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Old 07-12-2007, 03:42 PM   #1
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Internet Security Software


Hello,

Since I am new to the Linux OS, what are some of the top Anti-Virus, Firewall, and Backup programs that are available for download.

I appreciate the help.

Thank You!
 
Old 07-12-2007, 03:49 PM   #2
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you don't need anti-virus for linux
 
Old 07-12-2007, 04:33 PM   #3
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Linux has a firewall built into the kernel, called iptables. Most linux distros set this up for you rather intelligently - so chances are you already have firewall and didn't know it. Backup programs are highly varied, and it depends on what you want to do with it. For most desktop users, all you need is a CD burner. It's easy to restore your programs, so you only need to worry about your documents. And anti-virus - as aceOfSpades said, you don't really need one. If you are uber-paranoid check out ClamAV, but it's mostly intended to look for Windows viruses. Linux just doesn't get viruses often at all.
There is something like a virus scanner that you may be interested in, called a rootkit hunter. However, I've never heard of a rootkit that could install itself without a human's help, so you only need that if you've angered someone with considerable computer skills, or the NSA doesn't like you, or you store millions of dollars of financial info on that computer.
 
Old 07-12-2007, 04:45 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by AceofSpades19
you don't need anti-virus for linux
With all due respect, but that's the short-sighted answer.


True you don't need AV software unless you regularly share any files with lesser-capable OSes, but GNU/Linux has it's own share of trouble (worms, root kits, exploits and such). Check out the LQ FAQ: Security references and search for Aide / Samhain, Tiger / Nsat, Chkrootkit / Rootkit Hunter. As far as firewalls are concerned there is only one and it's called the Netfilter framework. The "frontend" is a commandline tool called "iptables". There are many graphical interfaces that can help you set up rules. Look in your distro's repositories or check out Freshmeat.net or Sourceforge.net. Can't recommend any since I use iptables. Backups are indeed important. There are many applications that can help you set up an automated backup scheme. Same here: look at your distro's repository or check out Freshmeat.net or Sourceforge.net. Can't recommend any here either because I use a custom backup script.


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There is something like a virus scanner that you may be interested in, called a rootkit hunter. However, I've never heard of a rootkit that could install itself without a human's help, so you only need that if you've angered someone with considerable computer skills, or the NSA doesn't like you, or you store millions of dollars of financial info on that computer.
Being one of the developers I can tell you Rootkit Hunter is not "like a virus scanner". Worms have been known to install backdoors automagically and you don't need that much "skillz" to install a rootkit. If you "store millions of dollars of financial info" on a computer you most likely don't run it like the OP does.
 
Old 07-13-2007, 01:17 AM   #5
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Well then, I retract my statement on automagic rootkits. I've been lucky enough to never be the victim of one - so I'm slightly ignorant of the subject.

A note to the OP: unSpawn is as near as I can tell at least one of the leading *nix security folks on the board. If ever I say something, and he disagrees - trust him.
 
  


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