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    Question regarding viruses attacks less in linux

    generaly there is a opinion that linux bases os's are not much infected by virus or spy ware as windows get.I am a new guy to ubuntu and linux.

    could any one give me in depth reason for this......
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    Re: regarding viruses attacks less in linux

    1) Noone makes virus for Linux.

    2) Linux is just safer compared to Vista, regarding viruses/spyware etc.

    3) If you have a dual-boot you need anti-virus. This is to protect Windows (you can get virus on Linux, but it wont infect it, just jump to Windows).

    If you're scared of hacking atempts, install Firestarter.
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    Re: regarding viruses attacks less in linux

    Firestarter is only a frontend for the built in firewall in Ubuntu. You should only need Firestarter if you want to configure the firewall (iptables) The firewall just works in the background.

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    Re: regarding viruses attacks less in linux

    1. Most Windows users use Windows XP and operate as administrator, because the way XP is set up, it's too much trouble to run as a limited user.

    2. There is a higher percentage of Windows users who are not computer savvy and thus are more susceptible to social engineering, which is how a lot of breaches in security happen.

    3. Windows is a bigger target on the desktop/laptop scene and has more malware produced for it (almost the computer equivalent of living in a "bad neighborhood").

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    Re: regarding viruses attacks less in linux

    Quote Originally Posted by aysiu View Post
    1. Most Windows users use Windows XP and operate as administrator, because the way XP is set up, it's too much trouble to run as a limited user.

    2. There is a higher percentage of Windows users who are not computer savvy and thus are more susceptible to social engineering, which is how a lot of breaches in security happen.

    3. Windows is a bigger target on the desktop/laptop scene and has more malware produced for it (almost the computer equivalent of living in a "bad neighborhood").
    It says your forum staff... I question why.
    1) True, but no relevance[ was said].
    2) Wrong.
    3) So extremely wrong I could cry.

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/securit...x/#execsummary
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    I gave up on this argument 20 years ago.
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    Re: regarding viruses attacks less in linux

    Quote Originally Posted by downhillgames View Post
    It says your forum staff... I question why.
    1) True, but no relevance[ was said].
    Sure it has relevance:
    By finding a security hole in Windows you can control the whole system then as admin. By finding a security hole in a linux application you are (most likely) to be restricted controling that one application.
    So if Windows users wouldn't run as administrators, there's also less things one can do with that security hole.

    Quote Originally Posted by downhillgames View Post
    2) Wrong.
    Why?

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    Re: regarding viruses attacks less in linux

    Quote Originally Posted by downhillgames View Post
    It says your forum staff... I question why.
    Go ahead and question it. I hope you have fun doing so.

    1) True, but no relevance[ was said].
    Of course it's relevant. The original question was generaly there is a opinion that linux bases os's are not much infected by virus or spy ware as windows get.I am a new guy to ubuntu and linux.

    could any one give me in depth reason for this......


    That's one of the reasons Windows is more infected--the habits of Windows users.

    2) Wrong.
    Not a very thorough rebuttal.

    3) So extremely wrong I could cry.
    Again, no reason given.

    I've read it. So what?

    Even if Linux is more secure by design, the end user ultimately determines whether the operating system gets breached or not, since most attacks take advantage of social engineering or too-simple passwords. And, actually, if you run Windows XP as a limited user, it can be quite secure. As I said before, though, most Windows users run Windows as administrator.

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    Re: regarding viruses attacks less in linux

    Quote Originally Posted by Ub1476 View Post
    1) Noone makes virus for Linux.
    Not true. Linux is often the target for attacks, including viruses. The major difference is Linux generally has a permission system in place to ensure that nothing can spread to critical areas.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ub1476 View Post
    2) Linux is just safer compared to Vista, regarding viruses/spyware etc.
    Vista/Windows XP can be exceptionally secure, if you know what you're doing. The main difference is still the permission system, which could be "partially" solved by running Windows and using an account that doesn't have administrator access.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ub1476 View Post
    This is to protect Windows (you can get virus on Linux, but it wont infect it, just jump to Windows).
    Not sure where you heard that, but no virus will spread from Linux to Windows.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ub1476 View Post
    If you're scared of hacking atempts, install Firestarter
    Firestarter is just a graphical interface for IPTables.

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    Re: regarding viruses attacks less in linux

    Quote Originally Posted by ~LoKe View Post

    Not sure where you heard that, but no virus will spread from Linux to Windows.
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    But a linux machine can play host to a windows virus, which can infect windows mahines. a user could potentially download a windows virus that will do nothing in linux but if a windows computer accesses that drive it could end up harming windows.
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    Re: regarding viruses attacks less in linux

    Quote Originally Posted by LowSky View Post
    But a linux machine can play host to a windows virus, which can infect windows mahines. a user could potentially download a windows virus that will do nothing in linux but if a windows computer accesses that drive it could end up harming windows.
    No. Again that falls under the super user permission system. Even if you mounted your Windows hard drive in Linux, it would be in /media/windows. /media is on the root directory and requires the use of sudo to write to that folder. Without super user access, nothing will "spread".

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