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    Question 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?

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

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

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

    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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    What is SBP?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by boller4president View Post
    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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    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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    Default Re: is it necessary to use an antivirus in linux

    Quote Originally Posted by more_red View Post
    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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    Default Re: is it necessary to use an antivirus in linux

    This is basically not true Linux experts wine over virus - vnunet.com.
    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.


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    .. 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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