Just had to reformat and reinstalling software on my Lab computer. It's an oldie but a goodie. Perfect for the Lab. It is a Pentium III 500 mhz so it's not very fast. But about all I do with it run Winamp streaming music thought a good set of speakers.
I use it browse the net and sometimes I pull down a PDF files from my main computer. It's networked to all the computers in the house and they all share files. It has a large second hardrive in it, that use to back up files to from my main one, over the network. Just in case of a HD failure.
With it reformatted and not bloated with software it runs so much faster I am being very careful about loading just what I need on it. Not much. What I was tossing around is what level of protection I need on it.
I run AV software and a Firewall on all my computers. But I don't know if I really NEED it on this one. If it gets a virus no big deal! I just reformat and reinstall the software. Besides in all my years I have never been infected but one time and that was stupidity on my part. I knew as soon as I did it I made a mistake. I am careful and I don't have email program on this one.
My concern is the fact that it is networked. If I did get a virus off a web site I visited, I am wondering if it could spreed to the other computer via my network? Probably safer to run it but got to say I love the way it is running without it.
Someone know the facts and not just opinions? What risk would running naked present to my other computers?