My new laptop will arrive in a few days, and much as I would prefer to avoid it, this time I'll be keeping Windows (going back to school and I'm sure some of the professors will expect everyone to use it). So now I have to think about all the security problems I never have to worry about with Linux.
The very first thing I want to do when it arrives is make sure it's not connected to the internet until I can install the antivirus software that I just downloaded. Obviously I won't plug in any cables, but it might pick up a wi-fi signal or something -- you know Windows, it's so helpful, always doing things without being told. How do I make sure it's totally disconnected? I suppose good old ping will work? If it is online, how do I disconnect?