the time when the antivirus software is updating.
Happy family tree climbing!
DearMYRTLE,Your friend in genealogy.
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