I understand that Linux is significantly safer than Windows when it comes to viruses because less viruses are developed for it. How safe is Ubuntu from malicious browser scripts such as cross site scripting?
I work in a field that requires me to access some shadier parts of the web, so absolute "safe browsing" isn't as valid of an option, and programs such as NoScript aren't really an option because I need scripts enabled too frequently. Are there any preventative measures I can take?
Some further clarification- I have Firefox not accepting third party cookies, clearing cookies after it closes, telling sites "Do Not Track" (although I get the impression malicious websites don't respect this..), and although I need History enabled, I never save any passwords or form information. I don't know much about malicious scripting, but most posts about safety suggest things that aren't options to me, such as installing programs that block scripts across the board. I don't download and run anything stupid, but I do need to access very suspicious pages sometimes and I'd like to know the extent of what a malicious script on a page can do on a linux system.