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Old 10-15-2003, 08:57 AM   #1
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which anti-virus/firewall

Hey guys I have been reading alot of the topics like all the ones of people being hacked and all the advice that follows.

I have in this time heard of a few antivirus/firewalls to use. I was wondering what your "Personal" favorites are for antivirus/firewalls. (or anything else that you use to secure your box)
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Old 10-16-2003, 04:51 AM   #2
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FW come down to your own personal choice I normally use Iptables that comes with Linux but there are other u may try and use goto a the following site and do a search on FW.

When it gets to virus software there r a few that I know like panda, F-Prot etc but let me give u a break down on viruses for Linux. Iḿ not say that linux is not pron to viruses but it is not as venerable as M$. The reason being is that in linux the user is not running as ROOT this means that he can only cause damage to his own /home dir. and will not effect the rest of his system that is why itś important not to run as ROOT only when necessary. .eg say u receive a email to view this file u have to detach it then maybe to execute it u have to chmod the file with x then u may execute it, while under M$ with outlook and Explorer it has bugs that allow this to happen automatically.

After this explanation I can conclude that it's not necessary to have anti virus software under linux unless u running a Samba server which shares files to other M$ box's or if u sending emails and want emails to be scanned before sending then yes.



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