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    more red NNTP User

    Default is it necessary to use an antivirus in linux


    I'm new-ish to linux but really enjoying it.
    Do i need to install an antivirus? (I have installed WINE.)
    What is recommended?

    the young but happy penguin,
    JP.


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    Hypertails NNTP User

    Default Re: is it necessary to use an antivirus in linux


    yes you should be worried about viruses

    as and operating system becomes more and more popular
    you're going to recive more secturty issus and besides some windows
    viruses will run with wine and Linux viruses exist so not having an
    antivirus is like going out in the middle of winter with out proper
    dressing


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    boller4president NNTP User

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    Well I would personally advise you do so. Just make sure regardless of
    your decision that you follow SBP. Try to avoid visiting questionable
    websites and configure SUSE firewall to be rigid.


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    microchip8 NNTP User

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    one shouldn't worry about viruses on Linux/UNIX at this point, even if
    it gets popular, the UNIX security model is much tougher than Windows.
    You all should worry more about rootkits - install rkhunter. I have ran
    various popular viruses under Wine and they all crash. If you use Linux
    as mail server for Windows machines, it's advisable to filter mails on
    the Linux server before passing them over to Windows machines, so
    antivirus on Linux in this case is a sane thing


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    boller4president NNTP User

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    Windows in all fairness has moved away from administrator(root accounts)
    as well and is constantly reinventing it's security model. Using a
    non-privileged account is prob the best prev measure you can take.


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    more red NNTP User

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    What is SBP?


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    microchip8 NNTP User

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    boller4president;1934012 Wrote:
    > Windows in all fairness has moved away from administrator(root accounts)
    > as well and is constantly reinventing it's security model. Using a
    > non-privileged account is prob the best prev measure you can take.


    this is only in the recent Vista/Win7 releases, the vast majority of
    people still use XP and to some degree 2000 (still used a lot by
    corporations)


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    more red NNTP User

    Default Re: is it necessary to use an antivirus in linux


    how does one use linux as a user without root privaledges? (i am the
    only user)
    is 'antivir' a good package to install from YaST?
    what is SBP?


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    microchip8 NNTP User

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    more_red;1934028 Wrote:
    > how does one use linux as a user without root privaledges? (i am the
    > only user)
    > is 'antivir' a good package to install from YaST?
    > what is SBP?


    - create a regular user account if you haven't already (this usually
    should be done during installation by SUSE's installer)
    - yes
    - no idea

    in a terminal, you can type *echo $UID* and if you see any number above
    0, means you're using a normal user account - suse uses 1000, 1001,
    1002, etc for normal accounts. Root is always 0


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    geoffro NNTP User

    Default Re: is it necessary to use an antivirus in linux


    This is basically not true 'Linux experts wine over virus - vnunet.com'
    (http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/21...rts-wine-virus).
    There may well be ore issues as Linux becomes more popular.But as long
    as machines are run as normal users and not root the treat is extremely
    low.


    /Geoff

    Hypertails;1933999 Wrote:
    > .. and besides some windows viruses will run with wine and Linux
    > viruses exist so not having an antivirus is like going out in the middle
    > of winter with out proper dressing



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