Originally posted by hannible808
well I dont know about you people but I think it would be nice to see norton internet security ported, along with their world famous virus software. but what do I know Im just a newbie trying to get clamva installed
A lot of new people are asking about AV software / firewalls / and Security Utilities.
The fact is - at least for today - you seriously don't need anything like that.
Here is a Linux vs Windows story:
My ADSL went down for 1 month.
I urgently needed to access the internet - so had to use a dialup.
I have a desktop and a laptop - no dialup modem (couldn't find one) but remember that there is an internet dialup inside the laptop and I could then form a network.
One problem though - it was a "winmodem" and while it is possible to make that work I couldn't afford the time and effort. And I shall be cursed! I wiped the laptop and installed Windows XP
All very well - .. network looked fine ; laptop didn't have any important files anyway - and Windows XP kept warning me of an activation which I am not entitled anymore - since I've reinstalled the OS more than 7-8 times or something.
Despite having the internal XP firewall on - and killing any server services I wouldn't be needing - I got infected with a nasty virus in less than 2 hours! It kept shutting down my laptop. I didn't even surf the net.
My friend said "Well your fault! You should have something like Norton Antivirus! before anything else!"
(Yeah sure $50 extra for an OS that will be wiped out soon anyway). Also there is the argument that I should have done an Update (mmm 3 hours downloading would still get me infected)
But I just came to the conclusion - how incredibly dependent *and* accustomed Window users are with third party security software. And then they come to Linux ....
There probability of you getting a Linux virus is 0.0000000.....0000...0000...00 %
You have to work extremely hard into getting ur machine infected with a Linux virus.
Like installing a very old version of Red Hat 6.2 and then trying to find the code on line for a proof-of-concept virus (ie written in a lab just to show then it was possible) - compiling the code and execute it.
To get a worm - you would have to have an old unpatched version of Apache running.
And again find the code of a real Linux-server worm (extinct these days) - compile and run it.
Unless there are some Linux/Window Apache worms in the wild - haven't checked yet.
Sill unlike Windows - Linux Desktops usually have all servers either disabled or not installed at all. People just want to check their email, surf the web, play games - not have a full Internet Service Provider running from home (which is the jobs of servers).
Linux comes with IPChain switched on - a basic firewall - that will protect most people from extremely rare server hack attempts. Further to that - most Linux distribution come with automatic security updates - making the job of a hack attempt frustrating - verging on the impossible (specially for non-servers: ie my machine and yours).
Some distribution such as Mandrake give you extra security levels: ranging from "default" - to " paranoid".
The only advantage of having an anti-Virus in Linux - is that it will clean any window virus attachment (in case you want to forward it to someone else). Anti-Viruses in Linux can be beneficial if you run a mixed enviroment and Samba shares.
To be free from any trouble just remember the simple rules:
- dont run program as root unless you really have to.
- dont install anything that doesn't come from a trusted source. Some packages - auto check itself and won't install if it has been tampered with - and most sources provide the MD5 signature if people want to double check them.
- never share your login password and specially your root password
- have your security updates on auto
Those rules comprise your "Security Software" and you will never ever need something like Norton.