I have a second PC, other than my DAW machine, that I use to access the internet. Sometimes however, in the case of an update or fix, it seems that the only way to accomplish that is to go online with my music PC. I always go straight to the site in question, download what I need to, and then get off.
I was just curious though, do any of you go online with your music PC? Do you have virus/spy ware that you use for this purpose? Do you enable before going online and then disable afterward? Or do you just avoid going on line with your music PC completely?
I am particularly interested as a few weeks ago I had someone send me an e-mail, under the guise of being interested in my services, and in response to an add I had run. The e-mail had an attachment and, like a fool, I opened it. It did turn out to be a form of spy ware that my software identified – one that was used to steal user names and passwords. This was the first time I have ever had such an experience. I am still not convinced, based on some unusual behavior of my system since then, that the problem has been 100% removed.
Just hoping to get a discussion going about the pro/cons/risk of using your DAW system to access the net. Is it a "only when absolutely necessary" (and then with or without protective software) or is it a case of "never at all". And even in terms of a second PC, does being in the position of running adds and soliciting business drastically increase the risk to one’s system? And how does one offset this risk?
Please – all comments welcome.