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    well guys I'm hereing so much crap about linux now not secured and I'm waiting for the 14.04 to come out and put it on my desktop only and I bank, shop and forum read to just window just flyers am I safe I running dual boot W7 and Ubuntu 13.10 as we speak and only on ubuntu I do my banking and W7 I download movies plus I just installed comodo antivirus for linux is that good or do I need specially when I go 14.04 that will be the only OS on my system

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    Re: Security

    I don't use any antivirus program in linux. But I use NoScript, Ghostery and HTTPS-Everywhere to make browsing the internet safer. I think the most important thing is to be cautious and to keep your linux system up to date (getting the security updates as soon as they appear).

    Please read the tips in this link for more details about security in linux

    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BasicSecurity

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    Re: Security

    when you mean use noscript ghostery and https sorry I'm getting there but is that settings in browser I use firefox and chromium
    and when I installed 13.10 I encryted my home folder and when I do 14.04 it will be by itself so I can take advantage of the ubuntu security from boot up and log in and other question I do play games I went on play on linux and notice GOM thats like steam correct
    steam and Gom is safe just not wine right

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    Yes, I use those in Firefox.

    I don't know about Steam and GOM, but I would think they are as safe as other similar web sites.

    Wine is a tool to make it possible to run some Windows programs in linux. If you run an infected program via Wine your system might get infected (at least the wine sub-system).

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    Re: Security

    when you mean use noscript ghostery and https sorry I'm getting there but is that settings in browser I use firefox and chromium
    and when I installed 13.10 I encryted my home folder and when I do 14.04 it will be by itself so I can take advantage of the ubuntu security from boot up and log in and other question I do play games I went on play on linux and notice GOM thats like steam correct
    steam and Gom is safe just not wine right

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    Re: Security

    NoScript, Ghostery, and HTTPS Everywhere are add-ons for Firefox. Hold down Shift+Ctrl+A and navigate the Get-Add-ons tab to install the add-ons mentioned. HTTPS Everywhere isn't listed and must be installed from https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere.

    I would personally advise against using NoScript until you are comfortable with basic security as it requires a bit of micro-management just to maintain (i.e. it will break a lot of websites), especially for new users. If you do plan on installing NoScript, refer to this sticky (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1912426), it is a great starting point to those new to NoScript.

    Steam is safe to use, WINE on the otherhand is as safe as you are responsible; don't install/open any untrusted Windows applications/files.

    EDIT:
    I am unsure what GOM is but from my web search it comes up as a media player for Windows (correct me if I'm wrong)? It could be installed via WINE but there are never guarentees that it will work 100%. Just ensure that it is an application you trust especially if you are considering it from a security standpoint.
    Last edited by Xentime; April 2nd, 2014 at 12:06 AM. Reason: Typo!

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    Re: Security

    Quote Originally Posted by Xentime View Post
    NoScript, Ghostery, and HTTPS Everywhere are add-ons for Firefox. Hold down Shift+Ctrl+A and navigate the Get-Add-ons tab to install the add-ons mentioned. HTTPS Everywhere isn't listed and must be installed from https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere.

    I would personally advise against using NoScript until you are comfortable with basic security as it requires a bit of micro-management just to maintain (i.e. it will break a lot of websites), especially for new users. If you do plan on installing NoScript, refer to this sticky (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1912426), it is a great starting point to those new to NoScript.

    Seam is safe to use, WINE on the otherhand is as safe as you are responsible; don't install/open any untrusted Windows applications/files.

    EDIT:
    I am unsure what GOM is but from my web search it comes up as a media player for Windows (correct me if I'm wrong)? It could be installed via WINE but there are never guarentees that it will work 100%. Just ensure that it is an application you trust especially if you are considering it from a security standpoint.
    +1

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