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Old February 23rd, 2008, 02:09 AM
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LINUX Security

Hi,
I am new to Linux. I really want to get into it.
Recently I installed these distros on various machines(ubuntu,xubuntu,pclinuxos 2007,kubuntu).
What I find to be strange after so many years using Xp Pro is this:

does linux need firewall
does linux need antispyware
does linux need anti virus software

I know that the security of Linux is renowned for being superior to Windows but are the above applications required?

I read somewhere that a firewall is only required if you run a Linux mail server-is this true?

Are all Linux distros in general extremely secure thus not requiring firewall / antimalware software?

I'd be delighted on some input to my question. Thank you.
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Old February 23rd, 2008, 04:14 AM
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If you're using Ubuntu or Kunbuntu the firewall can be found under your package manager, Synaptic. It's called Firestarter. As far as antivirus, I use ClamAV just so I don't pass any viruses on to Windows users though my emails. It's also listed in Synaptic.

http://www.clamav.net/

Linux is far more secure than any version of Windows. Anti spyware software is not needed.

Hope this helps.
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Old February 23rd, 2008, 02:52 PM
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If you're using Ubuntu or Kunbuntu the firewall can be found under your package manager, Synaptic. It's called Firestarter. As far as antivirus, I use ClamAV just so I don't pass any viruses on to Windows users though my emails. It's also listed in Synaptic.

http://www.clamav.net/

Linux is far more secure than any version of Windows. Anti spyware software is not needed.
Agree completely w/ Jmtjet! I'm running Ubuntu on an IBM laptop; Firestarter is the GUI that can be used w/ the 'built-in' iptables firewall of Linux; as you indicated in your OP, the firewall can be set to regulate 'inbound' and/or 'outbound' traffic, if needed (such as on a server) - I've made no changes at all.

I'm also using ClamAV, but rarely do a scan - the program updates its thousands of viral defintions, but these are virtually all Windows viruses, and as indicated mainly to prevent passing viruses onto Windows users! Currently, I don't believe there are any important Linux virues 'out in the wild' now!

Thus, you really need not to worry much about these malware issues that plague Windows users (including myself!) - in fact, I take my IBM on the road since often unprotected 'wireless' networks are the ones available!

Good luck w/ the Linux OSs - I've really enjoyed using Ubuntu!
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Old February 2nd, 2020, 08:54 AM
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What about clearing "tracking cookies?"
Is there a utility for that on Linux? Or do I have to DL software for that?
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Old February 2nd, 2020, 10:50 AM
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talking about hijacking an old thread... this thread is ancient.

check out bleach. it should be available through the software manager. it works a lot like ccleaner.
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Thanks to all for commenting.
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Old February 2nd, 2020, 04:11 PM
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talking about hijacking an old thread... this thread is ancient.

check out bleach. it should be available through the software manager. it works a lot like ccleaner.
Hi renegade600. I presume you meant 'BleachBit'. Yes, it's a great app.
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Old February 2nd, 2020, 10:28 PM
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Hi renegade600. I presume you meant 'BleachBit'. Yes, it's a great app.
yep, bleachbit.
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