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.
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.
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.
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.
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.