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Old 06-03-2018, 06:11 PM
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my mom has an aging laptop that i have to clean up occasionally. the usual toolbar crap and other assorted annoying junk. it's old and slow and i think it's time to make a change. i'm defaulting to a chromebook for all the reasons you already know about.

she doesn't use excel or word, doesn't use much anything other than browser. the only software she might possibly use is itunes for her iphone 6+. she uses the iphone for calls, texts, and navigation. she probably takes the occasional pic. doesn't listen to music or podcasts afaik. do you actually need a computer and itunes to manage an iphone now, or is that legacy stuff?

her printer is chromebook compatible. i made sure of that when she got it last year.

she'd like to sync her fitbit to the replacement device, but that's not a show stopper

what else am i not thinking of?

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Is she local? If not, something like GoToMyPC can make your life easier.
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Is she local? If not, something like GoToMyPC can make your life easier.
i see her about every week, so it's not really a problem to do maintenance. the machine is just dog slow now and it's time for a replacement

she accesses her banking and retirement accounts from this machine, so i'd like something less vulnerable than a windows laptop. i could put a linux distro on the current laptop, but i'm not going that route.
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I wouldn't worry about vulnerability of a Windows laptop. In 2018 user error is going to be the cause of security issue, not Windows. Windows 10 is fine. Turn on automatic security updates, proper browser settings, and set her up with a non-admin user account.
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I wouldn't worry about vulnerability of a Windows laptop. In 2018 user error is going to be the cause of security issue, not Windows. Windows 10 is fine. Turn on automatic security updates, proper browser settings, and set her up with a non-admin user account.
the bolded is the concern, not windows
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the bolded is the concern, not windows
Sure, but if you're afraid of user error the OS doesn't matter all that much
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Sure, but if you're afraid of user error the OS doesn't matter all that much


...but non-Windows systems might be slightly less exposed to user error (with the difference reduced with the use of a non-admin account).

I think "stay with what she's used to" and "don't confuse her" is good guidance for most elderly tech users. An argument could be made that setting her up with a linux box, skinned to look like Windows, and suitably locked down might be a good option, if you're willing to put in the work.

Otherwise...W10, non-admin, and a malware scanner that is configured to not distract or confuse with notifications.
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i'm not positive, but i believe chromebooks are less vulnerable to fake "click here to speed up your computer!" (and similar) effects than are windows machines. they might be able to junk up the browser, not affect the system. i believe i have her set up as non-admin

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...but non-Windows systems might be slightly less exposed to user error (with the difference reduced with the use of a non-admin account).

I think "stay with what she's used to" and "don't confuse her" is good guidance for most elderly tech users. An argument could be made that setting her up with a linux box, skinned to look like Windows, and suitably locked down might be a good option, if you're willing to put in the work.

Otherwise...W10, non-admin, and a malware scanner that is configured to not distract or confuse with notifications.
she lives in Chrome, so chromebook would not be a distraction for her

but you both make good points, thanks for responding. she's going on a cruise with my sisters next week, so i've got a little time before making a decision
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