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Old 12-13-2013, 06:43 PM   #1
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what are the advantages of using sudo spot in firefox


Hi as related to internet security.
What would be the major advantage for going sudo spot and using firefox as a non root user?
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Old 12-13-2013, 07:25 PM   #2
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Hi

If you are browsing the internet with a web browser it is highly recommended you do so always as non-root

could you expand on what you mean by "sudo spot" please?

Do you have a user called spot?

If so, does that mean you are forced to login as root and then sudo to the non-root account?

2) maybe if relevant if you can see where my questions are going, name your distro and its version
and what desktop/window manager you are using pls

I am hoping you are not forced to login as root.

good luck
 
Old 12-14-2013, 03:15 PM   #3
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Hi ous9

My distro is linux puppy lucid ver 528
as a default it runs users in root.
I live boot from CD and have the save file on a USB flash drive.
So, system runs in RAM only.
The HD is listed but not mounted.
There is no software running linking windoze and linux.
Also, no linux partitions on HD.
The distro allows the root user to run as a restricted user under the spot command.
ie. su spot and then cd ~
the question still is: what are the differences in running firefox as root or as spot user.
What are the odds of messing up as root user and divulge personal info to the web?

Thanks again
 
Old 12-14-2013, 05:36 PM   #4
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pls ask a moderator to move this to the puppy forum

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/puppy-71/

I don't use puppy so can not help

I did find this link on the user spot

http://puppylinux.com/technical/root.htm

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since your post count is low ----the best way to do it is for you to click on the report button and then ask for it to be moved
I won't do it as you may disagree, but IMHO puppy is unique in the use of spot and I don't intend to offer any advice.

IMHO this is a post for puppy users only

good luck
 
Old 12-14-2013, 08:54 PM   #5
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If you are browsing the internet with a web browser it is highly recommended you do so always as non-root
aus9, can you provide details on why you would not want to do this?
 
Old 12-15-2013, 09:42 AM   #6
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Thank you AUS9

That link to technical-root explained quiet a bit about root and non root user issues.
I would also, like Aristocrat here like know, what grave problems can be encountered
when browsing the web as root only user. Could you give us a for example, please.

Thanks again.
 
Old 12-15-2013, 05:54 PM   #7
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no

I will start a flame war

if you do not understand how that could be, then pls do as I ask and get this post into puppy forum.
feel free to ask in that forum but I will not reply any more.

I have no objection to other posters providing guidance but I am not a fan of puppy or puplets.
 
  


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