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So about 3 weeks ago a friend calls me and says a lightening bolt or whatever hit her building, burned her laptop bla bla bla, asks if I have a laptop to loan her for a week max. Incidentally I just happened to have a laptop I could free up. And she's not hot, so it's not like rescuing a damsel in distress or anything like that, no dick thinking. I just did it out of the kindness of my heart to be honest.

So anyway when she got it she calls me the laptop turns on but the screen is black, then it turns out she pressed some button to make the screen go black (I have no idea which button). Then the laptop turns on but is asking for email to login. WTF? I've had this laptop for 6 years, and for about 3 years it's been working 24/7 with a daily restart, no black screens, no emails, no problems. What the hell dude?! :mad:

So a week goes by, she doesn't call nothing. A second week goes by, nothing. A third week go by, and I send her a message today. She apologized, thanked me, brought me the laptop. But before she brought it she calls me to ask me for my email so that she can create a new user and remove her user account and... wait a minute. What the fuck??? What user? You created a user? Why?

You press the button, the lap top turns on and loads windows, and you use it. The end.

So I told her don't worry about users and passwords just bring the lap top over. And now I can't load windows because it's asking me for a password. Why would you loan someone's laptop for a week (or 3 weeks you lying pricks) and set a fucking password, and even set a picture for your windows account that you created. Why would you do that? What the hell is wrong with you? You people are nuts.

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So anyway I'm gonna load windows or some other operating system from USB and enter BIOS and load from USB on boot and format the laptop, you guys know the drill, or some of you do anyway. Frankly I don't wanna ask her for the password because I don't wanna enter windows and see what god awful things were done on the PC while she had it. Does it have virues malware and ransomware on it? Will it turn into a robot and exterminate all life on earth? Or maybe it has... a fucking antivirus installed and I have to murder someone. Ugh.......

Point is, I fucking hate all of you. You all SUCK. I hope covids gets ya!!! :p

Anyway anyway anyway, on to my actual point...

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JUST READ FROM HERE ON DOWN IF YOU DONT CARE ABOUT THE BACKSTORY :p

I have a free lap top that I don't have a use for anymore, and I would like to move all my crypto wallets and all my crypto-related activities on it. This is in order to remove my crypto wallets from my main lap top, because I use my main lap top for work on a daily basis and even though I'm a madafaking genius and perfect person, I'm not perfect, and viruses and scammers are all over this covid-infested planet. And I wanna separate my crypto access from my main laptop. My other laptop will go in the drawer and will never leave the house, and will only be turned on when I need to do some crypto activity on the fly.

Someone told me I'm best to put Linux I think he said, because Linux doesn't get viruses and so it's super safe. But I've never used Linux, and I'm not sure if I wanna deal with the learning curve right now. Frankly I don't really have the time. I think I'd rather use Windows, but keep it tight you know, keep it empty and clean and safe. By the way, an antivirus is out of the question. I don't trust antiviruses, I don't use antiviruses.

So anyway what's you guyses advice, how to have a crypto-dedicated laptop and have it be as safe as possible?

Thanks
 

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Linux doesn't get viruses and so it's super safe.
That's not entirely true. You can still install corrupted software on linux. The only thing is that you have to enter your password for every install. So if it happens, it's the user's fault :D

But I've never used Linux, and I'm not sure if I wanna deal with the learning curve right now.
Just check out Ubuntu ( https://ubuntu.com/download/desktop ). It's so close to windows. You would not believe it.

It's not necessary. You can be safe on a Windows machine, if you are careful.
 

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Apple has solutions for you or if you want cheap go with Linux with desktop Image.

I don't want cheap, I want free. I already have the laptop. There are no additional costs in my world :p

Wait, so I can't get Linux for free? Why did you say "if you want cheap go with Linux"?
 

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That's not entirely true. You can still install corrupted software on linux. The only thing is that you have to enter your password for every install. So if it happens, it's the user's fault :D


Just check out Ubuntu ( https://ubuntu.com/download/desktop ). It's so close to windows. You would not believe it.

It's not necessary. You can be safe on a Windows machine, if you are careful.

Well yeah but all I'm gonna install is official Firefox and a handful of crypto wallets from their official sites. I won't be using the lap top, so once I set it I won't be installing anything on it again, possibly ever.

Ubuntu is free? On a scale from 1 to 10, how much of a pain in the ass would it be for someone to install and figure out how to use Linux? I'm a windows user and have never used anything else.

So you think I can go with Windows for my purpose and be safe? Windows XP? Visa? 7? 8? 8.1? 10? 11? :D
 

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Ubuntu is free? On a scale from 1 to 10, how much of a pain in the ass would it be for someone to install and figure out how to use Linux? I'm a windows user and have never used anything else.
Free. No pain at all. Maybe 2 on your scale. It's just a bit different.

So you think I can go with Windows for my purpose and be safe? Windows XP? Visa? 7? 8? 8.1? 10? 11?
Latest windows with latest update is always the safest. Old versions have vulnerabilities.
 

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Ubuntu is fairly easy to install. Linux is not some magic black box that only Bill Gates and Linus Torvalds can install. There are linuxes that are hard to install, Ubuntu is not one of them.
 

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I don't want cheap, I want free. I already have the laptop. There are no additional costs in my world :p

Wait, so I can't get Linux for free? Why did you say "if you want cheap go with Linux"?
Cheap I mean price less than apple, buy a cheap laptop and install Linux, if you have a laptop then install Linux

Linux OS is free everyone knows? you don't know it?
 

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Use definitely research an easy to use linux version, LIKE windows, of which there are many. What if you lose your laptop or it stops booting up? I guess its the risk with any crypto wallet that isn't online. But then online has risks too :confused:
 

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Free. No pain at all. Maybe 2 on your scale. It's just a bit different.


Latest windows with latest update is always the safest. Old versions have vulnerabilities.

Ubuntu is fairly easy to install. Linux is not some magic black box that only Bill Gates and Linus Torvalds can install. There are linuxes that are hard to install, Ubuntu is not one of them.

Okay, you guys win. I'll do the Linux thing. I'll try anyway. But not today, I'm tired. Maybe tomorrow.

Be on standby in case I need some assistance, thanks guys :D

Oh, is Ubuntu a safe Linux version? I don't know, Linux is not like Windows is it? There's Linux Ubuntu and Linux this and Linux other, many different Linux operating systems.

Linux Ubuntu > Windows in terms of security, right?

Cheap I mean price less than apple, buy a cheap laptop and install Linux, if you have a laptop then install Linux

Linux OS is free everyone knows? you don't know it?

I have this quote on my Skype:

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”

So, no :D
 

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So about 3 weeks ago a friend calls me and says a lightening bolt or whatever hit her building, burned her laptop bla bla bla, asks if I have a laptop to loan her for a week max. Incidentally I just happened to have a laptop I could free up. And she's not hot, so it's not like rescuing a damsel in distress or anything like that, no dick thinking. I just did it out of the kindness of my heart to be honest.

So anyway when she got it she calls me the laptop turns on but the screen is black, then it turns out she pressed some button to make the screen go black (I have no idea which button). Then the laptop turns on but is asking for email to login. WTF? I've had this laptop for 6 years, and for about 3 years it's been working 24/7 with a daily restart, no black screens, no emails, no problems. What the hell dude?! :mad:

So a week goes by, she doesn't call nothing. A second week goes by, nothing. A third week go by, and I send her a message today. She apologized, thanked me, brought me the laptop. But before she brought it she calls me to ask me for my email so that she can create a new user and remove her user account and... wait a minute. What the fuck??? What user? You created a user? Why?

You press the button, the lap top turns on and loads windows, and you use it. The end.

So I told her don't worry about users and passwords just bring the lap top over. And now I can't load windows because it's asking me for a password. Why would you loan someone's laptop for a week (or 3 weeks you lying pricks) and set a fucking password, and even set a picture for your windows account that you created. Why would you do that? What the hell is wrong with you? You people are nuts.

---

So anyway I'm gonna load windows or some other operating system from USB and enter BIOS and load from USB on boot and format the laptop, you guys know the drill, or some of you do anyway. Frankly I don't wanna ask her for the password because I don't wanna enter windows and see what god awful things were done on the PC while she had it. Does it have virues malware and ransomware on it? Will it turn into a robot and exterminate all life on earth? Or maybe it has... a fucking antivirus installed and I have to murder someone. Ugh.......

Point is, I fucking hate all of you. You all SUCK. I hope covids gets ya!!! :p

Anyway anyway anyway, on to my actual point...

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JUST READ FROM HERE ON DOWN IF YOU DONT CARE ABOUT THE BACKSTORY :p

I have a free lap top that I don't have a use for anymore, and I would like to move all my crypto wallets and all my crypto-related activities on it. This is in order to remove my crypto wallets from my main lap top, because I use my main lap top for work on a daily basis and even though I'm a madafaking genius and perfect person, I'm not perfect, and viruses and scammers are all over this covid-infested planet. And I wanna separate my crypto access from my main laptop. My other laptop will go in the drawer and will never leave the house, and will only be turned on when I need to do some crypto activity on the fly.

Someone told me I'm best to put Linux I think he said, because Linux doesn't get viruses and so it's super safe. But I've never used Linux, and I'm not sure if I wanna deal with the learning curve right now. Frankly I don't really have the time. I think I'd rather use Windows, but keep it tight you know, keep it empty and clean and safe. By the way, an antivirus is out of the question. I don't trust antiviruses, I don't use antiviruses.

So anyway what's you guyses advice, how to have a crypto-dedicated laptop and have it be as safe as possible?

Thanks
Read this https://www.reddit.com/r/CryptoTIFU/comments/pma13q Be careful not to save is the passphrase somewhere safe.
 

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Use definitely research an easy to use linux version, LIKE windows, of which there are many. What if you lose your laptop or it stops booting up? I guess its the risk with any crypto wallet that isn't online. But then online has risks too :confused:

I'll probably use Ubuntu as it was recommended not by one but by two members above :D

Oh I have my private keys or seed words or whatever they're called on a password protected USB and on a piece of paper I carry in my stomach, so we good homie :p
 

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Oh, is Ubuntu a safe Linux version? I don't know, Linux is not like Windows is it? There's Linux Ubuntu and Linux this and Linux other, many different Linux operating systems.
Linux is a set of core functions, it's not an operating system. It connects the hardware to the software. Even Android works based on Linux. By itself, it's not an operating system.

Linux Ubuntu > Windows in terms of security, right?
I think yes.
 

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Ubuntu/Mac as the OS and use a ledger nano S for extra protection. Ledger (or any other branded hardware wallet out there) is good because it never reveals the private key (not normally, atleast.. unless you use some exploit and break the ledger's security). It only signs the transactions and sends it back.
 
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Linux is a set of core functions, it's not an operating system. It connects the hardware to the software. Even Android works based on Linux. By itself, it's not an operating system.


I think yes.

Oh it's a set of core functions? Why didn't you say so? That tells me... absolutely nothing haha :D

Okay I think I understand, but it doesn't really matter. I'm a simple person, I just want the following:

1) Press power button on
2) Machine turns on as if by magic
3) Use mouse to navigate and keyboard to type
4) Necessary only in this case -> be secure-r than windows

Call it a set of functions, call it an operating system, call it magic, doesn't matter :p

Great choice, Ubuntu is easy enough to use and install, it is a nice "happy fish" distro anyone can use with some spare time over.

Yeah I'll go for that. Tomorrow though cuz now I gotta do some work and then crash in the bed :)

Ubuntu/Mac as the OS and use a ledger nano S for extra protection. Ledger (or any other branded hardware wallet out there) is good because it never reveals the private key (not normally, atleast.. unless you use some exploit and break the ledger's security). It only signs the transactions and sends it back.

Nono, no. The lap top is my ledger nano external wallet hardware thingy. I guess maybe I would buy a hardware wallet if I didn't have a free lap top. But having a free lap top I can use just for this eliminates the need for buying a hardware wallet.

No need for overkill, I don't click the big green blinking shiny .gif download button on some shady site, then download the file, then install the file, then have ransomware on my machine :p
 
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