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Old 11-11-2005, 07:03 AM   #1
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linux sequrity


What's the "basic" settings/steps i need to do when it comes to internet sequrity using Linux? I use Mandrake if thats information needed to answer my question.
Old 11-11-2005, 07:07 AM   #2
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none really, the default settings should be fine. You're not on windoze after all!

Most things (I think) need you to actively enable them, so if you haven't, then I wouldn't worry.
Old 11-11-2005, 07:08 AM   #3
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you might get better answers in the Security Section! Have a look around at some of the posts see if can get some answers from others there.
Old 11-11-2005, 07:11 AM   #4
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Well one thing i know is about access settings to files. This (-r-w) and stuff. If i make misstakes there say setting access to everyone to systemfiles things can go very bad. I just wanna make sure there are no more traps like that which i dont know about.

Looked at the sequrity forum .. apparently its like riding a skateboard in 300 mph without a firewall

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A few basics:

(1) Secure how you use the computer: Set up accounts for yourself that are not privileged in any way. Be disciplined in how you play by the rules of your own security. Don't use passwords out of a dictionary. Remove all unnecessary user-ids.

(2) Secure access to the thing: Don't run unnecessary services. If you use ssh, learn about digital certificates and use them.

(3) Keep your operating system software up-to-date: When a vulnerability is found and fixed, it does you no good if your systems don't use them.

(4) Maintain backups! Fast removable drives, especially USB 2.0 or Firewire drives, are well worth it. Many will fit in your pocket -- or in a safe-deposit box. Having more than one disk-drive in your machine is handy. Don't let this ... ... happen to you!

(5) Don't be lulled into thinking that "Linux is invulnerable." It isn't! ... Really, one major reason why Windows has gotten this reputation is that Windows users are categorically very careless, and they're given computers where they are Administrator; the Administrator user has no password; and the users are not given the slightest bit of training. They are sitting-ducks, and there are millions of them out there (waiting to be invited over to dinner)... With the slightest bit of effort, even Windows can be made much more secure than it usually is.


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