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Old 12-03-2012, 03:41 PM   #1
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Security "Scale"; similar to Volume, wanted/needed..


Hello;
I have a suggestion for the Software Engineers, here.

On the few Linux Distros that I have looked at; and even on Mint 10 [I have Mint 14 DVD ordered] I have noticed that a Lot of Attention has been placed on "Security".
I; personally, would like to have an application with a sliding Security "Scale" Similar to the Volume "Scale", and just AS adjustable.

I can think of NO reason for me to have to put in a "Password" before Sending email.
If I ignore Mint 10 for about 5-10 minutes, I Must enter a "Password!"

LOL! Yes; I think that there may be an "Easy Fix" for that, that I am just not aware of.

Just a suggestion-for-consideration, as I have not seen such a scale, as of now.
Thanks for Your Consideration,
Later, Gerald
 
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Old 12-03-2012, 04:34 PM   #3
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"Noted": Not Everyone is a Software Engineer, on LQ

Thank You; Mr. Moderator, for bringing THAT to my attention.

My previous post Was directed at the [few or many] Software Engineers that show up on LQ. I did leave something out of the previous post: I think that Two Scales would be needed; One for "Incoming" and one for "Outgoing". Adjustable from "O" to "Paranoid." lol

Thanks, Later, Gerald
 
Old 12-03-2012, 09:00 PM   #4
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There is one like that on mint. It's the UFW firewall. By default it's set to deny all incomming connections and allow all outgoing connections. You can however tweak/alter these settings. Please ensure that you understand what you're doing before you make any changes though.
 
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:19 PM   #5
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UFW Firewall..?

Thanks inkit;
I'll have to do some research, as I do Not want to mess anything up.
thanks for the clue.
Later, Gerald
 
Old 12-03-2012, 09:53 PM   #6
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Not really "Like" an Adjustable Volume Control..

LOL..."That" may do the "Trick"; but, too complicated/need to know ip addresses/seems to be for Programmers Only.

For Me to make That "Adjustable" would be like me modifying my car so that I could "Hand" crank it=in reverse, of course.
Thanks; but, No Thanks!
Later, Gerald
 
Old 12-04-2012, 07:35 AM   #7
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Check out firestarter then. I too found ufw a little daunting initially, but firestarter was just right. And reading through the documentation for firestarter is usually good enough to get you started. It's in the mint repositories and you can install it from there itself.
 
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Originally Posted by XMarine View Post
(..) I; personally, would like to have an application with a sliding Security "Scale" Similar to the Volume "Scale", and just AS adjustable. I can think of NO reason for me to have to put in a "Password" before Sending email. If I ignore Mint 10 for about 5-10 minutes, I Must enter a "Password!"
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(..)I think that Two Scales would be needed; One for "Incoming" and one for "Outgoing". Adjustable from "O" to "Paranoid."
At the basic practical level you should understand that Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu. One of the things Ubuntu added was a restriction on privileges. This means that for any operation that requires elevated privileges you must enter your password. (They made it easy for you: you don't need to understand privileges or what root is about: just enter your password.) With respect to day to day usage Linux Mint uses Seahorse for password management. (They made it easy for you: you don't need to understand passwords or that Seahorse is a front-end for Gnome Keyring: just enter your password.) Seahorse takes care of integrating applications like Google Chrome, Nautilus, Gedit or Evolution. Some applications don't integrate without extra work and some simply don't integrate at all. So if seamless password management is important to you then choose the applications you use wisely. More importantly however it would be a mistake to regard Security as a fire-and-forget one-off from a conceptual point of view, with regard to Operating System architecture and practically speaking looking at implementation of integration across the various subsystems and applications.

Security on Linux doesn't use a slider like for example Microsoft Windows UAC configuration would: that is not "how Linux works". Mind you, if from that you would conclude it points to a deficiency then it isn't one on the conceptual or architectural plane but rather a hiatus in education with respect to "how Linux works".
 
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Old 12-04-2012, 11:56 AM   #9
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5 Stars= Very Informative Post!

THANK YOU; Mister Moderator,
THAT Was Very Informative! I appreciate that you took the time to save Me a LOT of time. [research]

What impressed me the Most was: "Choose the applications that you use wisely."

Thanks Again; Later Gerald
 
  


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