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bought my first computer two years ago with windows pre installed, and about a month ago was pretty tired of it crashing every other day and got reading about Linux.
other things like hiding behind 3 or 4 different programs just to keep the saftey level pushed up and windows media player trying to contact microsoft HQ at every opportunity, being pinged every minuite and loads more things all added up,
in the end it was Linux or bust
just cleaned windows from the HD and had a clean install of Mandriva from 3 CD's
to tell you the truth its brought me back to life, feel at one with the computer and not as if im being conned by big profiting companies every two minuites,
now i ask you, if you know of any steps that are worth taking, do you know if i need to do critical updates or patches for bugs and viruses?
do you know if they is anything vital that should be read or downloaded and will i be attacked by hackers at any point, i didnt choose a firewall at installation and security is at standard.
if you have broadband, you'll want a firewall. couldn't hurt to use one with dial-up either. viruses are not an issue and defraging is not necessary. i haven't used mandriva for some time, but i'm sure they have some mechanism for automatically checking for updates.
Shorewall is good. The default set-up should be fine. If you want to learn about shorewall; http://www.shorewall.net/shorewall_quickstart_guide.htm
Another thing you can do is see what ports you have open;
also if you use a modem to connect most have a firewall;
nmap (modems address)
Last edited by comprookie2000; 09-09-2005 at 05:44 PM.