After reading many posts on the RV forums I thought that I would create some help pages for everyone.
Online Virus Scans:
Spyware Online Scans:
Webroot Spyware Scan
Here is an explanation of Wifi This is always an interesting subject to read about. I am sure that I wont cover it completely but maybe I can point people in the right direction.
1) You may need more than one piece of hardware to make a complete wireless connection.
Firewall/Router - This sends traffic to/from your network.
Bridge- This allows you wireless network to become a part of another wireless network
Print server- Allows you to have a printer to print to while not being connected directly to it via cable.
PCMCIA card- Card types that plug into a laptop.
USB- Some manufactures now make a small device that plugs into a USB 2.0 connection to access wireless networks.
Antenna- These come in various types:
Yagi- this is a directional point to point antenna (Example- Weight stations on the highway use this to automate which trucks have to weigh and which do not.
Omnidirectional- this is used most often, it's somewhat like an umbrella. You put it up in the middle and the connection area is around the antenna. Grid- this is kind of a hybrid, it's a point to point but has some width. Also seen near weight stations.
2) Connection- this can be even harder to explain and configure due to the complexity. The most common connection is to connect your computer to an existing wireless network. Assuming you have you network card installed you should be able to right click on the wireless computer icon in the system tray and "view wireless network". This will give you a list of available networks. If you do not see yours,power cycle your wireless device (router, access point, bridge). Return to the computer and try to view the wireless network again. If you see your wireless network select it and then click "connect". You may be prompted for additional information depending on how the network was setup. If you do not have the information requested seek the person who owns the network.
Wireless Security: WEP,WPA-PSK, WPA2. Here I will only give you my opinion here as there are people who take these setups personal. I use encryption, I have chosen WPA2 mostly because all of my hardware is very new or support the newest standard. I have turned off SSID broadcast. Though I am using encryption I do not need to do this but why not it's my hardware. I also set access to the wireless access point via MAC address. Configure your network so you feel safe that's all that matters. If your not sure then research it using Google and make your own decision.
Firewalls: Here is an explanation of Firewalls Again another topic of opinion. I work in the computer security field so I employ some layers of security to protect my network. First I use a hardware firewall (business class) that's been rated by a professional organization. From here I connect everything else (pc's,printers etc). On each pc I run a software firewall that has anti-virus protection. On top of that I usually have 1 or 2 Spyware programs since no one program gets them all. Again do your own research. I say this because every user is at a different level of knowledge and what I like or use may not be for you. General good practices- Whenever I am online I make it a practice to update all of my software. (Anti-Virus, Windows, Spyware and other personal software). Most software updates itself but I like to check manually that way if there is an issue I know about it. Even if I get stuck using a dial-up connection. Make the effort to manually run the updates to your programs.