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Old 03-29-2005, 03:26 AM   #1
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A Firewall and an anti-virus program


I am using Mandrake Linux 10.0 ; it works fine. I don't have either a firewall or a anti-virus program.

It seems people don't interfere with Linux users.

This is not the case with my Windows partition. Without an anti-virus program, you can't do anything. However, I rarely uses Windows partition.

I bought the F-Secure anti-virus for Windows.

When I start the computer, I can select either Linux or Windows. My default is Linux.

I just want some advise from you all to install a firewall and an anti-virus program.

Would you recommend me a freeware firewall and anti-virus program for my Linux?
 
Old 03-29-2005, 03:36 AM   #2
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Linux has a firewall built into the kernel, it's called iptables. You may need to install software to use it, but it probably came with your distro.

It's a great firewall, take a look at a few howto guides to find out how to set it up.

Anti-virus? Forget it. Viruses are a Windows problem.
 
Old 03-29-2005, 04:12 AM   #3
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actually, I'd recommend using anti-virus anyways; just don't waste all your cpu's time on it

seriously, a monthly scan or so, just to stay aware that some things are not as safe as they look. I think I have 2 phishing mails and a badly sized .rar archive, and that's it. But it's nice to know that they are present, and where they are.

my $0.02,

Jonas Kölker
 
Old 03-29-2005, 07:48 AM   #4
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How do I find this iptables? There is no program called iptables.
 
Old 03-29-2005, 07:53 AM   #5
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Well, for starters, are you looking as root, or as a normal user? Only root can use iptables
 
Old 03-29-2005, 08:03 AM   #6
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I am the only user. So I always go to root when installing new programs.

How do I start?
 
Old 03-29-2005, 09:10 AM   #7
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Install the iptables RPM, read the man pages, configure the firewall rules, load them, and off you go.
 
Old 03-29-2005, 01:49 PM   #8
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I will do so. Not today. I am busy with some other things right now. I am studying networking in Cisco. There are some exams in the offing.

I will come back again.
 
Old 04-19-2005, 09:23 AM   #9
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Use programs with GUI like guarddog (kde) or firestarter (gnome) for easy iptable configuration =)
 
  


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