Eric asked in Computers & InternetSecurity · 2 months ago

If I get rid of my internet service, and I don't have any virus protection, I don't use my computer, is the information that I have on my?

computer vulnerable, any suggestions, ideas?

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  • 1 month ago

    If you're no longer using your computer, the best thing is to disconnect it from the internet. If you're off the internet, you can't be "seen". 

  • 1 month ago

    What are you hiding

  • 1 month ago

    Your computer might be safer disconnected from the internet, but never absolutely safe.  If you care about your data, back it up to an external disk, or flash drive from time to time, and put that in a drawer.  Or better, a drawer at work, or a safe deposit box.  The backup gives you insurance against the computer breaking down from normal failures, like the disk going bad.  Keeping the data in a remote location makes it less likely that you'll lose the data if (God forbid) your house burns down.

    In theory, if your computer was once connected to the internet, it could have picked up some kind of time bomb malware, say something set to corrupt the disk at a significant date in the future.  Or if you bring data onto the computer in any other way, a virus could get in that way.  Remember, there were viruses that once spread by floppy disk, before people generally had internet.

  • 1 month ago

    Sure, if someone physically gets on your computer. /facepalm

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  • David
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    You would still need a backup in the event of theft, accidental damage or component failure

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Even if you don't use your computer at all, your computer data is only as secure as your house is. Someone can still break in and steal it, or your house could burn down or be flooded and the data lost.

  • 2 months ago

    No. As long as you are not connected to the internet in any way, your computer is completely safe. 

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