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bongo22 03-27-2005 06:49 PM

Spyware ?
Is spyware/adware/malware possible on linux ?
I read that it is and that it is not, so uhm, is it or not :scratch:

jtshaw 03-27-2005 07:36 PM

Is it possible? Yes. Is it likely? Not if you use a good security policy and don't browse as root.

I'm not really sure if there is any spyware out there targeting linux yet. Certainly there isn't nearly as much as there is targeting Windows. Not enough people use Linux (and those that do tend to be more technology knowledgable and thus able to avoid malware) so it probably isn't worth the malware creators effort to build stuff that works on linux yet.

bongo22 03-27-2005 08:14 PM

So what is a good security policy according to you ?

jtshaw 03-27-2005 08:20 PM

Well, as far as malware/spyware is concerned. Don't install stuff if you don't know what it is.... and don't use the root user for everyday use and you'll be fine.

NeoAndersn007 03-27-2005 08:27 PM

since most programs on linux are open source they don't include spyware or viruses plus linux has the ability to monitor everything thats going on so nothing is invisible also linux has a good permission system.

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