I may be about to do the unthinkable and transition from Linux to Windows.
My laptop is in its death throes. It’s not a software problem. It’s a ■■■ ash and spilled coffee problem. I can fix it. However, that means dismantling the thing, potentially messing up, and being left with no way to Fiverr.
I do have a backup laptop. However, I had forgotten how old it is. Even with Linux it’s slow. How I ever used it, I don’t know. In this case, I’ve scored a sweet deal on eBay and got a pretty much unused Surface Pro 2 tablet for $100. I’ve owned one of these before. It is more than capable of being my daily driver when hooked up to a monitor and keyboard.
My problem is Windows. I hate it. I do love MS Office. However, I hate how vulnerable Windows is to viruses. Now, I also own a Surface RT tablet which is immune to viruses by default, because it is impossible to run regular programs on it. In this case, I’ve had a genius idea.
My plan is to configure my (Windows 8.1) new Surface 2, to only run specific apps. Literally, nothing will be executable but Word, my video software, and a web browser. I’ll also use a user account and not an administrator account.
I am definitely not splashing out on an anti-virus, as I probably won’t use this machine full-time for very long. In this case, will my lock-down strategy be enough to keep my machine secure? Or am I overlooking something?