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Netbooks typically come installed with Windows XP Home Edition. A critical update, called Windows XP Service Pack 2 (XP SP2) is a free update for XP users, which comes with important updates and security patches released by Microsoft. This update tightens up security for your netbook considerably, including wireless network security.
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Password protecting your system is another way to protect the data on your netbook. By creating and setting a strong password, anyone logging on will be prompted to enter that password at startup, before Windows loads. A system password prevents any access to the laptop at all.
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The Netbook was developed primarily to provide the user with an affordable, no-frills computer primarily for surfing the web. However, like any other browsing activity, regardless of the type of computer that you use, danger lurks online. Without anti-malware software installed, your netbook is highly vulnerable to attacks from the moment that you begin browsing.
Some anti-malware, such as PC Tools Security has been developed specifically for netbooks. PC Tools Security for Netbooks is a comprehensive anti-malware solution, offering anti-virus, anti-spyware and browser protection all in one application. You should also make sure that your Windows Firewall is turned on.
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On the Go
Netbooks are designed for pure mobility. They are, however, more fragile and vulnerable to physical damage than their full-size laptop cousins, which have a heavy-duty build. Keep your netbook fully protected by carrying it in a sturdy, well-padded netbook case when you are out and about. The more padding your netbook case has, the better the protection it will provide.
You may also use a netbook sleeve but, while it may protect against scuffs, dirt and scratches, this type of case is really more decorative than protective. A netbook sleeve can, however, provide additional protection for the netbook inside your suitcase or backpack.
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Although netbooks are stripped down versions of laptops, they still generate heat. Purchasing a cooling pad for your netbook will help to prevent overheating, particularly if you work in direct sunlight for extended periods of time.