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Linux and Security

jayadev

Registered Member
I am no Linux geek. I have a question regarding the security of linux PC's. As we all know in Windows one needs a firewall+antivirus+anti spy etc. to safeguard the PC but do we need such applications in Linux also. I beleieve Linux is safe from all of these attacks.
 

Thermal

Registered Member
You typically don't need anti-malware software on a linux system, but I would recommend a firewall. You still need to keep up your patches, and the firewall will help protect against open ports. As far as security, its really about the administration of the system. I haven't gotten a virus or malware (outside of cookies) on my windows system in years. I typically don't even have anti-virus on my computer, and use a WinPE disc every few months just to make sure. I don't run as administrator though, and most linux users don't run as root. The average windows users seek user-friendiliness over security, and its why they are attacked the most.
 

myessence

Registered Member
I using Fedora Core 3 in my PC. I'm not scanvirus but using firewall. Until now safety attack from virus, spy, phising, etc ...
 

jayadev

Registered Member
Does Fedora or for that matter any Linux ships with in-built firewall or do I have to download a Firewall for Linux? Which one is the best available firewall for any Linux?
 

Penguin

Registered Member
It might be easier to get a hardware firewall, instead of trying to find a software one. We use a hardware firewall.
 

jzan

New Member
It might be easier to get a hardware firewall, instead of trying to find a software one. We use a hardware firewall.
thats what I use as well, on my other computer. In my opinion, linux isn't much of a security risk
 

Thermal

Registered Member
thats what I use as well, on my other computer. In my opinion, linux isn't much of a security risk
Hardware firewall is a system deticated to being a firewall, such as a router or proxy.

Most linux distros now adays do offer a software firewall during installation, or can easily be configured afterwards.
 
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