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Windows 7: Linux users -- Browsers / Malware still EASILY possible

17 Oct 2010   #1

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server
 
 
Linux users -- Browsers / Malware still EASILY possible

Hi all
Although a Windows 7 Forum there are a lot of people here running Linux
I just want to point out to users that it's very easy to get carried away thinking that Linux is fairly safe compared with Windows as far as viruses are concerned.

While the OS is itself of course safer in that regard -- drive by code executed by browsers and rogue sites for example trying to fool people into giving away passwords and bank codes STILL work with Linux. (HTML code / browser operation etc is common to both Windows and Linux).

So dangers STILL exist for Linux users too -- always be on your guard when using the web WHATEVER OS you are using.

Your OS won't be infected so often or even at all but your Bank account can still get emptied or worse.

Don't be lulled into a false sense of security because you are using Linux or even a Mac.

Cheers
jimbo

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17 Oct 2010   #2

W7 Professional x64
 
 

Great advice, especially with the Ubuntu 10.10 Thanks!
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17 Oct 2010   #3

Windows 7 Pro/Ultimate x 64 & Windows 8.1 x 64
 
 

Good advice for using any OS, Jimbo45 I personally will never bank on line or use credit cards on line and the only info I begrudgingly give out is my Email address or use a disposable one.(eg: free software/games) If more info is required it better be justified (IE: taxes). I've come across some sites that will want a life history/survey just for a free download. Avoid these sites at all costs whether they are legitimate or not and yes they may share your personal info with other sites even if they say they will not. (Can anybody say SPAM)
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17 Oct 2010   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
Hi all
Although a Windows 7 Forum there are a lot of people here running Linux
I just want to point out to users that it's very easy to get carried away thinking that Linux is fairly safe compared with Windows as far as viruses are concerned.

While the OS is itself of course safer in that regard -- drive by code executed by browsers and rogue sites for example trying to fool people into giving away passwords and bank codes STILL work with Linux. (HTML code / browser operation etc is common to both Windows and Linux).

So dangers STILL exist for Linux users too -- always be on your guard when using the web WHATEVER OS you are using.

Your OS won't be infected so often or even at all but your Bank account can still get emptied or worse.

Don't be lulled into a false sense of security because you are using Linux or even a Mac.

Cheers
jimbo
While I agree with your advice Jimbo I think it needs to be said that this is not a linux security issues over just a browser one

If Firefox (or any other browser for that matter) had the security of a linux box....well...we would probably not be having this conversation

Moral of the story....it is because of the browser that the vulnerability exists in linux....not the linux security model
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17 Oct 2010   #5

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

A very good point, Jimbo, and thanks for bringing it up. We should not be complacent, especially when it comes to computer security. Regardless of the OS that we use, we should ensure that we have security program(s) installed, and that their database(s) is/are kept upto date. The reason why PCs running Windows are more susceptible to malware attacks than MACs or systems running Linux is simply a matter of economics - there are far more Windows-based machines out there than machines running an alternative OS, and therefore malware writers will get a bigger return by targeting the biggest market. That is not to say that the other OSes aren't targeted - they are, but not to the same extent as the potential returns are less.
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17 Oct 2010   #6

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

For guys on linux, heres a security primer.

Linux Security for Beginners - Table of Contents
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17 Oct 2010   #7

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

A perfect definition of Security Through Obscurity... Security should never be taken for granted...
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17 Oct 2010   #8

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

There are anti virus programs available for Linux as well.
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17 Oct 2010   #9

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

how many times?

...if you're paranoid about 'security', don't go online.
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17 Oct 2010   #10

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mickey megabyte View Post
how many times?

...if you're paranoid about 'security', don't go online.
Virus may come from a flash drive as well.
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