Originally Posted by Hackinacloa
What are your thoughts on the relative safety of Virtual Machines?
For example, I am running Linux as the host OS and Vista as the guest OS in Sun's VirtualBox. The only thing I run in the VBox environment is the Poker Stars client. Does this protect me from keyloggers? It seems to protect me from malware and viruses in the host OS.
A Linux host and Windows guest is what I consider an ideal setup for a poker computer. While nothing other than your brain can protect you from every form of malware (including keyloggers), your setup is very secure as long as you follow a couple of steps.
- Keep Vista updated, don't use it for web browsing, and only install the necessary poker apps (Stars, HEM, etc)
- On the host, only use packages from the official repository.
Some people will say you should still run anti-virus software on your Windows guest but I disagree. I don't think it's needed.
I would still run NoScript on the host.