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    I've been wondering about something the other day, as I heard on the news about microsoft and apple, having back doors built into the IOS of both systems. What I was wondering was if ubuntu has a back door. Please be truthful, it won't change the fact that I will still use linux to surf (it's safer and more reliable than microsoft and cheaper than apple).

    On a different note, could someone tell me how I can get into specific forums and sub-forums (ex.: the security forum)? It's been a while since I last came here, and the layout changed since my last visit.


    Sincerely

    Ciscoboy

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    Re: security

    Security Forum here.
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    Re: security

    I really don't think there can be known back doors in Ubuntu or any Linux Distro due to Linux being Opensource. Sort of hard to hide something like that when the code must be published for the public to see.

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    Re: security

    Quote Originally Posted by ciscoboy View Post
    I've been wondering about something the other day, as I heard on the news about microsoft and apple, having back doors built into the IOS of both systems. What I was wondering was if ubuntu has a back door. Please be truthful, it won't change the fact that I will still use linux to surf (it's safer and more reliable than microsoft and cheaper than apple).

    On a different note, could someone tell me how I can get into specific forums and sub-forums (ex.: the security forum)? It's been a while since I last came here, and the layout changed since my last visit.


    Sincerely

    Ciscoboy
    The better way to learn about ubuntu security is to read some of the stickies in this subforum, for example a basic one is ubuntu security by bodhi.zazen. You can start from it.

    Also, to point, that these fora use to be very objective.

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    Re: security

    @ciscoboy, if you go to the main page of the forum, you'll see a listing of all the sub-forums. We've actually made it much easier to find things, than with the previous version.

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    Re: security

    Ubuntu has no known backdoors and it would be very hard to hide one because Ubuntu is open source and worked on by many people and reviewed by many more. If you want to be as secure as possible, use TAILS. However, it is very slow (has to be in order to be that secure) so is not recommended for every day use.

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    Re: security

    If you are talking about the relationship between Microsoft and Apple and the NSA's "PRISM" program, none of that has anything whatsoever to do with Windows or OS X. I recommend spending less time reading paranoid tech blogs and paying more attention to actual journalism.

    I'll just add that I'm not happy about NSA surveillance and have said so repeatedly in comments to the New York Times. However I think it is important to start from a factual basis when discussing these issues. Reality is scary enough: http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/201...nsadatacenter/
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    Re: security

    Thank You to everyone that replied. I sure am glad to surf the web with a safe OS. I'm seriously considering on turning my windows tower to linux, now.

    Ciscoboy

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    If you want a backdoor, then you have to install it yourself. I recommend SSH, though it is more like a front door...

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