firewalls, anti-virus and spyware
I've just started using Linux a couple of days ago when my windowsXP restore disk for my laptop wouldn't work, so I decided to try Ubuntu instead. So far I'm really enjoying using it. I liked it so much that this morning I created a 2nd partition on my desktop PC and installed Ubuntu to that as well.
This probably isn't the right forum for asking questions, but since I'm new and while I'm posting I would like to ask about firewalls, anti-virus and spyware. Well basically do I need a firewall and anti-virus and what sort of risk is spyware to Linux systems?
NoScript, General Firefox Security, Other Add-ons, Live CD Passwords
Have you changed the default password to a secure one?
Originally Posted by peteuplink
A lot of people don't even realize they have to do that.
Last I checked, Clam AV had a pathetic detection rate.
and I've just installed Clam to Ubuntu
Perhaps someone can comment on whether there's been any improvement recently or mention a superior alternative.
1.) Essential information for securing Firefox , including instructions on using NoScript:
and I've been told that adding noscript and adblock plus should take care of any spyware.
(Hasn't been updated in some time but mostly still relevant)
2.) I am under the impression that judicious use of NoScript: being highly discriminatory and selective in allowing scripts and plugins, is probably one of the single greatest security precautions one can take.
If one uses NoScript well, then I not only wonder how much additional security AdBlock Plus would provide but whether it could even pose an additional risk.
Why, you ask? How could that possibly be?
Because it has been pointed-out and discussed that each and every additional Firefox add-on poses a potential security risk*.
NoScript is not for everyone, though; some (probably many, if we're talking about average or typical users) will simply find it too confusing and/or annoying. For such people, I suspect that the security benefits of using AdBlock Plus would outweigh any potential risks.
3). Use as few plugins as possible. Disable whichever ones you don't need.
*And for that matter, I wonder whether it is only a matter of time before someone comes-up with a way to bypass NoScript. What happens then?
How would this apply to running a live CD, where both the root as well as "demo", "guest" or "user" passwords are public knowledge?
Originally Posted by gnuuser