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    Default Viruses, malware and defragmentation in Open SuSe 13.1

    Do we have to worry about viruses, malware and defragmentation in Open SuSe 13.1 as we do in windows? Thanks, bdtennis

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    Default Re: Viruses, malware and defragmentation in Open SuSe 13.1

    On 2013-12-03 15:46, bdtennis wrote:
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    > Do we have to worry about viruses, malware and defragmentation in Open
    > SuSe 13.1 as we do in windows? Thanks, bdtennis


    As you do in Windows, no, absolutely not.


    As we do in Linux, the answer has different shades.

    Virus, no, I have not seen any in 15 years of Linux usage.

    Defragmentation, same thing.

    Malware, it is possible. But the tool is not an antivirus, it is
    sensible usage, like keeping your system updated, not running as root,
    having the firewall up, using apparmour when possible, being careful
    with what sites you visit, etc.


    Notice that in Linux we use an antivirus for scanning incoming email
    that we send or serve to Windows machines, because for us those things
    are innocuous. It can be used also to scan folders shared with Windows
    machines. Ie, an antivirus in Linux is used to protect Windows, not Linux.

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    Default Re: Viruses, malware and defragmentation in Open SuSe 13.1

    On Tue, 03 Dec 2013 14:46:01 +0000, bdtennis wrote:

    > Do we have to worry about viruses, malware and defragmentation in Open
    > SuSe 13.1 as we do in windows? Thanks, bdtennis


    Generally, no. There are some viruses and malware out there, but it's
    fairly rare.

    Defragmentation is for less advanced filesystems than the ones used on
    Linux. Linux is designed as a multiuser system from the ground up, so
    file fragmentation isn't as big an issue as it is on a system designed as
    a single-user system from the ground up.

    Jim



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    Default Re: Viruses, malware and defragmentation in Open SuSe 13.1

    Thank you both very much. bdtennis

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    Default Re: Viruses, malware and defragmentation in Open SuSe 13.1

    Yeah there really is no need to worry about this kind of thing in linux in general.
    The only thing to worry about is social networking phishing, no OS is safe from social network scammers really so be wary who you click links from in facebook and twitter.
    Only you can really protect you in those cases, just keep rotating passwords and cleaning out your cookies and cache

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