The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman.A newsletter reader sent an email message with a question that I think everyone should think about. I don't believe he realized that I had supplied the answer a few days earlier in a Plus Edition newsletter article.
First, thank you for all your technical advice on using computers. Because of you, I purchased an off line back up system that I had to use just the other day for a corrupted file. Saved me from losing a week's work on one family line. Also, I just purchased the handheld scanner based on your article.
I am going to be presumptuous and ask you a non-genealogy related question on security and ID theft. I have had several malware problems this year. All have been solved. But it has made me think about our financial links and records. This may be extreme, but does it make sense to buy a laptop that is dedicated solely to your financial affairs? It would never be used to go to any web sites except for the financial institutions. When not in use, its connection to the Internet would be turned off. It would never leave our apartment. It seems to be that it reduces to almost zero the possibility that you will get malware designed to get this information. Any thoughts?