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Old 11-21-2003, 08:10 PM   #1
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The biggest problem I had with windows was the ease with which new programs could be installed. I'm sure most of us have had an online "sneak-attack" where a bunch of stuff that we never asked for was downloaded and installed without our knowledge.
I was wondering if I have to worry much about spyware or garbage showing up on my box. If I don't is it because of the "security through obscurity" thing or do you HAVE to be logged in as root to install stuff?
I'm curious about any linux security pros/cons.
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Old 11-22-2003, 12:49 AM   #3
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Generally speaking, you have to be root for things to install. You could download a static binary or other non system critical executing program and install into a user's directory, however, it still can't harm the system. Just the user's account, and only if mailcious. As already mentioned, spyware is rare and wouldn't last long in Linux. Get a good firewall, don't run as root (for security and the peace of mind that you can't accidentally hose your system), turn off all uneeded services (and keep up to date on services you need w.r.t security updates) and you are good to go.



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