I am running Win 98 and Redhat 9, dual boot with Grub. I'm all ready to move over to Redhat 9 as I now have my modem working.
Then I thought about security and panicked. On the Windows side I have Norton Security, which gives me Anti virus protection, intrusion detection, personal firewall and security.
As I am new to Linux I want to eventually try different distributions and have Suse Linux Personal 8.2 waiting in the wings.
I need an overview and then the specifics. Everyone says with Linux you should understand what you are doing, yet when I talk about protection virus, worms etc. I get told don't worry about it. MY QUESTION IS WHY NOT?
I'd rather have an understanding now, rather than finding out later. (My example of this is the problems I had with my modem, someone should have told me in the beginning about soft modems and the most as a Newbie I would be capable of is buying an external serial modem. Rather than spending months trying to get a modem to work when I didn't have the technical expertise) My worries are what stops people getting personal information off my machine when I am online?
I know I get told not to worry about viruses, however I know there are Linux viruses out there such as Ping of Death. How do I stop things like that?
One of the things I know are not to use root unless I have to. I hope to buy Win4Lin so I can run my Window programmes in Linux. Will this make any difference to the protection of my machine.
I get the feeling that the answers are out there somewhere, but are so different to what I am used to, I'm looking right past them.
I understand that if I am using my machine as a server to a Windows machine I will need antivirus software. I've still to work out what a server is.
I would like it if the protection came in the form of something ready made and free, like anti virus software and firewall, and whatever else I need. Is there anything I don't know about?