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Old 03-12-2008, 12:22 PM   #1
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For new to linux...


For people coming from a different OS...
..It may take some time but you 'll get used to linux.

Don't double click just about anything you see in order to install it.

Don't restart the pc every time you install something.

Don't be surprised if after a month,two or more you where never asked to restart your linux box, nothing is wrong.

If you want to install an app try your distro's package manager, usually it is easier than commands and safer than ..”double click”!

package managers :

apt - debian ubuntu pclinuxos..
rpm – fedora mandriva suse..
tgz packages – slackware..

Package management is critical for deciding the distro you will end up with. http://distrowatch.com/

graphics apps :
gimp, inkscape, scribus, blender

video/sound apps :
exaile, amarok, audacity, sound converter, mplayer , vlc, kino

virtual drives, iso : acetonISO2 is cooooool!!

If you feel like you wanna burn something try k3b or brasero.

Install a startup configuration program (sysv-rc-conf //with apt//) if you want to disable startup services you don't need
and become a bit more secure and fast.

Remember.. even with no firewall or no antivirus linux is pretty safe.
Don't start searching for 15 software firewalls, 35 anti-virus apps, 20 anti-spyware apps to feel safe, you don't need all these.
ClamAV is all you need about virus scanning, mostly for protecting other's pcs, not yours. windows viruses can't harm a linux pc.
My personal opinion is that with linux, if you have a hardware firewall and do all the security updates regularly you don't really need a software firewall.
But If you want one to control outbound traffic try firestarter. Another good tool is nmap, BUT..

Don't just get psycho about security.. “who is trying to hack me??” , “hackers are watching my every move”, “Someone tried to steal my precious mp3 files” , “worms and horses are running into my home pc” and so on.. Unless you run a server or have sensitive data, you just need basic security and not paranoid security. If home users need paranoid security what kind level of security should servers use??!! What would a hacker/lamer steal from a home pc????? Mp3's? vacation photos?? college videos??? your CV??? ..I think hackers/lamers have more important stuff to do. Just secure these folders with root permissions, use a safe root password and you are done.

You could save sensitive data on a external hard disk or a large capacity usb stick.
You should always have a back-up anyway.

Searching a month trying to find a way to bullet-proof secure a port is more like trouble unless you like security stuff. It is good to know about security issues but home pcs are supposed to be fun and to make our lives easier, saving us time.

have fun..

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Old 03-12-2008, 03:36 PM   #2
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Very positive post.

GNU/Linux will help you *use* your computer - for things it was meant to do.

The great thing about computer related topics is that like this forum, you can take it to many directions.

The only thing I would disagree with is being paranoid. You should take Internet security and personal info security very seriously. Cyber crime and identity theft are #1 on the list now - so get down to your local bookstore and *do* learn the basics of Internet security, firewalls, BIOS passwords and the like. It's not that hard anymore, and you shouldn't trust anyone else but you to keep your MP3 collection or tax preparation info or whatever safe.

Just my two cents.

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Old 03-12-2008, 07:12 PM   #3
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Yeah, good post, but my 2 cents worth; remember, a lot of people just want access to your machine in order to attack others/store child porn etc (google botnet).
They want your resources not your info (unless you area bank/mil site).
Also, (should be a default by now) disallow any kind of remote root login, inc via ssh. There's a lot of scripts hammering on this.
Only login as your self and then 'su -' or sudo up to do priv stuff.

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Old 04-11-2008, 04:44 PM   #4
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Yes linux is an improvement on Windows in many ways, even if the majority haven't caught up yet-leading to problems of it's own. I can only echo the concerns for decent security and as linux becomes more popular (and it will,especially if Microsoft continue to be so greedy) then the criminal fraternity will look elsewhere to make money. Malitious (eek spelling) people attack Microsoft software but largely affect individuals such as themselves, the logic escapes me.

Roy
 
Old 04-12-2008, 12:49 AM   #5
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While it is much easier to stay out of trouble with a linux box than some other commercial operating systems, we need to get people in the habit of caring about security.

Nothing is more critical than strong passwords, up to date packages, and a good enough understanding of security to have common sense about it. WIthout these three things, you WILL get comprimised. The difference is it will take a year to get compromised under linux, vs the 11 seconds with windows on agverage (im talking out my butt with the numbers, but its probally a good guess)


As more people use linux, it will become a bigger target. There are many reasons it is fundumentally harder to attack linux, but the payoff for rootkiting a linux box are bigger than the payoffs of rootkiting a windows box. If nothing else, linux netowrking is by default more robust, and makes for a better platform to attack other systems from.
 
Old 04-12-2008, 04:43 AM   #6
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Quote:
Originally Posted by chrism01 View Post
Also, (should be a default by now) disallow any kind of remote root login, inc via ssh. There's a lot of scripts hammering on this.
I would move ssh to a different port, that way if they hit 22, there's nothing there.

Also if you do need remote acccess, firewall all incomming traffic, but allow traffic on the new ssh port # from the IP address you will be accessing your PC from.

hosts.deny can control remote access to your computer as well.

-JJ

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