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    Smile Question On AntiVirus

    Open to all, but I have been using Suse for a while and everything I have read has basically said, due to the file structure used in Linux, Virus Protection is NOT needed. For you old-timers, IS THIS ACCURATE? or is OpenSuse becoming suspect for Viruses?
    I don't know if I should load the virus packages from version 11.1 or not

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    Default Re: Question On AntiVirus

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    Every computer system in the world could get a virus.... it's just that
    Linux is setup well (security isn't an afterthought) so it's harder to
    catch them. First, there aren't many out there to catch, and I've never
    heard of anybody actually catching one (though proof-of-concepts exist).
    Files aren't defined by their names (don't just a book by its cover...
    or a file by its name), the current working directory isn't in the your
    PATH by default, you never run with privileges unless you know you need
    to do something system-wide, and programs are written to never need to
    do that except optionally during installation.... it's a different paradigm.

    Good luck.





    cherock1254 wrote:
    > Open to all, but I have been using Suse for a while and everything I
    > have read has basically said, due to the file structure used in Linux,
    > Virus Protection is NOT needed. For you old-timers, IS THIS ACCURATE? or
    > is OpenSuse becoming suspect for Viruses?
    > I don't know if I should load the virus packages from version 11.1 or
    > not
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    Default Re: Question On AntiVirus

    I don't use AV on Linux and nothing I see in the trends gives evidence that I should start now. ab has mentioned many of the reasons why viruses have a much harder time succeeding on Linux. All those factors add up.

    If you are handling files for Windows machines (mail, file server) then it's different.

    On the other hand, I do take seriously warnings of vulnerabilities in web browsers and plugins and update ASAP. And of course nothing will protect you if you believe the promises in spam mail.

    So enjoy Linux and have a lot of fun.

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